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Next Generation Structural Fire Fighting PPE Ensemble Project HEROES FY07

NOTE: This page is archived for historical purposes and is no longer being maintained or updated.
Current Information can be found at: Next Generation Structural Fire Fighting PPE Ensemble Project HEROES - FY08


  • The goal of the project is to develop test methods to assess the performance of 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 F2588-06 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 - Funded in part by TSWG
  • IAFF
  • Morning Pride
  • Association of International 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 NFPA to remove design restrictions and allow advanced technologies to be incorporated and possibly certified


  • Q1 Complete testing on seven subjects
  • Q2 Complete revised ASTM test practice
  • Q3 Final Report to TSWG
  • Q4 Complete life shirt testing


  • Manuscripts published or submitted to peer review journals (approx. 2)
  • Presentations to stakeholders or conferences (approx. 5)
  • Standards committee meetings & public meetings
  • Final report to TSWG


  • NPPTL will have contributed significantly to two ASTM standard test practices on physiological testing and MIST.
  • NPPTL contributed significantly to the 2007 revision 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)