ERHPL Live Burn
July 13-16. The Emergency Responder Human Performance Lab (ERHPL) conducted its "Live Burn" exercise this week. This study involved testing physiological and hematological changes in over 60 local firefighters while they were performing real fire suppression. Firefighters donned gear and lots of monitors at the Allegheny County Fire Academy. Heat and exertional stress contribute to the high rate of on-duty cardiovascular events in firefighters. The ERHPL is exploring different ways to mitigate this risk. This work is supported by FEMA.