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Fire Smoke Coalition, Inc.
Executive Director
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The Cyanide Poisoning Treatment Coalition (CPTC) is a nonprofit corporation, comprised or fire service organizations, firefighters and physicians. The CPTC’s primary focus is to generate national awareness within the fire service about the perceptions, myths and misunderstandings relative to fire smoke. In the end, its objective is to change firefighter behavior on the fire ground to decrease line of duty deaths and injuries with appropriate prevention strategies and in those situations when everything was done right, insure first responders know how to properly diagnosis cyanide poisoning resulting from smoke inhalation and have the ability to properly treat the condition with antidotal therapy.
Topics you provide training for:
Awareness, Prevention, Protection, Detection, Diagnosis and Treatment
Areas of expertise:
Fire Smoke
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Shawn Longerich's Blog

FDA Seizes Cyanide Antidote Kits (CAK) - NOT Cyanokit

The following are links to the FDA press releases distributed yesterday by the Federal Drug Administration regarding seizure of the Cyanide Antidote Kits (CAK) from Keystone Pharmaceuticals. Do not confuse the CAK with Cyanokit and/or Hydroxocobalamin.

According to the FDA, the Cyanide Antidote Kits (CAK):

1.have not proven safe or effective for their intended use;

2.the kits are also misbranded because their labeling does not contain adequate directions… Continue

Posted on July 23, 2010 at 12:35pm

Cyanide Poisoning Treatment Coalition Awarded $394,000 DHS Grant for HCN / FF Training

Training program includes appropriate air management practice for firefighters, the correction of myths and misunderstandings about fire smoke, and instruction about new antidotal treatment therapies for smoke inhalation victims

INDIANAPOLIS – JUNE 30, 2010 – Since January 1, 2010 the CPTC has tracked 1,100 civilians treated for smoke inhalation, 413 smoke inhalation deaths, and 125 firefighters who were transported for smoke inhalation treatment. Contrary to popular belief, whether… Continue

Posted on June 30, 2010 at 4:02pm

Opportunity for Firefighters to Wear their Air, Take a Shower & Wash their Gear!

Cyanide Poisoning Treatment Coalition launches Safety Stand Down Training Program focused on Preventing Hydrogen Cyanide Exposure in Fire Smoke

INDIANAPOLIS – JUNE 16, 2010 – SMOKE kills. Firefighter deaths due to heart attacks may not be due to bad diets, but from exposure to hydrogen cyanide in fire smoke. Firefighters are trained to deal with thousands of hazards and situations on a daily basis. Unfortunately, preventing the avoidable fire smoke exposure is not one of the highest… Continue

Posted on June 17, 2010 at 7:00am

What's in Our Air - Shelby Willis, Divison Chief EMS Largo Fire

What’s in our Air?

Recently our department added an air monitoring policy to our standard operating procedures. The policy instructs personnel to monitor any environment that is determined to be immediately dangerous to life and health. Shortly after this policy was put in place the department mitigated two structure fires that taught our personnel first-hand the importance of air monitoring. The circumstances surrounding these calls were not unusual, nor were the fires anything… Continue

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 4:49pm

Three Firefighters have Died Since January 1

Since January 1, 2010, we've lost three firefighters. All suddenly and unpectedly collapsed - under the age of 51 and in good physical "shape". While we at the CPTC believe HCN in fire smoke is a significant contributor to heart-related deaths, we of course cannot state with certainty that these firefighters were victims of fire smoke. What we can state as factual is that HCN chips away at the heart and brain with every exposure to smoke. We're starting to see a small movement among departments… Continue

Posted on January 20, 2010 at 4:44pm

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