Peer-Reviewed Journal Article Provides Understanding of Airborne Contaminants Produced by Different Fuel Packages During Firefighter Training
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 the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. The "Understanding Airborne Contaminants Produced by Different Fuel Packages During Training Fires" focuses on research results from the Cardiovascular & Chemical Exposure Risks on Today's Training Ground study.
Firefighters are often exposed to various airborne pollutants and contaminants during emergency responses, but may also be exposed on the training ground depending on the types of training fuels utilized during live-fire training activities. This article details research conducted on firefighter and fire instructor exposures during firefighter training and provides suggested usage of protective equipment as well as decontamination procedures following the training.
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.