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>> The ILLINOIS FIRE SERVICE INSTITUTE (IFSI) received an $899,269 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Fire Prevention and Safety (DHS FP&S) program. The award will fund research on reducing the occurrence of heart attacks in firefighters (a major cause of line-of-duty deaths) and slip, trip, and fall injuries (a source of line-of-duty injuries). The Cardiovascular and Biomechanical Responses to Fire Fighting and PPE research project will investigate cardiovascular function, the biomechanics of movement (balance and gait), and PPE design. Researchers will recruit 120 firefighters to participate in firefighting drills at IFSI fro...

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