Cardiovascular and Chemical Exposure Risks on Today's Training Ground

Peer-Reviewed Journal Article Highlights Firefighter and Fire Instructor Physiological Responses and Safety in Various Training Environments

April 3, 2019

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The UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) Director Stephen Kerber and Research Engineer Gavin Horn co-authored a peer-reviewed journal article along fellow researchers that was published in Science Direct's Safety Science issue. The "Firefighter and fire instructor’s physiological responses and safety in various training fire environments" focuses on research results from the Cardiovascular & Chemical Exposure Risks on Today's Training Ground study. 

For firefighters around the world, fire training is vital to ensure operational readiness, but there are still hazards associated. Fire instructors do their best to create safe yet realistic training scenarios for their firefighters and these scenarios may vary in fuel type, thermal environment, and time to complete. This journal article details the research conducted on various training environments and the firefighters' and fire instructors' physiological responses. 

The research for this study was funded by U.S Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency grants. Research was conducted by UL FSRI, IFSI Research, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and Skidmore College.

Access the article here