By Mike Gagliano
Every firefighter knows that breathing smoke is a deadly dance with death. The modern smoke environment is a vicious mix of asphyxiants, toxic substances and carcinogens that literally breaks the hearts of fire departments and their families across the world.
The Fire Smoke Coalition (firesmoke.org), a division of the Cyanide Poisoning Treatment Coalition, is proud to announce a training program funded by the Department of Homeland Security to produce a landmark video that should forever change the debate on how whose air management is considered. in all departments of the country.
âOut of Airâ is a one-hour video that covers the key elements of why air management is important and what can be done to ensure firefighters minimize the risks associated with smoke from fires. The video focuses on the need / mandate / solution for a good air management program and features some of the most respected names in fire departments who speak openly and honestly about their experiences with smoke.
Firefighters will be able to hear Bobby Halton, John Norman, Alan Brunacini and John Mittendorf share their wisdom and experiences with the smoke and the impacts they have seen on their careers. Fort case studies. Worth, Houston and Charleston are explored in addition to comments from many frontline firefighters to advance the air management message. Hydrogen cyanide and carbon monoxide are coated in state-of-the-art graphics to visually demonstrate the terrible consequences of inhalation and exposure. Tips on air conservation and implementation are covered as well as discussions focusing on firefighter cancer and suspected cancer laws.
Your view of smoke will be forever changed after watching this video.
The smoke will have a major impact on your firefighters and your service. âOut of Airâ has been produced to give you the best possible chance of seeing that the impact is minimal and manageable.
âFirefighter safety is not just a slogan; it’s a call to action. This particular project is the right way to get the right behaviors down to the level of the individual firefighter. Anyone making the decision to enter a burning environment needs information about smoke just as much as we would need it about a hazardous material. It is the quintessence of being proactive; to live the lessons, so the fatalities and injuries numbers really start to reflect that we are on the move to make firefighting safe in the workplace, âsaid Chief Ron Coleman.
It is the sincere desire of everyone involved in the production of this video that you watch it, share it and use the information shared in this project. The lives of your firefighters will be impacted forever.
MIKE GAGLIANO has 25 years of fire / accident / rescue experience with the Seattle (WA) Fire Department and United States Air Force. He is the Captain of the Ladder 5 and a member of the Seattle Fire Department’s Tactical / Critical Decision Training Group. He has written extensively on fire services and is a co-author of Air management for fire Service and the SCBA chapter of Fire engineering manual for Fireman I and II (Pennwell, 2008) l. He is a member of the FDIC Advisory Board and a Trustee of the Cyanide Poisoning Treatment Coalition and teaches nationwide on air management, firefighting tactics, leadership and executive development. He and his wife Anne teach strategies to develop and maintain a strong marriage / family.
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