SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwired - Sep 20, 2013) - According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), nearly 175,000 firefighters were injured by smoke inhalation between 1981 and 2010. And despite the fact that the number of fires in the U.S. is decreasing each year, the amount of civilians and firefighters dying in fires is actually increasing. To help educate firefighters on these dangers, RAE Systems will collaborate with the Fire Smoke Coalition to deliver the "Know Your Smoke: The Dangers of Fire Smoke Exposure" Symposium for firefighters and first responders in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, on September 22, 2013.
The free training will take place at the Bucks County Public Safety Training Center, located at 1760 South Easton Road, Doylestown, PA. The training will provide firefighters with an invaluable resource for education on the dangerous health effects of fire smoke exposure and protocol on how to proceed safely and effectively in dangerous smoke inhalation situations. Those interested in attending can find more information and register online at http://bit.ly/1b2Rvvs.
The conference includes a classroom session on Sunday followed by a live burn and smoke practical. The practical will focus on the proper use of atmospheric monitoring equipment with an emphasis on monitoring HCN and CO because those are the only two treatable toxicants if smoke exposure occurs.
During the live burn session, instructors will teach firefighters how to conduct atmospheric monitoring at every fire scene -- while burning household items such as plastics, foams, synthetics, laminates and roofing materials. Most important, firefighters will learn that every fire scene is a HazMat environment -- a cultural shift for fire departments throughout the world.
Toxic gas monitoring systems are essential life-saving components of fire department equipment. The "Know Your Smoke" event will help educate firefighters and emergency personnel on their effective use to avoid dangerous smoke inhalation, most especially during overhaul operations.
"It's important that firefighters pay better attention to the dangers, both short and long term, that are associated with fire smoke," said Shawn Longerich, Executive director of the Fire Smoke Coalition. "It will take training to change the culture among firefighters that praises smoke-filled uniforms or soot-covered faces, but the 'Know Your Smoke' program is working to help firefighters make better, more informed decisions."
Learn More, See More
- Register for the Fire Smoke Symposium training event for first-responders HERE
- Watch videos on previous Fire Smoke training sessions and RAE Systems CO gas detectors and HCN gas detectors HERE (http://www.firesmokevss.org/)
- Learn more and watch videos about real-time gas detection in the fire ground HERE (http://www.raesystems.com/emergency-responder/)
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 Inc.
RAE Systems innovates, designs and manufactures gas and radiation detectors. RAE Systems combines industry-first, field-proven functionality with its best-in-class detection capabilities to deliver unmatched integrated, real-time wireless gas- and radiation-monitoring capabilities. The company offers a full line of fixed and portable gas-detection solutions, including handheld and personal chemical, compound and radiation-detection instruments. RAE Systems' real-time safety and detection systems have been deployed by organizations in the oil and gas, fire and HazMat, public event protection, industrial plant-wide safety, national security and environmental markets, helping save lives and maintain safety in 120 countries. The company's industry-leading gas detection solutions are widely recognized for their performance and reliability. Learn more at raesystems.com.
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