Davies, Mary Ann. 2006. A Helmet for ATV Operators with Fireline Duties. 0651 2350P. Missoula, MT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Missoula Technology and Development Center. 4 p.
The Forest Service's Health and Safety Code Handbook (FSH 6709.11) requires ATV operators to wear motorcycle helmets. The foam liners in these helmets are not designed for the high temperatures operators could experience in the fire environment. The Missoula Technology and Development Center recruited ATV operators to test helmets used by persons working in pit crews for race car drivers. Those helmets, manufactured by Simpson Performance Products, Inc., had flame resistant Nomex liners and met requirements of the U.S. Department of Transportation. The helmets worked satisfactorily, but noise prevented the ATV operators from maintaining radio communications. A prototype helmet that includes a voice-activated radio is being prepared for field testing during 2007.
Keywords: fire fighting, firefighting, Nomex, prescribed fires, radios, safety at work, Simpson Performance Products Inc, voice-activated radios
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