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May 2010 CFITrainer.Net Podcast

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Welcome to IAAI’s May 2010 CFITrainer.Net Podcast. This month’s podcast is the second in our safety series called "It Could Happen To You." In part two, our roundtable participants discuss some of the health complications they are facing due to long-term exposure to toxic substances at the fire scene, how exposures occur, and what fire investigators can do to protect themselves.

Our Long-Term Exposure roundtable is moderated by Robert Schaal, current President of IAAI, an ATF Senior Special Agent, and the Supervisor of the Arson and Explosives Group in New Orleans. The roundtable discussion begins now.

BOBBY SCHAAL: Hello, this is Bobby Schaal, President of the International Association of Arson Investigators. I’m here for the second in our series of "It Can Happen To You," a safety series discussing some of the hazards of fire investigation. Joining me today is Russ Melton, a partner with the law firm of Meagher & Geer in Minneapolis, Minnesota and David Kircher, a fire investigator with O’Neill & Associates in Somerville, New Jersey.

David, let’s jump to you first. We were recently talking about some of your long term health problems that you had and I think you recently got diagnosed with allergic asthma that’s been attributed to working fire investigations. Why don’t you talk about some of those symptoms and causes that led to that.

DAVID KIRCHER: Yes, Bobby, just to give you a brief background. Speaking with respect to exposures and things like that. Twenty-five years of firefighting, law enforcement as a fire investigator and doing the number and volume of investigations that I’ve done in my career, because I was in a high volume area, the city of Newark, outside the city of New York, and a response 9/11 spent approximately six weeks at Ground Zero following 9/11 and a bunch of other assignments. And the first thing that happened to me was I got diagnosed with malignant melanoma, skin cancer. Being of Irish descent, the sun and I do not get along, and I ended up having surgery and those kind of things for the malignant melanoma. As a part of that routine and follow up treatments, I get a yearly chest x-ray. Well, this year’s chest x-ray showed up a large gray area on my lungs and they thought I had COPD, and I had to go to a pulmonary specialist and do all kinds of testing and capacity and those kinds of things. I’ve been wheezing and persistent cough, those kinds of things that manifested themselves as symptoms coupled with the x-ray, the diagnosis finally, after the all the testing was that it was not, in fact, COPD, but allergic asthma. I asked the doctor, well, where did that come from? And he said, well, you know, what you do for a living. He said that’s just the product of your environment.

BOBBY SCHAAL: So it’s an accumulative effect of working fire scenes, and in the early days, we didn’t know about all the risks so we didn’t use appropriate respiratory protection and what not. So was this triggered by one event or was it just a build up over your entire career?

DAVID KIRCHER: No, he said it was the result of 25 years plus of doing - being in the fire service. You know, first I was a firefighter before I became a fire investigator. So, in a sense, I’ve actually been in the fire service for now 35 years. So, that’s what it was, accumulative effect. You know, back in the day, even as firefighters we went in - there were times we went in with basically no mask, you know, fighting fires and follow up, if you could go in the fire and fight fire with no mask, what made you think you had to have one after the fire was out?

BOBBY SCHAAL: Right. And that’s something that’s kind of misunderstood. The University of Phoenix did a study a while back basically trying to characterize the risks during overhaul when the firefighters generally take off their protective equipment, and they found that there are risks during that overhaul period and they actually implemented requirements to have their firefighters wear respiratory protection during that phase because the risks don’t go away when the fire’s out. They remain even during our fire investigations.

My personal problems with a long term health hazard presented relatively early in my career. In 1996, I was diagnosed with bladder cancer. At the time, I was outside of the general risk category. I was a non-smoker, I was under 55-years-old, so it was rather odd, but we kind of just attributed it to an anomaly and moved forward. And later they came back and said, well, it’s probably a direct causal result from working fire investigations because of some of the known hazards, the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and other volatile organic compounds. On fire scenes, you’re breathing them in and they are known-carcinogens.

