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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 10 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)
  • Final report to TSWG (Feb 2008)


  • Research resulted in an ASTM standard test practice on physiological testing "ASTM F2668-07 Standard Practice for determining the Physiological Responses of the Wearer to Protective Clothing Ensembles"
  • NPPTL contributed significantly to the 2007 revision of NFPA 1971 and 1994
Page last updated: August 08, 2008
Page last reviewed: August 08, 2008
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