Smiths Detection Partners With Fire Smoke Coalition to Sponsor Firefighter
Training, Smoke Toxicant Assessment
DANBURY, Conn. -- April 4, 2014
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, Indiana.
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
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
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 and 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
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, HazMatID Elite, and GasID
were used in that study.
Smiths 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.
Director of Communications and Marketing for the Americas
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