In partnership with NC State University, we are working on WUI/wildland respiratory protection systems to identify and develop key features and design elements important to the successful adoption and use of a wildland respirator.
We know that firefighters work under intense conditions across long shifts, often spending days or weeks at a time on large-scale WUI and wildland fires. We are trying to understand how this impacts their safety and risk, and what can be done to help improve their health and wellness.
Cancer is one of the most common causes of morbidity and mortality in the fire service - wildland and WUI firefighters are no exception. Working with University of Arizona, we hope to begin the first long-term longitudinal study on California wildland/WUI firefighters.