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Calls from fire departments about the Cyanokit occur weekly and the leading question is: Do you know how many departments are deploying Hydroxocobalamin/Ctyanokit? The answer is simply: no – we don’t know. Knowing which departments are utilizing the antidote would be extremely helpful to other departments waging a war to secure the drug and […]Read more ›
Atmospheric Monitoring for all Firefighters
The Coalition recently publishedSmoke: Atmospheric Monitoring – The Comprehensive Guideas a training and implementation tool for all firefighters and fire departments. This is NOT a HazMat publication, but instead a guide for every firefighter to learn how and why atmospheric monitoring is necessary on every fire ground. Through the “Know Your Smoke” training program, Coalition experts […]Read more ›
NEW! Cyanide in Fire Smoke: 35 Years of Data & Research
The Know your Smoke training program offered by the Coalition has been successful based on evaluations and outcomes. Evaluations include ratings and commentary. Outcomes are based on behavioral or departmental changes directly linked to the training as reported by participants. Understanding the programmatic success, it’s a challenge to embrace the difficulties many first responders’ encounter […]Read more ›
2011 Fire Smoke and Cyanide Research
In 2011, a Review was published in the Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine entitled “Cyanide intoxication as part of smoke inhalation – a review on diagnosis and treatment from the emergency perspective.” The Abstract states: “This paper reviews the current literature on smoke inhalation injuries with special attention to the effects of […]Read more ›
New HCN & CO Atmospheric Monitoring Data
In July 2011, the Fire Smoke Coalition, Inc. hosted a conference for the Middletown Fire Protection District and surrounding areas, entitled Know Your Smoke: The Dangers of Fire Smoke Exposure . As part of the two-day training program, the second day was spent performing burn practicals with a focus on atmospheric monitoring instruction. During the training exercise, atmospheric data was collected with a primary focus on HCN & […]Read more ›
HCN CO or Both?
Victims of cyanide and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning often exhibit a similar clinical picture when presenting to emergency services. While these two toxicants have been known to exist in fire scenes and other smoke-filled environments, emergency treatment has been largely symptomatic. However, with the advent of a safe and effective antidote for cyanide and the ability to measure biological carboxyhemoglobin levels, there has been renewed emphasis on early detection and treatment of victims of these poisons.Read more ›