Participants Sought for Study on Cardiovascular and Carcinogenic Risks in Fire Training Scenarios

IFSI study on firefighter health

The Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI), Underwriter Laboratories (UL), and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) are conducting the first rigorous scientific study to quantify acute physiological disruptions, including thermal and cardiac strain, and exposure to products of combustion, while firefighters conduct typical live-fire training evolutions in common training structures with various fuel packages.

To that end, the organizations are looking for participants to be involved in this study.



IFSI Study Underway on Firefighter Health



As a participant, you will …

  • Visit the IFSI campus in Champaign three times in Summer 2016.
  • Three sessions will each consist of
    • Approximately hour of data collection pre-firefighting (blood draw, urine sample, breath sample, heart rate monitor, skin wipe)
    • Live fire drill lasting 20-30 minutes – coordinated attack training scenario. You will also swallow a capsule to measure your core temperature, unless you have digestive system conditions that could put you at risk of complications from ingesting the capsule.
    • Rest and relax on the IFSI campus for the next 3 hours while attached to a heart rate monitor. During this time you will provide blood, urine, skin wipe and breath samples and have blood pressure measurements taken.

Firefighters who participate are eligible for gift cards up to $597 if allowed by their participating fire departments.

Who is eligible to participate?

In order to join this study, we are looking for firefighters who are:

  • Between the ages of 18 and 55 years old
  • Not a smoker or other tobacco user
  • Have no known cardiovascular diseases, history of any neurological disorders or digestive complications
  • Have completed an NFPA 1582 based physical in the past year (or willing to complete one provided by the study)
  • Available during June 2016 and willing to clear their schedule for 3 full test days

We will also request that participants avoid certain grilled foods, medications (e.g. aspirin), and second-hand smoke around the dates of the data collection.

Total Confidentiality

Each participant will be given an ID number and all data associated with this individual will be identified only by this number. The personal information will not be shared with IFSI instructors or anyone within your department.

For more information, details and to sign up …
Gavin Horn, Director of Research at IFSI Research

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