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dc.contributor.advisorNieto-Gomez, Rodrigo
dc.contributor.advisorBellavita, Christopher
dc.contributor.authorBurke, Paul F.
dc.dateSep-17
dc.date.accessioned2017-11-07T23:38:59Z
dc.date.available2017-11-07T23:38:59Z
dc.date.issued2017-09
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/56108
dc.descriptionApproved for public release; distribution is unlimiteden_US
dc.description.abstractThis thesis examines detrimental health exposures for firefighters and recommends fire service policy and equipment upgrades designed to slow or eliminate these harmful exposures. Because firefighters are exposed to numerous environmental dangers during their careers, this thesis focuses on eliminating three occupational exposures contributing to health issues: chemical flame retardants, diesel exhaust, and toxins in synthetic furniture. Existing studies written by scholars, consumer advocacy groups, and government agencies identify several exposure hazards and recommend preventive measures to address them. In addition to examining these studies, this thesis reviews a well-intentioned California state law--which allowed chemical flame retardants in home furniture and electronic products--that has caused an exposure hazard for both firefighters and the general public. The thesis also exposes necessary upgrades for firefighters’ portable air-supply units to reduce respiratory exposures. Finally, because diesel exhaust emissions have adverse health effects and are abundant in fire stations, the thesis recommends making changes to fire stations to better contain the diesel by-products of the fire trucks, including the possibility of purchasing electric-powered fire trucks to eliminate the diesel engine. Rather than providing a clinical study, this thesis offers an examination of occupational health hazards and recommends mitigative equipment and policy upgrades.en_US
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsCopyright is reserved by the copyright owner.en_US
dc.titlePreventing firefighter exposure hazardsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairs
dc.subject.authorfirefighter exposure hazardsen_US
dc.description.serviceDistrict Fire Chief, Boston Fire Departmenten_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Arts in Security Studies (Homeland Security and Defense)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineSecurity Studies (Homeland Security and Defense)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US


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