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Job Hazards

Wildland Fires

Wildland fire fighters are at risk of being exposed to fire retardants, hazardous gases, and particulates from burning wood and soil. These men and women work 14-16 hour days, on average, for up to two weeks straight. The conditions are rough. Each fire fighter typically hauls in their own supplies and camps for the duration of the job.

Wildland fire fighters are seasonal employees, which makes it difficult to study long-term health effects of job-related exposures. Therefore, most of our research among wildland fire fighters consists of exposure assessment. This page lists publications and conference presentations from our studies of job hazards among wildland fire fighters.

Conference Presentations

Acute respiratory effects of smoke exposure in wildland firefighters (Research Symposium 2006)


Chemical Exposures