Accession Number : ADA956135

Title :   Aluminized Firefighters Crash-Rescue Protective Hood: Facepiece-Visor Redesign Study.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Oct 76-Sep 77,

Corporate Author : NAVY CLOTHING AND TEXTILE RESEARCH FACILITY NATICK MA

Personal Author(s) : Andruk, Francis S.

Report Date : DEC 1978

Pagination or Media Count : 16

Abstract : The Navy Clothing & Textile Research Facility (NCTRF) conducted a redesign study for the purpose of improving the standard aluminized firefighters' crash-rescue hood. Efforts were directed towards developing an adjustable facepiece visor assembly, which would permit unrestricted visibility, verbal communication, and the exchange of fresh air during standby situations. An adjustable configuration was conceived and initial samples of a comparable commercial type were fabricated and subjected to a limited performance test. Results showed this type to be highly functional; however, under fire emergency conditions, several areas proved to be marginal or inadequate. To eliminate these problem areas, NCTRF modified the facepiece design. As the required task approached a resolution, the fiscal year ended and the program terminated. Because the need still exists for an improved hood, appropriation of additional funds and continuance of this redesign study is recommended. Aluminized Firefighters' Crash-Rescue Protective Hood, Firefighters' Protective Clothing Redesign Study, Firefighters Adjustable Facepiece Visor, Fire-Resistant Materials, Protective Clothing Performance Tests, Aluminized Materials.

Descriptors :   *HOODS, *PERFORMANCE TESTS, *PROTECTIVE MASK FACEPIECES, AIR, ASSEMBLY, CLOTHING, CONFIGURATIONS, FIRE RESISTANT MATERIALS, PROTECTIVE CLOTHING, RESCUES, STANDARDS, TEST AND EVALUATION, TEXTILES, VISIBILITY, VISORS, PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT, PROTECTIVE COVERINGS, PROTECTIVE COATINGS, FIRE FIGHTING, HEAT TRANSFER.

Subject Categories : Protective Equipment
      Safety Engineering

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE