Thursday, January 13 • 7:30am - 10:00am
Latest Research from UL FSRI ; NFPA Update; COVID-Long in the Fire Service

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Fire Service Exposures beyond Fire Attack

The fire service has witnessed growing evidence of increased occupational cancer and a growing body of literature focused on job-related exposures that may be encountered. It has been well documented that today’s structure fires can produce numerous known, probable and possible carcinogens. While much of this occupational exposure research has focused on structural fire responses, potential risks for post-fire scene investigators have not been characterized nearly as well. Similarly, live-fire training is evolving rapidly in part due to the use of new materials to provide smoke and fire development that appears more closely aligned with today’s fireground. However, the occupational health impacts of burning these fuels is unknown and claims that one fuel is more or less safe than another is rarely supported by data.
Underwriters Laboratories’ Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI) is working on studies to characterize occupational chemical exposure risk for post-fire investigators and fire service instructors. This presentation will provide an overview of these studies and provide a glimpse into finding that will be released in 2022.

COVID-Long in the Fire Service

Understanding the Impact of COVID-Long in the Fire Service. This portion of the presentation will outline some of the unique challenges associated with long-term symptoms following COVID infection with a special emphasis on the range of symptoms and how they affect the ability of firefighters to return to work.


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Ken Holland

Senior Specialist, NFPA
I am the NFPA staff liaison for many NFPA committees, but most relevant are the apparatus committee (1901, 1906, 1911, 1912), the ambulance committee (1917), and the deployment standards committees (1710 and 1720). I have also worked with the NFPA Fire Service Occupational Safety... Read More →
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Denise Smith

Director, First Responder Health and Safety Lab, Skidmore College
Denise L. Smith, Ph.D.is a Professor of Health and Human Physiological Sciences at Skidmore College where she directs the First Responder Health and Safety Laboratory, and a Research Scientist at the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute. Denise has coauthored a major Exercise... Read More →
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Gavin Horn

Fire Safety Research Institute
Gavin Horn is a Research Engineer with UL's Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI). Gavin’s research interests range from firefighter health and safety and first responder technology development to material testing and nondestructive evaluation. Prior to joining the FSRI team, he... Read More →

Thursday January 13, 2022 7:30am - 10:00am MST
Grande Ballroom