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Protect the Protectors

This firefighter training will be developed, created and implemented in partnership with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF). NFFF has an existing platform for producing and publishing online learning content. Alongside NCOAA, NFFF will coordinate with course developers to create and publish the program and utilize its large firefighter database to promote the program nationally.

Funded by a FEMA Fire Prevention & Safety Grant

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The Problem

Carbon monoxide poisoning is one of the most common types of environmental poisoning in the US. It is a colorless, odorless toxic gas that poisons more than 95,000 people in the US each year.

Because carbon monoxide is produced whenever wood, fuel or carbon-containing materials are burned, firefighters are at an increased risk due to the nature of their jobs. “Essentially all firefighting environments can be expected to contain high levels of carbon monoxide.” (IAFF, 2021).

While firefighters wear a self-contained breathing apparatus when they know they are entering a hazardous environment, the low prevalence of home carbon monoxide alarms, coupled with the vague symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, means that they may unknowingly enter buildings and areas with dangerous levels of carbon monoxide in the atmosphere.


Increase firefighters’ knowledge of carbon monoxide poisoning risks in the line of duty.

Increase proper use of personal protective equipment and professional detection equipment to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning in firefighters.


The intended impact of the Protect the Protectors program is to reduce injury and fatality attributable to carbon monoxide poisoning in firefighters.


We aim to deliver the Protect the Protectors - Training program to 150,000 firefighters.

Sponsorship: $3,500

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Demonstrated Impact

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On the NCOAA website

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