The Fire Protection Research Foundation is working on a new project led by International Personnel Protection to develop procedures to improve how barrier protective clothing for first responders is evaluated regarding limiting exposure to hazardous liquids. This project is funded by the Technical Support Working Group (TSWG) of the Department of the Defense’s Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office.
The principle effort of the research, dubbed the Improved Liquid Integrity Evaluation Techniques for First Responder Ensembles, is to develop sensors to replace the subjective determinations of liquid penetration made as part of the current test. Research will be conducted to investigate different parameters related to how the test is conducted and correlate these observations made in simulated field exposures. In addition, test method changes and sensor technology will be validated through an interlaboratory test program, the foundation said.
The outcome of the Fire Protection Research Foundation work will be recommendations for new test procedures for incorporation into various standards, such as NFPA 1971, Standard on Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting and NFPA 1994, Standard on Protective Ensembles for First Responders to CBRN Terrorism Incidents.
The research project will be completed over a 20-month period.