Upcoming Webcast | Science in the Fire Service: Research Update

Upcoming Webcast | Science in the Fire Service: Research Update

  The fire service continues to drive the movement for science-based research to better understand the fire environment and how tactics influence the fire conditions. Please join us for a free webinar on Thursday, January 17, 2019 – Science in the Fire Service: Research Update. To be conducted by Gavin Horn, PhD, this webcast will share the latest firefighter research and its implications for the fire service. The latest results from the ISFSI/UL FSRI Basement Fires Study, UL FSRI Fire Attack Study, and IFSI/UL FSRI/NIOSH PPE Cleaning study will be shared and discussed, as well as ongoing fire research projects. The webcast will be at 1:00 PM EST. Registration is required. Sponsored by Globe. Gavin Horn has served as the director for the IFSI Research program at the Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI), a department within the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 2004. In that same year, he received a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. IFSI Research studies focus on firefighter health and safety, first responder technology development and material testing. Gavin also serves as a volunteer firefighter/engineer with the Savoy (IL) Fire...
Free NFPA 1851 Online Training | PPE Advanced Care and Cleaning

Free NFPA 1851 Online Training | PPE Advanced Care and Cleaning

This online program provides free training on the routine and advanced inspection and cleaning of protective clothing and footwear in accordance with NFPA 1851. This training covers requirements for Structural and Proximity clothing, as well as training on the care and maintenance of structural firefighting boots. This course is provided free of charge by Globe and FireRescue1 Academy, offers a formal certificate upon completion, and covers the following topics: * The Selection and Purchase of new PPE * PPE Inspection * PPE Cleaning and Decontamination * Repairing your PPE * PPE Storage * Verification and Test Procedures Register now or login to access this...
NC and PA Volunteer Fire Departments Receive New Turnouts from 2018 Globe Gear Giveaway

NC and PA Volunteer Fire Departments Receive New Turnouts from 2018 Globe Gear Giveaway

Globe, DuPont Protection Solutions (DuPont), and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) have been working together since 2012 to provide new, state-of-the-art turnout gear to volunteer fire departments in need through the Globe Gear Giveaway program. In 2018, 52 sets of gear will be awarded to 13 departments to help better protect their responders. Providence (NC) Fire & Rescue and the Strong Volunteer Fire Company (Mount Carmel Township, PA) are the latest gear recipients. Providence (NC) Fire & Rescue Providence Fire & Rescue is located in the northern Piedmont region of NC, approximately 50 miles northwest of Chapel Hill on the NC/VA state line. The department’s 29 volunteers run an average of 330 calls each year and provide mutual aid to surrounding departments and across state lines. However, almost half of the department’s responders use personal protective equipment (PPE) that is more than 10 years old, which is considered non-compliant according to the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) standards. Budget restrictions have left the department unable to purchase new gear and have also eliminated the department’s allowance for travel, decreasing their members’ opportunity to receive training unless classes are hosted locally. With a per capita income of only $16,470 and 14.4 percent of their small 3,400 population living under the poverty line, local fundraisers have not yielded enough funds to offset budget cuts. “In addition to training, this gear will enable our members and the members of our auto-aid departments the reassurance that they are using NFPA compliant PPE on any fire or fire-related hazard,” said Chief Kenneth R. Everett. “This will enable us to continue providing the members...
Research to Improve Turnout Gear for Women

Research to Improve Turnout Gear for Women

By Susan Sokolowski, PhD – Director & Associate Professor, Sports Product Design, at University of Oregon Portland and Linsey Griffin, PhD – Assistant Professor Wearable Product Design, Human Dimensioning Lab at the College of Design, University of Minnesota The Size FF Research project is sponsored by the U.S. National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) (https://www.nimss.org/projects/view/mrp/outline/18359) and consists of academic experts from the fields of anthropometrics and product design. The group’s focus since 1982 has been on the development of better performing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). iWomen Partnership Through a partnership with the 2018 International Association of Women in Fire & Emergency Services (iWomen) conference directors, the research team adopted a user-centered approach to understand the PPE needs of female firefighters. A protocol was developed to collect 3D scans of the hands and feet, along with 1:1 interviews where female firefighter attendees shared information about their experience as firefighters and the practice of using turnout gear (coats, pants, glove, boots, and accessories). User-Centered Approach The user-centered approach considers the user (e.g. firefighter) throughout the research and design process, so their input is always considered (Vos, 2009). The International Organization for Standardization (ISO), through their standard 9241-210, have published principles regarding using a human-centered design process. Those principles include: 1. The design is based upon an explicit understanding of users, tasks, and environments. 2. Users are involved throughout design and development. 3. The design is driven and refined by user-centered evaluation. 4. The process is iterative. 5. The design addresses the whole user experience. 6. The design team includes multi-disciplinary skills and perspectives (ISO, 2010). The benefits of a user-centered approach have been proven to produce...
How to care for garments that have been exposed to soot, smoke and toxic substances

How to care for garments that have been exposed to soot, smoke and toxic substances

Firefighters can better protect themselves by practicing wet-soap decon practices and other advanced cleaning procedures as outlined in NFPA 1851, Standard on Selection, Care and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting. Plus, they can also tap into many free online resources offered by companies like Globe. Learn more from Gavin Horn, director of research at the Illinois Fire Service Institute, about research that defines decon best practices on reducing exposure to toxic substances, and from Pat Freeman, technical services manager for...