Since then, I’ve had a recurrence in ’99, 2000 and again in 2005. So I’m on a regimen of annual checkups to make sure, but there’s still - still it’s a long term thing that I have to continue to live with. It presented early. It presented in ’93. I had been working in fire investigation for about seven years at the time, but, you know, you do - like I think you pointed out in your training presentation on CFITrainer.Net, you know, you get that courage and you just kind of discount things, and so at the time, I went to the Emergency Room and they said, oh, it was probably kidney stones. So I discounted it. I didn’t have the regular symptoms of kidney stones. It didn’t hurt when I urinated or anything like that, but I let it go another three years before I was actually diagnosed. In my case, I was very fortunate that it wasn’t invasive. It was superficial tumors that were resected and as long as I keep it in check and they catch them early, you know, I should have no long term detrimental effects from the cancer.

Russ, you’ve had similar problem with bladder cancer. It kind of parallels mine - I think you’ve had it four or five times - and it’s kind of driven you to have a big interest in fire safety and hazard assessment. Why don’t you talk about your background a little bit and talk about some of the underlying protective regulations that are out there?

RUSS MELTON: Well, let’s start as my cancer, you’re right four or five times, same thing, tumors resected, but as far as differential diagnosis in the medical field, much like what we call scientific methodology, in the NFPA 921, my history is not as clean as yours. I spent many years in the nuclear power industries as a nuke engineer and spent many years on submarines. Then once I got out, I ended up working in foundries and manufacturing operations where we have welding operations, soldering operations, machine oil, cutting oil, etc. So we come back to the causation element. What occurred for me, the first notice, was seeing pink every now and then in the morning when I’d get up in the urine, it’d be a little pinkish. There’d be some drops, pinkish. I was trying a case up in northern Minnesota and just before trial, I went to the restroom and it was bright red. So the first hour and a half of trial, my head was buzzing. I quickly took a break, went back in and it was clear. So I go, oh, must not be a problem.

Well, it was. It just meant that the tumor was leaking. It had gotten bigger and bigger. I had my first surgery in ’94 and I’ve had two instances of a form of chemotherapy since then, and most recently, we’ve gone from 11111 to the last surgery was February 1st which I kept quiet. You don’t want your clients to think that you’re disabled in any manner. I kept it rather quiet, and they removed four tumors, and I’m still having pain and I’m scheduled for the Mayo Clinic the end of May, three days. But it is, like you say, keeping a check on it, going in ongoing, making sure that the tumors do not get too large and then essentially you should be back in the field a week to two weeks later.

BOBBY SCHAAL: So, Russ, you know, you’re talking about when you first presented with blood in your urine, and that’s how I presented as well. Again, you don’t really know what’s going on, so you discount it. But in hindsight, don’t you think it’s important if you see a symptom, don’t take it for granted. Get it checked, and find out what’s going on.

RUSS MELTON: Oh, you’re absolutely right, Bobby. I made the assumption - I first started wearing PPE back, let’s say about 40 years ago. So the idea of having PPE on and being checked once a year by medical, having an x-ray, having blood tested, etc., that wasn’t anything unique. What was unique, though, is seeing blood in my urine, and I thought it was something I ate, something I drank. Like most men, we will find a reason to accommodate that so that we don’t have cognitive dissonance. I determined it was something I ate or drank and, therefore, it would go away. Well, it didn’t. So you’re absolutely right. If you have an aberration that is occurring with your body - breathing, eyes, urine, stomach, esophagus, lungs, get it checked, even though you’re having a yearly physical with x-rays.

BOBBY SCHAAL: Let’s talk about some of the OSHA regulations. I know OSHA, per se, doesn’t necessarily apply to everybody, but every state has a similar statute or parallel statute. Let’s talk about the respiratory protection requirements in 1910.134. I think a lot of people think that just a regular dust mask or N95 filter will protect you, and I don’t necessarily think that’s true because that’s protecting you from the dust, but not the organic vapors and it’s not really protecting all of the exposure routes, the absorption and the injection and that type of thing. What are your thoughts on that?

