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Stored Thermal Energy Test Method

for Evaluation of Fire Fighter PPE – FY09

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Current Information can be found at: Stored Thermal Energy Test Method for Evaluation of Fire Fighter PPE – FY10


  • To develop and validate a stored thermal energy test method to simulate low intensity exposures for evaluating ensemble propensity to prevent stored thermal energy burns
Firefighter Ensemble, stored thermal energy burns, and fabric testing equipment

Applicable Standards

  • ASTM F23 Work Item – WK14247
  • NFPA 1971, Standard on Protective Ensemble for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting

Key Partners

  • N.C. State University
  • NIST
  • NFPA Research Foundation
  • ASTM
  • UL


  • Fire Fighters
  • Manufacturers
  • Test Laboratories

Project Scope

  • Develop stored thermal energy test method and apparatus
  • To assist in the completion of the ASTM standard within the F23 Committee on Protective Clothing and Equipment
  • To provide recommended application and criteria to NFPA 1971 TC


  • Q1 Develop Statement of Work for NCSU for FY09
  • Q2 Provide update to structural TC at NFPA Meeting and Initiate Contract to NCSU
  • Q3 Participate in Task Group Meeting and support ballot during ASTM Meeting and Facilitate testing set-up at an outside lab
  • Q4 Complete testing to determine length of exposure recommendation and Complete Public Comment to NFPA 1971 for recommended method and criteria


  • Standards meetings (approx. 12)
  • Recommended test methods and criteria
  • NFPA Public Comments, recommending incorporation of the method and criteria into the NFPA 1971 Standard
  • Conference presentations and peer reviewed journal articles
  • Final Report to NFPA Foundation


  • Completed ASTM Test Method entitled “Standard Test Method for Measuring the Transmitted and Stored Energy of Firefighter Protective Clothing Material Systems”
  • Incorporated into NFPA 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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