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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Online Survey for the Fire Service - Participate in Firefighter Turnout Gear Sizing Survey #CaFire

 Online Survey for the Fire Service

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) posted a notice of a survey on turnout 
gear conducted by Cornell University and Kent State University.

 The researchers’ primary interest is opinions on fit and sizing in order to identify areas for 
improvement. The data collected will help improve sizing methods.

All firefighters 18 or older who have at least 3 months work experience are 
encouraged to fill out the survey. All data collected will be kept anonymous.

Participate in Firefighter Turnout Gear Sizing Survey

Researchers from Cornell University and Kent State University are currently conducting an online survey to identify firefighters’ perception about fit and sizing systems of firefighters’ turnout gear. All U.S. firefighters over the age of 18 that have a minimum of three months of work experience as firefighters are invited to participate.
The purpose of this online survey is to identify areas of improvement for the current firefighter’s protective outfit in order to help develop better turnout gear with enhanced comfort, functionality, and mobility. 
The data collected from participant input will provide invaluable information to suggest a better size design of firefighters' gear, such as taking into consideration the difference in characteristics between men and women. The data will also be used to suggest more detailed guidelines for a sizing system for firefighters' gear.
Your participation in this study will provide researchers and manufacturers with practical implications to improve design of protective turnout gear for firefighters. This positive impact may benefit firefighters and our community in the near future by offering improved design that will help firefighters’ performance.
The survey takes about 15-20 minutes to complete. The data gathered will be analyzed collectively and anonymously. Any data about the individual participant will be kept confidential to protect the participant’s privacy and identity.
If you have any questions about this study, contact Huiju Park or 607-255-0185.
If you are interested in participating in the online survey, please click this link:

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