Thermal Environment for Electronic Equipment Used by First Responders

Report Date: January 2006

The increased use of electronic equipment by firefighters with repeated exposure to environments of elevated temperatures and smoke requires an examination of current manufacturing tests and standards used to certify this equipment. This NIST paper provides a review of current equipment standards for electronic equipment used by firefighters as well as results from testing to develop thermal standards for electronic equipment.


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Donnelly, M. K., W. D. Davis, J. R. Lawson, and M. J. Selepak. Thermal Environment for Electronic Equipment Used by First Responders. Gaithersburg, MD: National Institute for Standards and Technology, 2006. NIST Technical Note 1474, Print.

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