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Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program (FFFIPP)

Protective Clothing Evaluation FY11

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  • To assist the NIOSH FFFIPP Program with evaluation of protective clothing that has been involved in a LODD or other serious injury.

Damaged Firefighter Protective Clothing

Applicable Standards

  • NFPA 1971
  • NFPA 1851
  • ASTM Test Methods

Key Partners



  • Fire Fighters
  • ASTM
  • NFPA
  • Manufacturers
  • IAFF
Logos of key partners

Project Scope

  • Provide a timely, in-depth review of any protective clothing and equipment at the request of the FFFIPP
  • Develop recommendations for selection, care, use, and maintenance based on findings from investigations
  • Use findings to direct future research for fire fighter protective ensembles and to provide a basis for revisions and updates to protective clothing and equipment standards.


  • Q1 Q2 Continue process development and participate in investigations as requested.
  • Q3 Continue to work to find appropriate facilities and personnel
  • Q4 Meet with FFFIPP to discuss future program goals and objectives


  • Reports on gear investigations for use by FFFIPP
  • Database to assist in recognizing reoccurring failures, issues or trends related to protective clothing
  • Input to standards development organizations (SDOs) for further test and minimum requirement development
  • Conference presentations and peer reviewed journal articles when warranted


  • Use of investigation findings by manufacturers to improve protective clothing; standards development organizations to revise standards; and fire fighters to better understand the selection, care, maintenance and limitations of PPE
Page last updated: August 15, 2011
Page last reviewed: August 15, 2011
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory