Fire fighter personal protective equipment (PPE) is an essential part of today’s fire fighting gear. This research will develop and test new structural firefighter turnout suit constructions having a combined thermal comfort and protective performance that exceeds anything currently available for structural firefighters. These prototype turnouts will incorporate advanced materials and design innovations that "push the envelope" to achieve major advances in lightweight turnout wear comfort. This project will produce concept turnout suit prototypes that reflect a systems level understanding on optimum balance between thermal protective properties (TPP) and total heat loss (THL) requirements for structural firefighter turnout suits.
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