Managing exposure to bushfire smoke

Media release

Research by Annemarie De Vos from the Bushfire Cooperative Research Centrehas found that the types of face masks available for those at the fire-front vary greatly in their ability to shield the firefighter from particulate matter and the gases present in bushfire smoke.
The research, conducted with the Fire and Emergency Services Authority (FESA) of Western Australia, assessed the effectiveness of a range of protective respiratory filters worn by fire fighters who are required to remain in smoke logged conditions while protecting properties from fire. This study has resulted in FESA endorsing the use of a type of filter (a particulate/organic vapour/formaldehydefilter) for its career firefighters.


Release date

Thu, 17/05/2007