FireTox is pleased to be joining with the Mid-Atlantic Center for Emergency Management & Public Safety (MACEM&PS) to develop a curriculum for WUI risk assessment and mitigation. MACEM&PS was awarded a grant to perform curriculum consultant services for the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) to support its FEMA funded project. The project team will be responsible for reviewing existing training and best practices, developing engineering based curriculum, piloting the draft curriculum, soliciting feedback from engineering and fire service professionals, and creating implementation materials. For more information on this project and WUI-related projects, click here.
The Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute recently released the findings from a year-long study titled Fireground Contaminant Exposure Control (CEC) and Health & Safety Officer (HSO) Continuing Education. This study was completed in conjunction with the University of Maryland, Department of Fire Protection Engineering, and was funded by the United States Fire Administration. The findings from this study are beneficial to HSOs responsible for the development, implementation, and management of CEC policies. The study also outlines current gaps in knowledge that need to be addressed to further efforts in reducing firefighter occupational illnesses. Access the report here.