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Register to attend the free Research Foundation webinar on “Female Firefighter Personal Protective Clothing: Investigation of Design, Comfort, and Mobility Issues”

The Fire Protection Research Foundation will be hosting its next webinar of its 2022 Webinar Series on Monday, October 17 on Female Firefighter Personal Protective Clothing: Investigation of Design, Comfort, and Mobility Issues.

Structural and wildland firefighting personal protective clothing (PPC) is primarily developed for the male firefighter, despite the growing number of female firefighters in the fire protection community. Female firefighters wear the same turnout suits and wildland gear as their male counterparts and are at a higher risk of injury and fatality due to ill-fitting PPC.  Research has found that female firefighters are wearing PPC that is not sized for the female form and therefore has an unsatisfactory fit.  Sizing data from other organizations have demonstrated that PPC needs to be designed specifically for women and that simply downsizing the garment is not an appropriate solution.  This webinar will disseminate the findings of the study, including end-user feedback, the first female firefighter anthropometric database, and a discussion around the challenges and barriers of designing and producing gear for the female firefighter population.

This research was led by Dr. Meredith McQuerry, Florida State University, and Dr. Cassandra Kwon, North Carolina State University, who will lead this webinar discussion. Registration is free and required to attend; register by clicking the direct link here or by visiting www.nfpa.org/webinars for more upcoming FPRF webinars and watch on-demand archived research webinars.

This webinar is supported by the Research Foundation 2022 Webinar Series Sponsors: American Wood Council, AXA XL Risk Consulting, FM Global, Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Co., Inc., Telgian Engineering and Consulting, The Zurich Services Corporation.

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