New Online Training Program on 'Evidence Based Approaches to Reducing Firefighter Cardiovascular and Chemical Exposure Risks'

The UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (UL FSRI) partnered with the Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)released a new online training program as part of the Assessing the Cardiovascular and Chemical Risks Faced by Firefighters research grant project. 


Designed to better understand how to operate in today’s Fire Service, this project is related to the two leading firefighter health issues: cardiovascular events (heart attacks) and chemical exposures related to carcinogenic risk (cancer).


This online course serves as the culmination of experiments performed by UL FSRI as part of a research study funded by the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The purpose of this course is to increase firefighter knowledge of the health issues associated with fireground activities and to provide tactical considerations that may increase job efficiency while decreasing risk to hazardous exposures.  


“Lessons learned from the Cardiovascular and Chemical Exposure Risks in Today’s Fire Service project are now available in this new and unique format," said Director of IFSI Research, Dr. Gavin Horn. "Thanks to UL FSRI’s expertise in leveraging adult learning tools and techniques for the Fire Service, we hope this program can provide actionable insights into findings from this complex project in order to allow firefighters to under understand how this data can apply to their specific operations.” 


Relevant Resources

RESOURCE #1: Assessing the Cardiovascular and Chemical Risks Faced by Firefighter on

RESOURCE #2: Cardiovascular and Chemical Exposure Risks in Today's Training Ground on

RESOURCE #3: Protection from Chemical, Thermal, and Cardiovascular Risks: Impact of PPE Laundering and Hood Design

RESOURCE #4: 10 Considerations Related to Cardiovascular and Chemical Risks

February 6, 2019

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