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
About the Project
What is Protect the Protectors?
Protect the Protectors is an online training on carbon monoxide safety for firefighters. It will be approximately 1 hour in length and free to all firefighters on the NFFF Fire Hero Learning Network.
Why Develop this Program?
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. It is yet unknown how many firefighters are affected by carbon monoxide poisoning each year, but we believe the number to be high because carbon monoxide is essentially present in all settings wherein firefighters can be found. This training will not only save lives, it will reduce long-term health complications caused by carbon monoxide poisoning, such as heart disease.
Who will be eligible for the training?
There are more than a million firefighters in the U.S., and each one will have the opportunity to take this training at no cost. By partnering with the National Association for State Fire Marshals (NASFM), we're working to ensure that this training becomes a mandatory component of every firefighter's training. We will be mailing a postcard promoting the training to the more than 17,000 fire stations in the U.S.
NCOAA is a non-partisan, grassroots, civic-minded organization that is focused on eradicating carbon monoxide poisoning (COP) and helping COP survivors recover to lead happy, healthy, productive lives.
To drive a comprehensive conversation on the public health crisis of chronic and acute carbon monoxide poisoning.
Partnership with NFFF:
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.
While a FEMA grant covers most of the training expenses, there are still out-of-pocket expenses associated with this program. We need your help spreading the word about CO safety! Your sponsorship will help save firefighters' lives. Your sponsorship will get you in front of all 1,000,000 firefighters in the U.S.
Why We're Offering This Training
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.