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Protective Clothing and SCBA Evaluations FFFIPP FY12

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  • To evaluate protective clothing and SCBAs in support of the investigation of firefighter injuries and fatalities and provide findings to accident investigators and stakeholders

Protective Clothing and SCBA Evaluation

Applicable Standards

  • NFPA 1971 (Clothing)
  • NFPA 1981 (SCBA)
  • Statement of Standard for CBRN SCBA
  • ASTM Test Methods

Key Partners

  • Michael McKenna and Associates, LLC


  • UL
  • ASTM
  • NFPA
  • SEI
  • IAFF
Logos of key partners

Project Scope

  • Conduct investigations of protective clothing and SCBAs involved in line-of-duty deaths and injuries to fire fighters in conjunction with the Fire Fighter Fatality and Injury Prevention Program (FFFIPP)
  • Utilize findings to support revisions to standards, develop future NPPTL research, and educate the fire service


  • Q1 Complete Morgantown lab renovations
  • Q2 Complete evaluation procedure for clothing
  • Q3 Complete SCBA lab set-up, correlation study and reports for current evaluations
  • Q4 Transfer SCBA testing from TEB to PCE team


  • Reports on Clothing evaluations
  • Reports on SCBA evaluations
  • Findings on issues related to clothing/SCBA performance and use


  • Use of reports by FFFIPP to expand current reports
  • Use of findings and information by standards development organizations in the revision of standards
  • Use of findings and information by the fire service to improve the care, maintenance, and understanding of the protective clothing and SCBAs worn during fire fighting
  • New research projects
Page last updated: April 17, 2012
Page last reviewed: April 17, 2012
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory