The Size FF Research project is sponsored by the U.S. National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) 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). 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.
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.
Globe and DuPont Protection Solutions (DuPont), in partnership with the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), is awarding 13 fire departments with a total of 52 sets of life-saving turnout gear in 2018 through the Globe Gear Giveaway. The program is designed to help fire departments with limited budgets who struggle to maintain adequate protection for their personnel. The latest recipients are the Burnettsville (IN) Volunteer Fire Department and the Pattonsburg (MO) Fire and Rescue Protection District.
Measuring the irritants and cancer-causing contaminates present in structure fires proves SCBA should be used even when carbon monoxide levels are deemed acceptable.
Firefighter PPE must in be a serviceable condition in order for these items to provide the needed protection.
Courtesy of FireRescue1 and FireGrantsHelp, this free guide will provide you with all the information you need to procure PPE through AFG 2018.
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