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Principal Investigator: Smith, Joshua
Institute Receiving Award International Association Fire Fighters
Location Washington, DC
Grant Number UH4ES009759
Funding Organization National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Award Funding Period 16 Sep 1992 to 31 Jul 2025
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) proposes to continue its worker health and safety training program to train workers, across multiple disciplines, within a 150-mile radius of DOE weapons complex facilities in order to prevent work-related harm and improve worker-related health and safety. Through this grant funding, the IAFF will deliver specialty courses including Hazardous Materials Technician, Confined Space Rescue and Responding to the Interface (covers management of wildland fires that have, and continue to, impinge on various DOE sites), as well as additional refresher training and Train-the-Trainer modules to ensure program sustainment. The IAFF training has a successful history of development, update, and delivery of such technical training programs, evidenced by high student pass rates, highly-rated survey responses, and repeated positive third-party program reviews. The proposed IAFF training will be accessible to all populations that may be responsible for preventing, responding to, or assisting in recovery of a HazMat emergency including, but not limited to, fire and EMS personnel, law enforcement members, emergency management and public health officials, industrial responders, as well as local community partners. Through this continued cooperative agreement, the IAFF will: 1. Utilize advanced GIS and collaborative contact databases to identify and coordinate outreach to target populations, giving consideration to increasing diversity and training of underserved populations. 2. Enhance the capabilities of workers on or around DOE sites through the delivery of updated and improved curricula, that includes embedded training on important emerging topics, to improve overall worker health and safety, and encourage increased worker and community resiliency. 3. Integrate new technologies (such as electronic tablets, an IAFF online library of tools and resources, mobile hotspots, online apps, etc.) for course delivery, ensuring consistent deployment to all students while also improving access to technology across all student populations. 4. Employ multiple, robust quality assurance protocols to provide defined benchmarks and measure training effectiveness. The IAFF is dedicated to ensuring the training program meets and exceeds the NIEHS Minimum Training Criteria Document resulting in workers who safety-conscious, strong decision makers, positive role models, and who may serve as worker-trainers in their field.
Science Code(s)/Area of Science(s) Primary: 88 - Worker Education and Training (U45, UH4, SBIR, and STTR)
Secondary: -
Publications No publications associated with this grant
Program Officer James Remington
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