The Fire Smoke Coalition will present a full day of training to Lansing area firefighters at Lansing Community College that will include a class room session and a live burn practical Sunday.
On Monday, August 26, Coalition instructors will present a modified program at Sparrow Hospital for medical personnel specifically about fire smoke. It's the first time the training has been offered in the state.
In fire smoke, hydrogen cyanide can be up to 35 times more toxic than carbon monoxide, an underappreciated risk that can cause severe injury or death within minutes. This training will provide the tools to insure departments understand just how to prevent the exposure.
The training is a cooperative effort of Lansing Community College Fire Science program, the Lansing Fire Department, Ingham County Fire Chiefs Association, Delta Township Fire Department, and officials from Sparrow Hospital.
Firefighters, paramedics, nurses, and physicians from the Lansing Metro region as well as other parts of Michigan are anticipated to be in attendance.
"This information and training will help to keep us safe while preforming our duties as well us gives us additional tools to protect our residents and areas that we serve," said Steve Babcock, Firefighter and Public Information Officer of the Lansing Fire Department.
The training session is free to all firefighters.