Thermal Measurements for Firefighters Protective Clothing

Report Date: December 2001

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 methods. New test apparatus have been developed for measuring thermal performance of protective clothing that is wet and dry, and also performance changes associated with garment compression.


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  • National Institute of Standards and Technology

    The NIST Fire Research Division develops, verifies, and utilizes measurements and predictive methods to quantify the behavior of fire and means to reduce the impact of fire on people, property, and the environment. This work involves integration of laboratory measurements, verified methods of prediction, and large-scale fire experiments to demonstrate the use and value of the research products.

    Through its programs in measurement, prediction, systems integration, and the dynamics of fire and its interactions with the built and natural environment, the division provides leadership for advancing the theory and practice of fire safety engineering, fire fighting, fire investigation, fire testing, fire data management, and intentional burning.

Lawson, J. Randall and Robert L. Vettori. Thermal Measurements for Fire Fighters’ Protective Clothing. Gaithersburg, MD: National Institute for Standards and Technology, Print.

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