Incident Scene Rehabiliation
Physiological Stress of Firefighting
Sudden Cardiac Events
Physical Fitness Specific to the Needs of the Fire Service
Areas of expertise:
Cardiovascular and physiological stress of firefighting
Strategies to decrease cardiovascular strain
Improving performance on the fireground
Denise L. Smith is Professor Exercise Science at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY and a Research Scientist at the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute. Dr. Smith earned her Ph.D. in Kinesiology with a specialization in Exercise Physiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1990. Her research is focused on the physiological effects of firefighting, particularly the cardiovascular strain associated with the combination of heavy physical work, heat stress, and the psychological stress that firefighters routinely encounter. Her recent worked has focused specifically on the role of firefighting in altering blood clotting potential as this may be the mechanism by which firefighting triggers sudden cardiac events. Dr. Smith has coauthored a major textbook on Exercise Physiology and she has published her research findings in peer-reviewed scientific journals such as Ergonomics, Journal of Applied Physiology, Journal of Thermal Physiology, European Journal of Applied Physiology, and Aviation, Space and Environmental Medicine. Furthermore, she often shares the findings of her research in Fire Service journals such as Fire Engineering, Fire Chief, and Advanced Rescue Technology. Dr. Smith is a frequently invited speaker and regularly presents her research and applications of her research at national and state-level Fire Service conferences.
Dr. Smith has collaborated with several major Fire Service organizations, including The United States Fire Administration, the National Volunteer Fire Council, National Institute of Occupational Safety Firefighters Fatality Investigation Program, National Fire Protection Agency, and the National Fallen Fighters Foundation.
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Denise, With your profile and interests in safety and health I would really like to share some information with you. This is very cool stuff. Please send me an email at John@IncidentMT.com
Thanks for joining the Illinois Fire Service Institute group. Feel free to jump-into a discussion or begin one. I have enjoyed reading your work and appreciate the contribution to the greater fire service.
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Hello Denise, Thank you for your interest in Firefighter health and wellness. I am also very passionate about this; it's our primary cause of LODD. I have significantly improved my overall wellness through a nutritional wellness and detoxifying program. Thanks for all you do.
John Bierling John@IncidentMT.com
It's an absolute honor to have you in here welcome to training community my friend. I was just informed that the University of Indiana just completed its study of the "Physiological Stresses of Structural Firefighting and Psychological Responses to General Emergency Call Work" have you had a chance yet to review it and if so what are your thoughts?
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