RUSS MELTON: First of all, OSHA depends upon NIOSH to set the standard. Secondly, most of the standards are 30, 40 years old, and as a consequence, many of them will be changed in the future and they won’t be taken up; they’ll be taken down. Next, moving along to the comment on the respirators, is that what we found is, yes, there’s dust masks that you can use, but they do not comply with the requirements because each standard has a means. For example, at one parts per million, you can use a half face mask. Ten times, you have to move up a little further and a hundred times, yet, at the same time when you go to full face, I believe full face should be used at all times for the reason you just brought up. You’ve got the eye issues, you’ve got the skin issues, and then, of course, you have inhalation issues. So absorption, ingestion, inhalation, all those are means by which it can enter the body. Therefore, the manufacturer has a rating and OSHA has a rating. Either one should be the standard that you follow.

BOBBY SCHAAL: And I think there’s a general misunderstanding or misconception in the fire investigation community that fire scenes aren’t hazardous, and while every fire scene may not qualify as a hazmat scene, some certainly do. But the hazards on the fire scene are increasing every day with the amount of household chemicals, the change in product, construction. It just seems like there’s a lot more bad things on the fire ground that people are taking for granted, and hopefully, through open discussion and dialogue and training and information, we can change that mindset. What are some of the things that you know of that are coming down through the chain that are hopefully going to better inform people of these hazards?

RUSS MELTON: Well, again, Russ here, looking at it, it’s in the news a lot. You’ve heard about some of the chemicals that are involved. Primarily one is dibutyl phthalate. That’s an endocrine disruptor. Pliable plastics. That’s the one that’s hot right now as to what’s happening in pliable plastics. And, of course, it goes towards children, but we run into that a lot. They call it really an endocrine disruptor. You might end up having reduced fertility, you can have skewed male/female ratios, and behavior problems. But most of all, I think we have to be aware and watch what chemicals are coming on the market and what chemicals are in the products that we find in even a standard, relatively "benign" house fire. That’s one of the areas that I think we have to make sure that our members become aware of that once the fire is out, the real hazards begin because during the fire, many of the toxins, because of the heat, are burned away. But once the fire is out, you still have off gassing, you have dust, you can have contact, and this includes metals, it includes liquids and it includes vapors. So I really do not believe - and this is my position - that until you have taken tests, every fires scene is a hazmat scene. And then once the scene’s been characterized - and that’d be both physical and chemical hazards - then you make a determination as to what engineering controls or personal protective equipment controls are required.

BOBBY SCHAAL: Well, and that’s the thing, trying to get people to use the personal protective equipment that’s out there. Safety in the guidelines is really about managing risk. I don’t think we can ever eliminate all risks and all hazards of fire investigation. But with the information and the guidance, we can certainly manage that risk and do things safer. I think one of the things we talked about before we started this call, Russ, was there’s a new book coming out that might have some new information in it. Why don’t you talk about that real quickly before we wrap up.

RUSS MELTON: Okay. Many member within the field have ran into Tom Keifer or ran into Barry Linley or Dr. Appleton from DuPont, and I use them on a lot of major scenes. But they also speak to just a standard residential house fire and the hazards that are involved. We’re editing the book at this stage, and it’s called Street Smart, and it’s chemistry for those that work in the field. What I like about it is it really gives you a brief introduction to chemistry, but then goes into some of the physical changes that happen as a result of being in a fire or incompatible chemicals, the so-called slurry or mix that we run into. The toxicology goes over things like the PEL or permissive explosive limits. It’s probably, I think, the best book in the market. I’m not selling this. It’s one that I’ve read, and it’s one that I keep next to my bed, especially when you’re looking at water reactive and air reactive materials and your organic chemistry. Polymer chemistry is an element that we should know when we’re working, especially when you’re running into issues where either the materials that have been used in that facility such as your vinyl chlorides, your styrene-butadiene, isocyanates would be a good example, urethanes, polyurethanes, etc. It’s a very good book for people that are in the fire industry to have next to their bedside to stay current.

