Personal Protective Equipment Research

This paper provides an up-to-date review of research into firefighter personal protective clothing. It covers the details and trade-offs between performance and comfort of modern materials used to make the fire clothing. Finally, the paper discusses the future needs and…
Thermally damaged self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) facepieces have been identified as a contributing factor in fire fighter fatalities or injuries. The SCBA facepiece lens is considered the weakest component of a fire fighter’s protective ensemble in high heat conditions, but…
NIST carried out a series of measurements to quantify the thermal properties of materials used to make fire fighters’ thermal protective clothing, or personal protective equipment. The following thermal properties were chosen for heat transfer model computations to predict thermal…
Thousands of fire fighters are burned each year and many lose their lives while exposed to fire fighting environments. Many of the thermal exposures where fire fighters receive serious burn injuries are much lower than those specified in current test…