Combination Structural/Crash Firefighter Head Protection Operational Evaluation
APPLIED RESEARCH ASSOCIATES INC ALBUQUERQUE NM
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This project evaluated a combination structuralcrash firefighter head protection system. The system utilized standard structural firefighter helmets, modified with a heat resistant face shield and full head heat shield, similar to crash hoods. The program evaluated these modified helmets for their ability to provide protection against the high radiant heat of a large hydrocarbon fire. Five firefighters, each with a different modified helmet, conducted firefighting operations. Relative heat and comfort were evaluated by the firefighterevaluators. This program evaluated the firefighter interface and the operational effectiveness and suitability of the system. Evaluation scores showed that all modified helmets were acceptable, with some improvements required. Overall, these helmets are a big improvement over the Air Force standard crash hood in comfort, weight, visibility, and interface with the SCBA. By incorporating the above recommendation, the Air Force firefighter will have a much improved head protection system, usable in both the structural and crash firefighting scenarios. Firefighting helmets.
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Safety Engineering
- Protective Equipment