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RAE Systems and Fire Smoke Coalition Team Up To Educate Seattle-Area Firefighters on the "Toxic Twins"

Know Your Smoke Symposium Delivers Info about Dangerous Effects of Fire Smoke and Provides Practical Training to Increase EMS, Firefighter Awareness San Jose, Calif. -- June 19, 2013 – RAE Systems Inc., the leader in wirelessly connected gas and radiation detection solutions, will collaborate with the Fire Smoke Coalition to deliver the “Know Your Smoke: The Dangers of Fire Smoke Exposure” symposium for firefighters and first responders in Seattle, Washington on June 20, 2013. The free training will take place at the Joint Training Facility located at 9401 Myers Way South in Seattle. The training will provide firefighters and EMS personnel with an invaluable resource for education on the dangerous health effects of fire smoke exposure and protocol on how to proceed safely and effectively in during fire ground operations. The conference includes a classroom session on Thursday, June 20, followed by a live-burn and smoke practical. The live-burn practical will focus on the proper use of atmospheric monitoring equipment with an emphasis on monitoring HCN (hydrogen cyanide) and CO (carbon monoxide), also known as the "toxic twins." These are the only two treatable toxicants if smoke exposure occurs.During the live-burn practical session, the instructors will focus on teaching firefighters how to conduct atmospheric monitoring at every fire scene, through practical training exercises while burning household items such as plastics, foams, synthetics, laminates and roofing materials. Most important, firefighters will learn that every fire scene is a HazMat environment – a cultural shift for fire departments throughout the world.“There are still a lot of widespread misconceptions about the dangers of fire smoke,” said Shawn Longerich, Executive Director of the Fire Smoke Coalition. “Firefighters are plagued with illness and disease today, most of which can be associated with long-term exposure to the lethal toxicants in fire smoke. These events are critical in keeping firefighters informed about the negative health effects of fire smoke exposure.” Seminar Educates Emergency Personnel on Toxic Twins: CO and HCN Toxic gas monitoring systems are an essential lifesaving component of fire department equipment. The “Know Your Smoke” event will help educate firefighters, first responders and EMS personnel on their effective use to avoid fire smoke exposure, especially during rescue and overhaul operations. Smoke-Related Injuries Increase Need for CO and HCN Detectors

  • According to the NFPA, between 1981 and 2010, 174,145 firefighters were injured by smoke inhalation. Firefighter Injuries in the United States, Michael J. Karter, Jr., Joseph L. Molis, 2011.
  • In the United States, residential fires are the third leading cause of fatal injury and the fifth most common cause of unintentional injury death, yet the majority of fire-related fatalities are not caused by burns, but by smoke inhalation.
  • Despite the number of fires in the U.S. decreasing each year, the number of civilians dying in fires is actually increasing. For example, in 2009, 1,348,500 fires were attended by public fire departments, a decrease of 7.1 percent from the year before; however, 3,010 civilian fire deaths occurred, which is an increase of 9.3 percent.

About Fire Smoke CoalitionThe mission of the Fire Smoke Coalition is to focus the required attention and resources on the deadly and life-long consequences of breathing fire smoke by teaching firefighters and first responders how to Prevent, Protect, Detect, Diagnose, and appropriately treat the exposure if it occurs. About RAE Systems  RAE Systems innovates, designs and manufacturers gas sensors and radiation detectors. The company offers a full line of fixed and portable gas detection solutions, including handheld and personal chemical, compound and radiation detection instruments. RAE Systems’ real-time safety and detection systems have been deployed by organizations in the oil and gas, fire and HazMat, industrial safety, national security and environmental markets, helping save lives and maintain safety in 120 countries. The company’s industry-leading gas sensors and radiation detection solutions are widely recognized for their performance and reliability. On June 4, 2013, Honeywell (NYSE: HON) completed its acquisition of RAE Systems Inc. The company will be integrated into Honeywell Analytics, part of Honeywell Life Safety (HLS) within Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions (ACS). Honeywell ( is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes, and industry; turbochargers; and performance materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell’s shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges.