Given the time spent by responders in these environments every day, the lack of complete and
verifiable data on post-fire hazards is in itself, a serious issue. Given the natural inclination of
personnel to doff PPE at the earliest opportunity, every structure fire, car fire, or other incendiary
incident creates an unknown health risk to emergency responders. The InterAgency Board’s
recommendations include both modifications to existing procedures, and continued research to
determine the full extent of post-fire hazards.
THE INTERAGENCY BOARD | EQUIPMENT SUBGROUP September 2012