Continuing its efforts to support firefighters, Smiths
Detection is again partnering with the Fire
Smoke Coalition to sponsor the free Know
Your Smoke workshop for firefighters on April 5 in Indianapolis,
In the United States, residential fires are the third leading cause of
fatal injury and the fifth most common cause of unintentional injury and
death, yet the majority of fire-related fatalities are not caused by
burns, but by smoke inhalation.
This free training session will teach firefighters about the
complexities of the combustion process which produces many gases and
toxicants, particularly Hydrogen Cyanide and Carbon Monoxide; how to
prevent smoke exposure and, most important to the communities they
serve, how pre-hospital treatment of the smoke inhalation victim must
include consideration for cyanide exposure or poisoning.
Firefighters will take valuable knowledge back to their departments to
save their own and those in their communities. The program will
introduce them to antidotal therapies an treatment protocols for
cyanide poisoning related to smoke inhalation, which have been adopted
by other states and departments and have proven to save lives.
Terry Gibson, Vice President, Americas, Smiths Detection, said: "Smiths
Detection technologies help protect first responders in the communities
they serve, and we are pleased to sponsor these life-saving trainings
and offer our most effective chemical identifiers and scientists to
support this vital firefighter safety research with the hope we can help
turn around these statistics."
Smiths Detection supports fire and smoke safety research. Last fall, it
provided services and equipment on a joint research health study
conducted with the Utah Valley University Emergency
Services Department and the Fire
Smoke Coalition. Smith Detection systems GUARDION,
Elite, and GasID
were used in that study.
Detection designs and makes advanced solutions to detect and
identify threats including explosives, chemical agents, biohazards,
nuclear, radiation, narcotics, weapons and contraband. A market leader
worldwide in providing layered security technologies, Smiths Detection
has major plants in three U.S. states. It partners with federal and
state government agencies and first responders to strengthen homeland
security and safeguard the military. Major customers include the
Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
It is part of Smiths
Group, a global leader in the practical application of advanced
technologies. Smiths Group employs around 23,000 people, including more
than 9,000 in the U.S. where it operates around 100 sites in 40 states.
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