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Adam P. Popiel, 2007 Phillip L. Turner Scholarship recipient [August 31, 2007] The Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association (FAMA) officially announced that Adam P. Popiel of Oklahoma State University has been selected as the recipient of the 2007 Phillip L. Turner Scholarship. Peter Darley, Chairman of the FAMA Education Committee, reported that, “Our committee is proud to have identified the talents and industry commitment demonstrated by Adam, as well as his ambition and desire to pursue an education to allow him to help integrate the fire service with the technical aspects of fire protection engineering.” Adam holds an associate degree in Fire Protection Engineering Technology from Delaware Technical and Community College, and is a junior in his studies at Oklahoma State University in the Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology Program. Adam works three campus jobs, while maintaining his grades, and is an active member of American Society of Safety Engineers and Society of Fire Protection Engineers. In addition, he serves as treasurer for the Student Association of Fire Investigators and the Apparatus Coordinator for the Fire Protection Society. Adam served an internship at the Central Mat-Su Fire Department, Wasilla, Alaska during the summers of 2006 and 2007. “The greatest thing about the fire protection and safety fields is the ability to help and protect others. My short-term goal is to pass the fundamentals of engineering exam this spring, graduate and obtain a job within the municipal fire service. Through volunteering as a firefighter for the past seven years, I have learned how rewarding the fire service is, and I want to remain a part of it,” said Popiel. The missions of the FAMA Education Committee are to support and recognize fire protection engineering universities, and to cooperate with other FAMA committees on various research projects. The Committee’s goals are to reinforce the Association’s relationship with noted universities, thus supporting worthy fire protection students, and to provide the FAMA membership with supplementary research data when required. ■

[August 2007] Fire fighters are dying on the job from heart attacks and other cardiovascular conditions. In fact, sudden cardiac death is the most common cause of on-duty fire fighter fatalities. But many of these deaths can be prevented if proper measurers are taken. Fire departments, fire fighters, and fire service agencies all have a role to play. That is the conclusion of the NIOSH Alert, “Preventing Fire Fighter Fatalities Due to Heart Attacks and Other Sudden Cardiovascular Events.” The Alert reviews the findings from 131 investigations conducted by the NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Preventions program. These investigations show that coronary artery disease and sudden cardiac death result from personal and work-related factors. Personal factors can include age, gender, family history, diabetes, hypertension, smoking, high cholesterol, obesity, and lack of exercise. Work-related factors can include exposure to fire smoke, heavy physical exertion, heat stress, and other physical stresses. In the Alert, NIOSH recommends ways to reduce heart attacks and other cardiovascular conditions. The recommendations include the following: • Routine medical evaluation programs • Comprehensive wellness and fitness programs • Proper use of personal protective equipment • Proper management of the fire scene to reduce hazardous exposures including heat stress NIOSH is the federal agency whose overall mission is conducting research to prevent work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths. More information on the Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program is available at Additional information about NIOSH is available at The Alert is available on-line at Please share it with others. ■

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