Firefighter Safety: A View from the Safety Officer's Seat: Fire Smoke and Safety

By Troy Clements Back in 2011, I accepted a safety officer position with Pike Township Fire Department in Indianapolis, Indiana. At the time, 16 years of experience followed me into that seat, which was accompanied by great expectations, enthusiasm and a bit of nervousness about the unknown.  One of the primary personal objectives for the job was to bring a greater awareness about the dangers of fire smoke into fireground operations. The year prior I had the opportunity to attend a "Know Your Smoke: The Dangers of Fire Smoke Exposure" training program offered by the Fire Smoke Coalition, Inc. That training program forever changed the way I think about smoke. One might belie...

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