Fire Suppression and Firefighter Physiology and Exposure Risks

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Gavin Horn and Denise Smith have an update regarding research on firefighter physiology and exposure risk studies undertaken by the Illinois Fire Service Institute along with NIOSH and UL, including fire suppression activities’ effects on cardiovascular health and chemical exposure.

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Gavin Horn
Director of Research
Illinois Fire Service Institute

Gavin Horn has served as the director for the IFSI Research program at the Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI), a department within the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 2004. In that same year, he received a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. IFSI Research studies focus on firefighter health and safety, first responder technology development and material testing. Gavin also serves as a volunteer firefighter/engineer with the Savoy (IL) Fire Department.

Denise Smith
First Responder Health and Safety Laboratory, Skidmore College

DENISE L. SMITH, Ph.D., is a professor of health and exercise 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. She has coauthored an exercise physiology textbook and an advanced cardiovascular exercise physiology textbook and has contributed to a textbook on live fire training. She has conducted far-reaching research on the cardiovascular strain associated with firefighting and has lectured extensively on health and safety issues in the fire service. She is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and a member of the National Fire Protection Association Fire Service Occupational Safety and Health committee.

Moderator: Bobby Halton
Fire Engineering Magazine

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