MCFRS News Release

Montgomery County Firefighters to Participate in National Study for Improved Safety Standards for Firefighters

Media are invited to come out and learn more.
December 16, 2009 at 4:00 p.m.
Public Safety Training Academy
9710 Great Seneca Highway , Rockville , Maryland

Rockville, MD - - -
Montgomery County firefighters have been selected to participate in a national study being conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) which could lead to improved safety standards and fewer on-the-job injuries and deaths for the nation’s firefighters. NIOSH established a mandate to anthropometrically capture data on a representative sample of firefighters to include the fit of masks, helmets, protective gear and the configuration of seating areas in fire engines.

Anthropometry is the science of measuring the human body and the measurements can be used to improve the fit and performance of equipment that interfaces with the body and has advanced significantly over the last 10 years. Using both traditional and state-of-the-art three-dimensional scans, a team of anthropometry specialists will be at the Public Safety Training Academy in Rockville measuring firefighters, both male and female, for the study. Information and data collected from the study will lay the groundwork and provide critical data to address fit and integration issues associated with protective equipment and apparatus. On December 16, 2009 at 4:00 p.m. Chief Richard Bowers and members of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service will participate in the study.

The study is supported by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF), the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) and the Fire Apparatus Manufacturer’s Association (FAMA). In addition to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue, other fire departments participating in the study include Phoenix, Arizona, Chicago, Illinois and Ft. Worth, Texas.