Wildland fire shelters are used by firefighters as a last line of defense when trapped by an approaching wildfire. As new and advanced materials become available, these shelters could provide significant performance improvements. This webinar will present the North Carolina State University research project that has provided advanced fire shelter material options as well as an enhanced technical basis for evaluating fire shelter material alternatives.
The project has developed advanced, wildland fire shelters that use novel, heat-resistant fabric technologies to improve protective insulation and compares the performance of the advanced prototypes with what's currently used via lab tests and prescribed burns. The webinar will also discuss thermal exposure conditions to which fire shelters are exposed to in wildland fires; state-of-the-art fire blocking materials that can improve shelter thermal protective performance; the connection between lab tests and shelter performance in wildland fires; and the many factors that go into determining the performance of fire shelters for wildland firefighters.
When: Wednesday, July 18, 12:30-2:00 p.m. ET
John Morton-Aslanis is a research associate with North Carolina State University. He leads the Thermal Testing Laboratory at the Thermal Protection and Comfort Center of North Carolina State University. John is a member of the task groups for the flash fire manikin standards of NFPA 2112, ASTM F1930, and ISO-13506. He has been involved in research projects ranging from improving the current wildland firefighter shelter to developing flash fire test apparatus and methods for the protection of the hands and head. John received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington in 2001.
Dr. Roger L. Barker is a Burlington Distinguished Professor in the Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry, and Science at North Carolina State University and the Director of the Center for Research on Textile Protection and Comfort. He is internationally recognized for his work in the field of thermal protective clothing and comfort and heat stress in clothing systems. Barker has published many technical papers on the subject of the effects of intense heat exposures on fabric materials, including exposures to flash fire, molten metal, hot surface contact, and radiant energy. He was chair of the 1984 ASTM International Symposium on the Performance of Protective Clothing. He is an active participant in several NFPA committees, which are involved in the development of standards for the performance of protective clothing. Barker holds a Ph.D., in Textile and Polymer Science from Clemson University. He has positions at Cornell and Clemson Universities. His industrial experience includes work as a physicist in spun bonded fabrics research.