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Next Generation Structural Fire Fighting PPE Ensemble Project HEROES -FY06

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Current Information can be found at: Next Generation Structural Fire Fighting PPE Ensemble Project HEROES -FY07


  • Project HEROES (Homeland Emergency Response Operational Equipment Systems) is funded by the Technical Support Working Group (TSWG) and is managed by the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF).
  • The goal of the project is to develop a prototype PPE ensemble for firefighters that provides improved protection against chemical and biological agents.
Firefighter in full Personal Protective Equipment (P P E) ensemble

Applicable Standards

  • ASTM F23.6 - WK8818 Standard Practice for the Physiological Evaluation of Protective Clothing
  • ASTM F23.2 - WK8001 Standard Test Method for Man-In-Simulant Test (MIST) for Protective Ensembles
  • NFPA 1971 (structural fire fighting ensembles)
  • NFPA 1994 (CBRN ensembles)

Key Partners

  • TSWG - Interagnecy/International
  • IAFF
  • Morning Pride
  • International Association of Fire Chiefs
  • University of Arkansas


  • Firefighters/emergency responders
  • Standards organizations (NFPA, ASTM)
  • Manufacturers of materials and ensembles

Project Scope

  • Develop physiological test protocol and conduct ergonomic and physiological testing to assess the performance of the HEROES ensemble.
  • Support the development of test methods to ensure all ensembles and materials are tested appropriately
  • Supply language and support to standards organizations to remove design restrictions and allow advanced technologies to be incorporated and possibly certified


  • Subject recruitment, medical screening
  • Draft ASTM physiology standard
  • Ergonomic evaluation of HEROES prototype
  • Physiological evaluation of HEROES prototype
  • Comparison of physiological sensing devices
  • Draft report to TSWG


  • None for FY06


  • NPPTL has contributed significantly to two proposed ASTM standard test practices (WK8818, WK8001)
  • NPPTL has contributed significantly to proposed revisions of NFPA 1971 and 1994
Page last modified: July 23, 2007
Page last reviewed: July 23, 2007 (archived document)
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)