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Fire Smoke – the Cultural Change

Following “Know Your Smoke” training sessions, there are at least a dozen inquiries after firefighters take the education back to their departments.  Take a few minutes to view this video.  It will help you understand how to be the “change agent” in your department – and also help you lay the foundation for changing the […]

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Fort Collins and Phoenix Wrap-Up

The Coalition presented “Know Your Smoke” in Fort Collins and Phoenix in February.   According to those who attend this training, it is “life-changing” and “life-saving.”  Here are a few of the highlights. Phoenix Fire Department – Special Operations Center During the burn smoke practical session, a 5-gallon lid was heated.  As you will see […]

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Chesterfield Fire & EMS

Rick Edinger, Chesterfield Fire & EMS, shared the following document, which is the basis for change in fireground operations as a result of its acceptance of fire smoke toxicity and the hazard it has on firefighters.  Please take a moment to read and share with your department. Chesterfield Fire & EMS

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HCN & CO: Combustible Material Fire Smoke and Air Monitoring

During the Tarrant County Smoke Symposium, Dr. Donald Walsh and Captain Jason Krusen led live burn training to reveal the dangerous levels of HCN and CO present during the burning of everyday household items.  White white paper is now available.  For those who don’t believe in HCN on your fireground- this is a must read.  […]

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Gas Meters Become a Required Tool

I cannot remember the exact year but I believe it was in the 2007-2008 time-frame that I attended a presentation at FDIC on HCN. Specifically I recall that CO and HCN levels at The Station nightclub fire were incompatible with life within 90 seconds. Then the instructors discussed the Providence, RI documentation on HCN. This […]

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