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Lives in:
383 Clinton St
Exercise Science, Skidmore College
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Topics you provide training for:
Heat Stress
Incident Scene Rehabiliation
Cardiovascular Disease
Physiological Stress of Firefighting
Sudden Cardiac Events
Physical Fitness Specific to the Needs of the Fire Service
Areas of expertise:
Exercise Physiology
Heat Stress
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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At 2:16pm on January 15, 2009, John Bierling said…
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
Thanks, John
At 12:43pm on January 14, 2009, Cheryl Horvath said…
Yep, I want to do the interview. Contact me at so we can get something scheduled.

I'll be at FDIC from April 23 to April 25. At least a cup of coffee is in order.
At 5:38pm on January 9, 2009, Art Zern said…
Dr. Smith,

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.

At 4:53pm on January 9, 2009, Cheryl Horvath said…
Hey Denise,

Welcome to the Training Community! How are you? How about letting me interview you on the podcast program one of these days? Send your email address to Take care and see you at FDIC.
At 1:42pm on January 9, 2009, John Bierling said…
Hi Denise, thanks for your note, you can send future correspondence to my email: Thank you, John
At 8:31pm on January 3, 2009, John Bierling said…
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
At 10:02am on January 2, 2009, Rick Fritz said…
Much better way to stay in contact. I'll be at FDIC! I've had a baclofen pump inserted!
At 3:43pm on December 31, 2008, Rick Fritz said…
Hi Denise!
At 2:24pm on December 31, 2008, Bobby Halton said…
Dr. Denise,

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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