Respiratory Exposure Study for Fire Fighters and Other Emergency Responders

Abstract

This study provides a literature review of prior research on respiratory exposure for fire fighters and other emergency responders, and includes an information collection effort that provides a summary review of field measurement technology and selected fire department Standard Operating Procedures and Standard Operating Guidelines (SOPs/SOGs) relating to respiratory exposure. The purpose of this study is to raise awareness on the need for emergency responder respiratory protection, promote and support specific fire service respiratory exposure related research, and to help develop best practice fire service guidance for determining when to use and discontinue use of self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and other respiratory protective equipment. The applications of primary focus include atmospheres that are possibly hazardous yet tenable, such as during overhaul operations, fighting outdoor fires, or limited exposure situations.

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Grant, C.C. Respiratory Exposure Study for Fire Fighters and Other Emergency Responders. Fire Technol 46, 497–529 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10694-009-0104-x

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  • emergency response
  • fire fighters
  • fire fighting
  • fire service
  • overhaul
  • respiratory exposure