Ex-Chief Robert Fling

Every Fire Is a Hazmat

Ex-Chief Robert Fling

As a firefighter, you’ve seen smoke, you’ve smelled it, maybe even tasted it. But, how much do you know about it?

Ex-Chief Robert Fling walks you through the difference between the fires we encounter today and those of years ago. And there is a difference … they burn hotter, faster and produce a toxic environment for firefighters like we have never experienced before.

Fling has over 22 years of experience in the fire service and is an Ex-Chief with the Dix Hills Fire Department located on Long Island. He is a contributor for many fire service publications as well as the founder and president of Face Piece On, an organization dedicated to teaching the fire service about the dangers of breathing smoke on today’s fireground.

In “Every Fire Is a Hazmat,” you will learn why we need to treat today’s fires as a hazmat incident, as what you are being exposed to could have catastrophic effects to your health.

Chief Fling holds multiple fire service credentials, is a New York State certified Emergency Medical Technician and is an active member of the NFPA, Suffolk County Fire Chiefs Council, Town of Huntington Fire Chiefs Council, International Association of Fire Chiefs and FASNY. Chief Fling was also the recipient of the 2015 Firehouse Magazine Outstanding Leadership Award.

At a time when cancer prevention is top of mind for volunteer firefighters, Chief Fling will share some critical knowledge that could ultimately ensure that “everyone goes home.”