Aluminized Firefighters' Crash-Rescue Protective Hood: Facepiece-Visor Redesign Study.
Final rept. Oct 76-Sep 77,
NAVY CLOTHING AND TEXTILE RESEARCH FACILITY NATICK MASS
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The Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility NCTRF conducted a redesign study for the purpose of improving the standard aluminized firefighters crash-rescue hood. Efforts were directed towards developing an adjustable facepiece visor assembly, which would permit unrestricted visibility, verbal communication, and the exchange of fresh air during standby situations. An adjustable configuration was conceived and initial samples of a comparable commercial type were fabricated and subjected to a limited performance test. Results showed this type to be highly functional however, under fire emergency conditions, several areas proved to be marginal or inadequate. To eliminate these problem areas, NCTRF modified the facepiece design. As the required task approached a resolution, the fiscal year ended and the program terminated. Because the need still exists for an improved hood, appropriation of additional funds and continuance of this redesign study is recommended.
- Protective Equipment