Sudden cardiac events is the leading cause of line-of-duty deaths and early disabilities in the fire service. With the funding from Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, and in partnership with the fire departments from New York, Chicago, Los Angeles County, Houston, and Bloomington (Minnesota), as well as the subject matter experts from Skidmore College and Illinois Fire Service Institute, NYU Fire Research Group developed a new scenario-based interactive training for improving cardiovascular health. This web-based training aims to educate firefighters about the physiological impacts of firefighting, with a focus on improving the understanding of the individual factors that predispose firefighters to a high risk for injury and cardiac death, how firefighting may serve as a trigger for cardiac events, and strategies and techniques that are effective in reducing cardiovascular strain.
This training module is created using a training tool called ALIVE (Advanced Learning through Interactive Visual Environments) developed by NYU researchers through an AFG funded research study in collaboration with fire departments from New York, Chicago, and Bloomington (MN). The group has already launched three modules: a) Wind-driven high-rise fires b) Fires in lightweight residential construction c) Fire dynamics.
This training is free for all firefighters and fire departments. Firefighters can access these training modules by visiting http://fire.engineering.nyu.edu/home/ or downloading the iOS/Android apps on mobile devices. Fire departments interested in offering ALIVE training to their members can register by emailing the NYU Fire Research Group at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information is available at http://fire.engineering.nyu.edu/home/