In the past few years, there has been an increased awareness and concern regarding cancer in the fire service. In response to this concern, protective equipment manufacturers have begun developing gear that is intended to provide protection from smoke and soot particles found in structural fires that are known to contain carcinogenic materials. One piece of equipment that manufacturers and standard committees have focused on is the protective hood. Currently, there are a number of new protective hoods available that incorporate particulate blocking layers intended to help protect the face, head, and neck from deposition of soot, and the NFPA 1971 standard has recently been updated to include new requirements for the performance of these hoods.

The survey should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete and it would be best to have your primary protective hood with you as you fill it out.

If you would like to participate in the survey, please go to the next page and read through the informed consent form and provide your consent to participate.