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Discover the Deadly Toxic Twins: Hydrogen Cyanide and Carbon Monoxide
Date:4/20/2009

People's Burn Foundation launches fourth phase of firefighter education program at FDIC

INDIANAPOLIS, April 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Continuing in the tradition of providing innovative education programs to our nation's fire service the People's Burn Foundation is pleased to unveil the fourth installment of the To Hell and Back burn prevention and safety series. To Hell and Back IV: Cyanide takes participants inside the body through advanced 3-D visualizations to reveal how Hydrogen Cyanide and Carbon Monoxide work together to cause devastating effects on the human body. The program will launch Wednesday, April 22nd at the Fire Department Instructor's Conference (FDIC) beginning at 10:30 a.m. in rooms 103/104 of the Indianapolis Convention Center.

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The program arrives at a critical time as experts are shedding new light on fire fatalities relative to both civilians and those within the fire service. A 2006 NFPA study reveals 87-percent of people who died in fires had toxic blood concentrations of cyanide. According to Rob Schnepp, Assistant Chief of the Alameda County Fire Department and President of the Cyanide Poisoning Treatment Coalition, these victims died from breathing the smoke long before the fire killed them. These findings are critical to firefighters as researchers are now finding that job related deaths once thought to be related to lack of oxygen, over-exertion, or heart attack in some instances can instead be directly related back to cyanide poisoning.

For generations firefighters have donned the nickname "smoke eaters" as somewhat of a badge of honor. Changes in building materials, however, have changed the smoke that
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