Susan McKelvey

Help protect the people who protect us: Become a sponsor on an upcoming project to address contaminant removal from fire fighter PPE

Blog Post created by Susan McKelvey Employee on Mar 20, 2015

The Fire Protection Research Foundation is currently looking for sponsors to support its upcoming project on contaminant removal from fire fighters’ personal protective equipment (PPE), but they need your help to do it.

While general cleaning procedures have been established in NFPA 1851, Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting, more science is needed to support, clarify and enhance those procedures to ensure optimum contaminant removal.

Firefighters on scene

This issue is of serious concern to today’s fire service community, particularly as cancer - a leading concern for fire fighter health – is presumably linked to fireground exposures and associated PPE contamination.

Becoming a sponsor is a powerful opportunity to address this issue, and to ultimately help better protect fire fighter health and safety.

The first phase of the Foundation project focuses on gathering information and data to identify and characterize persistent contaminants in fire fighter PPE. While NFPA has pledged approximately half the required funding, at least five principal sponsors providing $10K apiece are needed for Phase I to move the initiative forward. (One sponsor has been confirmed to date, but we still need four more.)

Principal sponsors will play an integral role, receiving prominent recognition as an active supporter during all outreach efforts. They’re also granted privileged access to associated ongoing events and progress reports, with the ability to:

  • monitor research results;
  • actively provide guidance and commentary as a non-voting member of the Project Technical Panel; and 
  • help ensure that overall project goals are met.

All sponsors also will receive featured recognition in the published final report. Lastly, contributions are generally tax deductible because of the Foundation’s status as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.

For any groups or individuals interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Casey Grant, executive director of the Research Foundation.

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