I don't usually use this website to promote programs or material, but I was asked to cover
the Fire Smoke Coalition's Smoke Symposium and it really opened, not only my eyes, but
everyone's eyes who attended. This is scary stuff.
I am by no means an expert on the subject, so I am not going to say too much other than
it is clear that more attention, research, and development needs to be paid to
smoke exposure and the deadly chemicals inherent therein.
This research is in it's infancy and is undoubtedly the future of safe firefighting.
It just needs to be taken more seriously.
Even though I don't personally run into buildings fighting fires, I left this symposium extremely
concerned about what I've possibly done to my own health because of being on-scene at over
800 fires over the last 11 years (!).
This is serious stuff and I hope that the many people on this mailing list (and who visit my website) in the firefighting community
the general media, and other decision-making positions, contact the Fire Smoke Coalition and learn more about what is really going
on with exposure to smoke and the products derived from it.
God Bless and Stay Safe,
Tod F. Parker
The following photographs are from the Fire Smoke Coalition's Smoke Symposium at Wayne Township Fire Department. The two-day event included a half-day of hands-on training focused strictly on metering for HCN. Questions and inquiries may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the Fire Smoke Coalition and educational programs, please visit www.firesmoke.org. Shawn Longerich Executive Director Cyanide Poisoning Treatment Coalition 120 East Market Street Suite 1201 Indianapolis, IN 46204 Direct Dial: 317.690.2542 Toll Free: 877.514.5554 "Wear your Air!"
All Photography by Tod F. Parker