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Traditional and Particulate-Blocking Firefighter Hoods: Pros, Cons, and Trade-Offs
This Fire Protection Research Foundation webinar will present the findings from a DHS FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant funded research study, led by North Carolina State University’s Textile Protection and Comfort Center (TPACC), on developing a system-level methodology for evaluating protective hood materials and designs for trade-offs between protection (particulate and flashfire), comfort, durability, and situational awareness. Firefighter exposure to chemicals through head, face, and neck demonstrates vulnerable body regions for exposure. Prior to 2016, protective hood variations were mainly based on different designs, bib lengths, fiber types, and blends, and on whether they were a traditional two-layer knit hood or a three-layer option designed for instructors. Particulate-blocking hoods were first introduced as a direct response to the heightened awareness of carcinogenic soot deposition on the head, face, and neck of firefighters on a traditional knit hood. This research project was conducted to further the understanding of this vulnerability and the performance trade-offs between traditional hoods and the new particulate-blocking alternatives.

Bryan Ormond, PhD, North Carolina State University

Fire Protection Research Foundation 2021 Webinar Series Sponsors:
APA – The Engineered Wood Association
AXA XL Risk Consulting
Johnson Controls
Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Co., Inc.
Telgian Engineering and Consulting
The Zurich Services Corporation

Aug 4, 2021 12:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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