Toxic Smoke Forces Firefighter To Retire, But He's Not Done Protecting Others
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Firefighter Clive Savacool battled his final blaze, a grass fire in Pittsburg, California, in March 2014. He collapsed after a few hours on the scene and spent the next couple days in a hospital.
"Up until that point, grass fires hadn't bothered me," said Savacool, 37, of Martinez, California, recalling how his pulmonary doctor later concluded that cumulative toxic exposures during 18 years of fire service had given him career-ending lung disease.
Savacool, however, would be far from done protecting others. Less than a year later, the retired battalion chief turned his illness into inspiration for an innovative tool. His cloud-based Exposure Tracker, launched in February, allows firefighters to document exposures to toxins and communicable diseases, as well as injuries, through their careers.
"My long-term goal is to make a big dent in firefighter death statistics," Savacool said.
The new product, for which Savacool received help from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control an
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