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Firefighter Resources – Job Hazards

Job Hazards

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Structural and vehicle fires involve different types of exposures and hazards. Exposure and risk levels depend on building material, materials stored within, and fire conditions, such as temperature and oxygen availability.

The phase of a fire can also influence exposure level. The knockdown phase typically has higher exposure to heated gas, vapors, and particulate matter compared to overhaul. Respiratory protection is more likely to be worn during knockdown than during the overhaul phase, even though lower level exposures may still exist during this phase.


Emergency Response Hazards
Fire-Damaged Floor
Job Stress