Entitled, “Protecting Firefighters”, this image was captured by CDC Health Scientist, Aaron Sussell, PhD, MPH., CIH. With climate change, US wildland fire seasons are becoming longer and hotter, creating additional health and safety challenges for local, state, federal and other agencies that employ wildland firefighters. In 2014, NIOSH began collaboration with the US Forest Service, and the US Department of the Interior, on research to improve wildland firefighter safety and health. This photo was taken during a NIOSH site visit to observe firefighters at a fire camp, at the French Fire, Sierra National Forest, Madera Country, California. This photo earned Aaron the Second Place award in the 2015 CDC Connects Annual Public Health in Action Photo Contest, in the category of “Domestic People and Programs”.