Principal Investigators: Dr. Nicola Cherry and Dr. Jeremy Beach.
Contact details: Toll free phone: 1-866-492-6093

Health of Horse River Firefighters


Health of wildland firefighters working to contain the Horse River fire in 2016

Thank you for your interest in this study and for taking the time to log in and find out more about what we are doing. If you are willing, we would like to include you in a study that looks at the heath, now and going forward, of wildland firefighters exposed to smoke, heat, and dust in fighting the Horse River fire in Fort McMurray/Wood Buffalo in May and June 2016.

We want to find about you and your exposures during the fire and your own perceptions of how the experience during the fire has affected your health and well-being immediately after the fire and today. To do this we will ask you to fill in a questionnaire that will take about 20 minutes to complete. If you are called away before you have finished you can save your information by pressing ‘resume later,’ and complete it when you return.

Before starting the questionnaire, you will need to complete the online consent form. The consent form is in several parts, asking you to indicate your agreement to each element of the research.

In the first part of the consent form we ask you to confirm that you understand that the questionnaire is for a research study and that you know what the study entails. This is all fully explained in the information sheet which you will read before you are asked to consent.

Next we ask your consent to follow your health through your provincial administrative health records. This will help us to look for any unexpected health patterns among first responders going forward. We will not see your full medical record, only dates and times of any health services provided to you. If you do not feel comfortable granting us access to see this information, you can just say ‘no’ and you will still be able to complete the questionnaire.

Because many of you have worked over the years on different wildland fires, we next ask your consent to access your history of fire action through the Wildfire Management Branch.

Finally, we ask consent to contact you again to monitor how your health is doing and to see if you might be willing to take part in any further investigations of ill-health associated with the Horse River fire.

Please would you now read carefully the information sheet about this study given here. If you have any questions you can phone us on 1–866–492–6093 or contact us by email at HRivFire@ualberta.ca. We will get back to you very rapidly.

It is entirely your decision whether or not you take part in the study. If you do decide to take part, please be assured that none of the information you give us will be disclosed to ANYONE outside the research team unless you specifically request this in writing. The results will remain confidential to the University team and your individual details will not appear in any report or publication.

If you would like to participate please now click Health of Horse River First Responders, read and complete the consent form and if you are willing, move on to fill out the questionnaire.