Underwriters Laboratories' Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI) and its partners just released the new online course Cardiovascular and Chemical Exposure Risk Considerations During Training.
This free course looks at smoke hazards from the types of fuels more commonly used in modern firefighter training, such as engineered wood products. Many firefighters treat training exercises as though they are safer than what they experience on an actual residential or commercial fireground but this is often not the case.
In addition to risks associated with live fire training, the FSRI course discusses:
- Different types of fuel selection and the exposure risks posed by them.
- Ways to reduce exposure.
- Proper personal protective equipment (PPE) use.
- PPE decontamination methods.
Other available course resources include guides on physiological responses and safety, airborne contaminants produced by different fuel packages, and exposure and absorption to chemicals during fire response.
The course is 90-minutes long and includes an introduction, three modules and a summary. FSRI's Fire Service Academy has more online courses available on a variety of topics.