Firefighter Protective Clothing and Equipment: Exploring the Limits

March 25: Does the replacement of natural materials with synthetic materials affect the firefighters? Does the thermal protective performance rating of the gear affect tactical capabilities? Does work station wear impact the effective thermal protective performance of PPE?

Date: March 25, 2021
1:00 PM EDT / 12:00 PM CDT / 10:00 AM PDT / 5:00 PM GMT

Duration: 1 Hour

CEU: A certificate of attendance will be offered

This webcast focuses on the limits of today’s personal protective equipment (PPE). However we will start with a look at data from the 1970s. These studies conducted with the Fire Department of the City of New York and the Boston Fire Department provided the current baseline understanding of the firefighters’ working environment. That baseline will be compared with recent measurements of the firefighters’ environment from the perspective of how the current gear and equipment perform under bench-scale and full-scale test exposures. Several of the experiments related to exposure of firefighters under live fire conditions were conducted with the Illinois Fire Service Institute, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute. Reports of line-of-duty deaths or injuries that contain evaluation of the gear for thermal damage are discussed and compared to thermal performance guidelines.

Among the questions addressed are the following:

Does the replacement of natural materials with synthetic materials affect the firefighters?
Does the thermal protective performance rating of the gear affect tactical capabilities?
Does work station wear impact the effective thermal protective performance of PPE?

Presented By: Dan Madrzykowski, Director of Research, UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute

Dan has conducted research in the areas of fire suppression, fire investigation, and fire fighter safety for more than 30 years.  He is a member of the NFPA and serves on the technical committees for Fire Service Training, Structural Fire Fighting, and Fire Investigation.  Dan is a member of the ISFSI and co-developed the Understanding and Fighting Basement Fires training course.  He was named ISFSI Instructor of the Year in 2009.  Dan holds the rank of Honorary Battalion Chief with the FDNY and received the IFSTA Granito Award for Excellence in Fire Leadership in 2012.  In 2013 Dan was invited to the White House in honor of receiving a Service to America Medal.  He received a President’s Award from the IAFC for his firefighting research in 2014 and in 2016 developed on-line training programs on Fire Dynamics and Firefighting Research.  Dan earned his BS and MS from the University of Maryland and his PhD in Fire Engineering from the University of Canterbury.

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