BOBBY SCHAAL: Well, I really appreciate both of you all joining us this afternoon, and hopefully this has been helpful and people really will understand that safety is important, health is important and it can happen to you. Dave, is your prognosis that it’s manageable and you can continue working as long as you use appropriate protection?

DAVID KIRCHER: Yes, that’s correct, Bobby. I just want to real quick throw one thing in here in closing. The biggest thing here is the guy’s got to remember, number one, you talked earlier about dust masks. Dust masks aren’t sufficient protection. Buy a good APR, air purifying respirator. Use organic bottle vapor, cartridges with HEPA, cartridges - combination cartridges. Make sure that you screen - at least screen for those things at the fire ground. Yes, we can do all that other testing and everything else because we know APRs are hazard specific, but if you at least cover those, you’re protecting yourself. And remember that the APR is meant to be worn on the face, not around the neck. If it’s uncomfortable and you get uncomfortable wearing it, consider buying a powered air purifying respirator, which is a little bit better fit, it’s full face, it costs, obviously, a decent amount of money, but it’s well worth the investment. We all want to live to collect those pensions.

BOBBY SCHAAL: Absolutely, and that’s what we’re really trying to do is bring some attention to fire investigator safety because people do take it for granted. But, you know, by putting a face with a problem, hopefully, people will understand it can happen to you. I greatly appreciate you guys joining me, and I thank everyone for listening to this broadcast.

We can take away the following safety reminders from today’s roundtable:

  • All fire scenes contain hazardous vapors, chemicals, and substances.


  • Toxic substances present at the fire scene have been linked to a variety of illnesses, including cancer and respiratory ailments.


  • All fire investigators, because of the nature of their occupation, are exposed to these toxic substances in their workplace, the fire scene.


  • It is important not to ignore any physical signs or symptoms that are out of the ordinary to you. You need to get checked out as soon as possible.


  • The most important thing fire investigators can do to protect themselves from adverse health complications due to long-term exposure at fire scene is to wear proper personal protective equipment.


  • A dust mask or N95 respirator is not sufficient protection at the fire scene. Although they may filter out some particulate matter, they are not able to filter out the toxic vapors from combustion products. An Air Purifying Respirator with the proper cartridge for the scene, such as an organic volatile vapor and HEPA combination cartridge, is essential.


  • Above all, it can happen to you, regardless of how long you’ve been working fire scenes or what you do at the fire scene.

Please take a moment to download and read two studies provided on the podcast’s page: "Characterization of Firefighter Exposures During Fire Overhaul" and "Health Hazard Evaluation Report 96-0171." Protect yourself, if not for you, then for your family.

Finally, we close with news from the IAAI.

IAAI has been awarded a grant through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program for $986,850.00 to expand this Distance Learning Program and to introduce Skill Assessment practicums for advanced testing of fire investigator competency. This grant will also provide continued support for the IAAI monthly podcasts.

The annual election for Officers and Directors of the IAAI is underway on the IAAI website: firearson.com. Members of the Association can vote through noon EDT on Monday May 17th. The results of the election will be announced at the Annual General Membership Meeting in Orlando, Florida on Tuesday May 18th.

That concludes this IAAI CFITrainer.Net podcast. We’ll see you again next month.

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January 2011 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - January '11 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This month’s podcast features the release of the new edition of Fire Investigator: Principles and Practice to NFPA 921 and 1033, new flammability requirements from UL for pre-lit artificial Christmas trees and a growing fire problem in Dubai with factories turned into worker dormitories.

