Browse Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) by Title

  • Willi, Joseph M.; Horn, Gavin P.; Madrzykowski, Daniel (Fire Technology, 2016)
    Detailed characterization of a firefighter’s typical thermal exposures during live-fire training and responses can provide important insights into the risks faced and the necessary protections, protocols, and standards ...

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  • Groves, Adam (2006)
    Essay on the Chatsworth, Ill., Train Wreck, August 10, 1887.

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  • Groves, Adam (2006)
    Essay about the Cherry, Ill., Mine Disaster, November 13, 1909

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  • Groves, Adam (2006)
    Essay about the Chicago Freight Tunnel Flood, April 13, 1992.

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  • Fent, Kenneth W.; Alexander, Barbara; Roberts, Jennifer; Robertson, Shirley; Toennis, Christine; Sammons, Deborah; Bertke, Stephen; Kerber, Steve; Smith, Denise L.; Horn, Gavin P. (Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 2017-06-21)
    Firefighters’ skin may be exposed to chemicals via permeation/penetration of combustion byproducts through or around personal protective equipment (PPE) or from the cross-transfer of contaminants on PPE to the skin. ...

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  • Groves, Adam (2006)
    Essay about the Cook County Administration Building Fire, Chicago, October 17, 2003.

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  • Groves, Adam (2006)
    Essay about the Crescent City, Ill., Train Derailment, June 21, 1970

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  • Groves, Adam (2006)
    Essay about the Eastland Disaster, Chicago, July 24, 1915

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  • Hur, Pilwon; Rosengren, Karl S.; Horn, Gavin P.; Smith, Denise L.; Hsiao-Wecksler, Elizabeth T. (Journal of Ergonomics, 2013-09-15)
    We investigated the effects of wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), design of PPE (Standard vs.Enhanced), and fatigue during a simulated firefighting activity on the functional balance of firefighters. We defined ...

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  • Horn, Gavin P.; Kesler, Richard M.; Hsiao-Wecksler, Elizabeth T.; Motl, Robert W.; Rosengren, Karl S.; Fernhall, Bo (Illinois Fire Service Institute, University of Illinois, 2015)
    Here we presented a report for the Fire Service documenting an examination of the effect of SCBA and firefighting induced fatigue on firefighters’ gait, balance, and safety of movement. More detailed, peer-reviewed ...

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  • Horn, Gavin P.; Petruzzello, Steven J.; Fahey, George C.; Fernhall, B.; Woods, Jeffrey; Smith, Denise L.; Illinois Fire Service Institute; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois Fire Service Institute, University of Illinois, 2010-11)
    Fire fighting is a dangerous occupation – in part because firefighters are called upon to perform strenuous physical activity in hot, hostile environments. Each year, approximately 100 firefighters lose their lives in the ...

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  • Kesler, Richard M.; Kliegar, Alexandra E.; Horn, Gavin P.; Boes, Morgan K.; Hsiao-Wecksler, Elizabeth T.; Klaren, Rachel E.; Learmonth, Yvonne; Motl, Robert W. (Fire Technology, 2017)
    Expedited evacuation of commercial and residential structures in the event of an emergency may be more difficult for persons with physical movement disorders. There is a need to better characterize the impact of such ...

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  • Illinois Fire Service Institute (2000-01-08)
    On November 9-10, 1999, the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal and the Illinois Fire Service Institute co-hosted a Volunteer Fire Service Summit at the Public Affairs Center of the University of Illinois Springfield ...

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  • Gainey, Stephen J.; Horn, Gavin P.; Towers, Albert E.; Oelschlager, Maci L.; Tir, Vincent L.; Drnevich, Jenny; Fent, Kenneth W.; Kerber, Stephen; Smith, Denise L.; Freund, Gregory G. (PLoS ONE, 2018-08-21)
    Firefighting activities appear to increase the risk of acute and chronic lung disease, including malignancy. While self-contained breathing apparatuses (SCBA) mitigate exposures to inhalable asphyxiates and carcinogens, ...

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  • Martin, Daniel A.; Boron, Kevin; Obstalecki, Mark; Kurath, Peter; Horn, Gavin P. (Journal of Dynamic Behavior of Materials, 2015-04-07)
    Impact loads to the human body due to falls from height can be mitigated by well-designed and characterized fall protection systems. While energy absorption methods using rope deformation and/or accessory components have ...

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  • Illinois Fire Service Institute (Illinois Fire Service Institute, University of Illinois, 2003)
    On May 21 and 22, 2002, the Illinois Fire Service Institute and the Illinois Terrorism Task Force co-hosted the first statewide homeland security summit at the University of Illinois at Springfield. The central goal of ...

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  • Illinois Fire Service Institute (Illinois Fire Service Institute, University of Illinois, 2000-01-08)
    On November 9-10, 1999, the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal and the Illinois Fire Service Institute co-hosted a Volunteer Fire Service Summit at the Public Affairs Center of the University of Illinois Springfield ...

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  • Firefighter Life Safety Research Center, Illinois Fire Service Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois Fire Service Institute, University of Illinois, 2008)
    More firefighters die in the line of duty from heart attacks than from any other cause. And slips, trips and falls cause a large number of firefighter injuries. While the origins of heart attack and slip, trip and fall may ...

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  • Groves, Adam (2006)
    Essay on the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

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  • Illinois Fire Service Institute (Illinois Fire Service Institute, University of Illinois, 2003)
    The Illinois Fire Service Institute Newsletter is the official publication of the Illinois Fire Service Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The newsletter is published twice a year and is solely an ...

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