You are invited to take part in a research study to collect information related to how your ISP cleans 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).

Survey & Confidentiality:
This survey is completely voluntary and anonymous, you have been selected to respond because of your involvement with an ISP. 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 consent [].

By clicking “Next” and proceeding to the survey, you are agreeing to be in this study. You will be asked questions related to your organization’s cleaning practices, capabilities, opinions on priorities. It is estimated that the survey will take less than 15 minutes to complete. If you agree to participate in this study by providing input through this survey, please click "Next" below. The collective results of this survey will be available to you at