2010

December 2010 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - December '10 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This month’s podcast focuses on home candle fires, lightning punctures in gas piping, and respiratory diseases in the fire services.
November 2010 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - November '10 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This month’s podcast features research findings for structural stability in engineered lumber by UL, the ban on antifreeze in residential sprinkler systems, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s investigation of Jeep Grand Cherokee fuel tanks.
October 2010 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - October '10 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This month’s podcast features high-profile fire cases, why people leave stovetop cooking unattended and how new sensors under development may improve fire research.
September 2010 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - September '10 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This month’s podcast features how to use the ATF’s Bomb Arson Tracking System, IAAI Foundation grants, electrical fires and indoor marijuana cultivation.
August 2010 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - August '10 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This month’s podcast focuses on social media as a fire investigation tool, a potential problem with modular home glued ceilings and research from Underwriters Laboratories on the effects of ventilation on structure fires.
July 2010 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - July '10 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This month’s podcast is a roundtable on some of the latest research and technical activities that impact fire investigation, featuring Daniel Madrzykowski (moderator), Steven Kerber, and Dr. Fred Mowrer.
June 2010 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - June '10 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This month’s podcast discusses career advancement, budget cuts and their impact on fire investigation, and the 2010-2016 ATF Strategic Plan.
ATC 2010 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - Follow-up and Interviews from Orlando. Learn about the conference, hear what attendees had to say.
April 2010 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - April '10 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. The first of our two-part safety series called "It Could Happen To You." Our roundtable is moderated by Robert Schaal.
March 2010 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - March '10 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This month’s podcast features a conversation about legislative affairs affecting the fire service with Bill Webb, Executive Director of the Congressional Fire Services Research Institute.
February 2010 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - February '10 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This month’s podcast features our interview with a commercial kitchen’s fire expert about what you need to know when you work a commercial kitchen fire.
January 2010 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - January '10 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This month’s podcast features a look at preliminary research on corrosion caused by Chinese drywall, a new database focused on fires in historic buildings, a warning on blown-in insulation, and the launch of the new firearson.com web site.

2009

December 2009 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - December '09 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This month’s podcast features cooking fires, highlights of the International Code Council’s Annual Meeting on code requirements, including requiring residential sprinkler systems, and an easy way to keep up with recalls from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.
November 2009 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - November '09 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This month’s podcast features chimney fires, including recent news on surgical flash fires, a proposed national arsonist registry, lightning research and an innovation in personal protective equipment.
October 2009 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - October '09 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This month’s podcast is devoted to Fire Prevention Week.
September 2009 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - September '09 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This month’s podcast features the relationship between climate conditions and fire risk, new research on formulating fireproof walls and the latest in IAAI news.
August 2009 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - August '09 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This month takes a look at the dangerous combination of summer heat and oily rags, the rise in vacant home fires, and preview research underway on Australia’s devastating "Black Saturday" brush fires.
July 2009 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - July '09 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This month features a look at outdoor grill fires, a fatal fire at a homeless camp in Southern NJ, new NIST research on human behavior during building fires, and IAAI news.
June 2009 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - June '09 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This month’s podcast features live reports from the 2009 IAAI Annual Training Conference held in May.
May 2009 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - May '09 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This podcast is dedicated to National Arson Awareness Week.
April 2009 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - April '09 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This month’s podcast features the NFPA 921 chapter on marine fire investigations and the myth and reality of static electricity as a source of ignition.
March 2009 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - March '09 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This month focuses on the rise of the hybrid vehicle and what its unique engineering means for the investigation of vehicle fires, the rash of devastating arson fires in Coatesville, Pennsylvania from December 2008 to February 2009, and news from IAAI.
January 2009 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - January '09 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This month’s podcast focuses on the deepening financial crisis in the US and arson for profit fires, how going green may pose a fire hazard and see how rope lighting may be a source of ignition, and IAAI’s Expert Witness Courtroom Testimony course.

2008

December 2008 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - December '08 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This month’s podcast features Christmas tree fires, changes to critical fire investigation publications, the weak economy’s impact on home fires, wind’s effect on structure fires, and ATC 2009.
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