Burns; ergonomics of protective clothing; environmental physiology; firefighter health and safety; recovery; thermal stress; work physiology.
Dave Hostler earned his PhD at Ohio University where his research focus was on skeletal muscle adaptation to training and detraining followed by postdoctoral training in resuscitation at the University of Pittsburgh. Hostler stayed at Pitt as research faculty in emergency medicine finishing his time there as the Department of Emergency Medicine Professor of First Responder Health and Safety Research. He has been a firefighter/paramedic and hazardous materials technician for 30 years, which has motivated his current research program in work physiology of first responders and the military. He is the Director of the Center for Research and Education in Special Environments (CRESE) and the Emergency Responder Human Performance Lab.