Cerex is pleased to announce the Tualatin Valley Fire Rescue, using a Cerex Micro Hound UVDOAS multi-gas analyzer for overhaul phase airborne toxicants studies has received national recognition for their efforts to improve fire-fighter safety practices.
“(April 9, 2013) – The Congressional Fire Services Institute and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation have selected Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, the Office of the Oregon Fire Marshal and the Governor’s Fire Service Policy Council as the recipient of the 2013 Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service Safety Leadership Award.”
“The three organizations are being honored for a joint research project titled, “A Study on Chemicals Found in the Overhaul Phase of Structure Fires Using Advanced Portable Air Monitoring Available for Chemical Speciation”. This eight month-long project used advanced portable detection technology to identify and quantify the airborne hazards present after a fire was extinguished. The findings provided new information on previously undocumented toxic chemicals found during the overhaul phase that can pose serious health risks to firefighters and fire investigators. The study also provided a wide range of techniques that can be employed by first responders to offset the effects of smoke exposure.”
Authors: Deric C. Weiss and Jeff T. Miller