Researchers Creating Usable Emergency Solutions (RESCUES) combines researched information and fire service knowledge, resulting in timely, real-world, reliable safety and health solutions for the fire and emergency service. RESCUES brings science to the firehouse by transferring research findings to the frontline in an operational format.

RESCUES Research

Emergency Services Ergonomics and Wellness
Handbook on overall wellness and fitness, sleep issues, driving posture and more
This study shows that low dose aspirin can positively influence the negative physiologic factors associated with firefighting.
This study indicates that the majority of the firefighters did not meet the NFPA minimum post-cardiac event exercise tolerance threshold.
Firefighter face mask
Thermally degraded and melted SCBA facepiece lenses have been identified as a contributing factor in certain firefighter fatalities.

Additional Resources

Saving Your Life Through Scientific Research

January 13, 2015 - 12:00 AM
  • Location: Online
  • Summary: This webinar discusses saving lives through, Scientific Research: Cardiovascular Disease, Firefighting and Aspirin with Dr. Gavin Horn, Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI), and Dr. Denise Smith, IFSI and Skidmore College. The webinar also provides insight on recent scientific research and the resources available to help address the importance of health and wellness in the fire service. 

    RESCUES Program Team 


    John Smith, alena Jones

    RESCUES: Health Promotion Programs in the Fire Service
    RESCUES: Aspirin research for Firefighting

    RESCUES Stakeholders

    RESCUES is indebted to its stakeholder group members who have so generously provided their time, input, and knowledge.

    Dr. Suzy Bird Gulliver, Ph.D.
    Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine

    Fire Chief Jon Holcombe, EFO, CFO, MPA
    Hamilton Township Fire District #2

    Dr. Gavin Horn, Ph.D.
    Illinois Fire Service Institute

    Dr. Sara Jahnke, Ph.D.
    National Development and Research Institutes, Inc.

    Fire Chief Danny Kistner
    SHS/McKinney Fire Department

    Fire Chief Tom Kuntz
    VCOS/Red Lodge Fire District #7

    Mr. Daniel Madrzykowski, PE
    National Institute of Standards and Technology

    Captain Demond Simmons
    COLC/Oakland Fire Department

    Battalion Chief Tracy Thomas
    SHS/Richmond Fire and Emergency Services

    Fire Chief Nathan Trauernicht
    UC-Davis, City of Davis Fire Department

    Mr. Ken Willette

    RESCUES Contact

    Richard Miller
    Program Manager

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