Help us to help you, in support of improved health and wellness for the fire service.

We need your feedback and participation in a research study to collect firefighter information related to how your department does (or does not) clean fire fighter PPE (personal protective equipment) and related gear elements or accessories.

It is well understood that fire fighters are exposed to contaminants. Those contaminants soil fire fighter PPE and other fire service gear. Cross-contaminated equipment and gear are suspected of adversely influencing long-term fire fighter health and wellness.

Research Goal:
The current research project is addressing the validation of cleaning methods for fire fighter gear other than coats and pants typically cleaned by extractors, such as helmets, boots, SCBA, hand tools, etc. To the extent possible, other avenues of contamination transmission will also be addressed such as electronic equipment, hose, apparatus seat covers, etc.

This research project intends to extrapolate upon the previous project (addressing PPE Cleaning Validation) and extend the same approach to address the other key components used by fire fighters that need to be regularly cleaned. The primary work for this multi-year effort is now commencing. This project is led by the Fire Protection Research Foundation, and the funding for this effort has been generously provided through a DHS/FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG).

Service & Confidentiality:
This survey is completely voluntary and anonymous, and it is open to any and all firefighters; (both male and female / career or volunteer). All information obtained in this study is strictly confidential. You may skip any questions that you do not want to answer. If you decide to take part, you are free to withdraw at any time. More information is available in our statement of survey [].

By clicking "Next" and proceeding to the survey, you are agreeing to be in this study. You will be asked questions related to demographics, current procedures, and your opinions on priorities. It is estimated that the survey will take less than 20 minutes to complete. If you agree to participate in this study by providing input through this survey, please select "Next".

If you would like more information, if you have any questions about the survey, please email at the Fire Protection Research Foundation.