RAE Systems and Fire Smoke Coalition to Provide Training in College Park for Firefighters and First Responders

“Know Your Smoke” Symposium Delivers Critical Information to Responders in Maryland

San Jose, Calif.  – May 11, 2012 – RAE Systems Inc., a leading provider of toxic gas monitoring systems, will collaborate with the Fire Smoke Coalition to deliver the “Know Your Smoke:  The Dangers of Fire Smoke Exposure” conference for Maryland firefighters at the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute in College Park, Maryland, May 19-20, 2012.

The two-day conference includes one day of classroom instruction focused on the dangers of fire smoke toxicity followed by a day of live burn practical sessions focused on atmospheric monitoring for specifically hydrogen cyanide (HCN) and carbon monoxide (CO), the only two treatable toxicants in fire smoke – if detected. Interested parties can register for this first-responder training event online at http://www.firesmokevss.org/attend/.

Toxic gas monitoring systems have become an essential life-saving component of today’s fire ground operations. The “Know Your Smoke” program will help educate firefighters and emergency personnel about how to properly use atmospheric monitoring equipment to prevent dangerous smoke exposure, most especially during overhaul operations. Leading fire service authorities on the topics of HCN and CO will present factual data relative to the dangers of fire smoke exposure – for both the firefighting and civilian populations.

The “Know Your Smoke” event offers invaluable education about the dangerous chronic and acute effects of fire smoke exposure. Focus areas include the following:

  • Fire Smoke: Perceptions, Myths and Misunderstandings
  • Air Management and NFPA 1404
  • Atmospheric Monitoring for HCN/CO – The Toxic Twins
  • Pre-hospital HCN Assessment and Antidotal Treatment

Smoke-Related Injuries In The United States Fire Service
According to the NFPA, between 1981 and 2010, 174,145 firefighters were injured by smoke inhalation.  Firefighter Injuries in the United States, Michael J. Karter, Jr. and Joseph L. Molis, 2011. 

In today’s smoke-filled environments, it’s not about how much you can stand, it’s about how little will kill you or cause long-term health problems,” said Chief Rob Schnepp, Alameda County (Calif.) Fire.

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About Fire Smoke Coalition
The mission of the Fire Smoke Coalition is to focus the required attention and resources on the deadly and life-long consequences of breathing fire smoke by teaching firefighters and first responders how to Prevent, Protect, Detect, Diagnose, and appropriately treat the exposure if it occurs. Learn more at www.firesmoke.org.

About RAE Systems  
RAE Systems innovates, designs and manufacturers gas sensors and radiation detectors. The company offers a full line of fixed gas detection and portable gas detection solutions, including handheld and personal chemical, compound and radiation detection instruments. RAE Systems’ proven real-time safety and threat detection systems have been deployed by world leaders in the oil and gas, fire and hazmat, industrial safety, national security and environmental markets, helping save lives and maintain safety in 120 countries. The company’s industry-leading gas sensors and radiation detection solutions are widely recognized for their performance and reliability. RAE Systems is based in Silicon Valley. Learn more at http://www.raesystems.com.