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Anderson, Leslie ; Petrilli, Tony . 2003. New Generation Fire Shelter Developed for Wildland Firefighters. 0351 2313P. Missoula, MT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Missoula Technology and Development Center. 10 p.

Describes the new generation fire shelter developed for wildland firefighters by the Missoula Technology and Development Center. Fire shelters provide some protection for wildland firefighters who become entrapped by wildland fires. The new generation fire shelter provides significantly more protection from radiant heat and direct-flame contact than the standard fire shelter it replaces. It does so at the cost of additional weight (4.2 pounds compared to 3.4 pounds), bulk (41/2 inches deep when folded compared to 31/4 inches), and cost (about $250 compared to $50). The new shelter is longer, lower, and rounder than the standard shelter it replaces. It has two layers of fabric: an outer layer of woven silica laminated to aluminum foil and an inner layer of fiberglass laminated to aluminum foil.

Keywords: firefighting, packs, personal protective equipment, retrofitting, safety at work

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