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Biomechanical and Physiological Study of Firefighter Boots – FY09

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Objective

  • The primary objective of this study is to determine the effect of boot weight and design on firefighters’ biomechanical and physiological responses.  Two new models will be tested:
Pro Warrington Fabric/Leather and Globe Magnum Leather
- Firefighter Boots

Applicable Standards

  • NFPA 1971

Key Partners

  • NFPA
  • IAFF

 

Stakeholders

  • Fire departments and firefighters
  • Firefighter Boot manufacturers

Project Scope


  • To evaluate the effect of boot weight and design on men and women firefighters’ oxygen consumption, peak flows, joint loading, dynamic balance, and gait characteristics
  • To provide much needed scientific data to the NFPA 1971 standards committee (Protective Ensemble for Structural Fire Fighting) to revise and update standards

Milestones

  • Q1 Complete HSRB protocol amendment for FY09 testing and Complete draft manuscript of 1st phase results
  • Q2 Present preliminary results of 2nd phase testing to NFPA 1971 technical committee
  • Q3 Present results of 2nd phase testing at AIHCE in Toronto
  • Q4 Initiate and complete 25% of human subject testing in Morgantown human factors laboratory

Outputs

  • Presentations at conferences (2 to date)
  • Standards committee presentations and public meetings (2 to date)
  • Published manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals

Outcomes

  • Encourage standards organizations to make improvements in firefighter boot standards
Page last updated: April 05, 2010
Page last reviewed: April 14, 2009
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
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