UM Public Health Program, Drs. Erin Semmens and Curtis Noonan, received a National Institute for Occupation Safety and Health grant to investigate the cumulative health impacts of wildland firefighting.
Each year thousands of men and women participate in wildland fire suppression activities and prescribed burns. Shifts are long and often in rough terrain, and wildland firefighters routinely and repeatedly encounter a range of potentially harmful exposures. A better understanding of the effects of these exposures on long-term health is critical to developing strategies to safeguard firefighter health.