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Smith, John R.. 2009. Firefighters' Leather Gloves Redesigned To Be More Comfortable. 0951 2312P. Missoula, MT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Missoula Technology and Development Center. 4 p.

After a nationwide product review, almost 2,000 wildland firefighters said that the heavy-duty leather gloves they were issued were uncomfortable. Because the gloves must meet the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1977 Standard on Protective Clothing and Equipment for Wildland Fire Fighting, they have to be made from relatively thick leather. The design of the gloves was changed to make them more comfortable without reducing their protection. Firefighters who tested the new gloves during the summer of 2007 liked them. The General Services Administration and the National Interagency Support Caches will supply the new gloves once the stock of the existing gloves has been depleted, probably sometime during the early summer of 2009. Two other new gloves have features that may be preferred by some wildland firefighters. They can be ordered through the General Services Administration.

Keywords: fire fighting, firefighting, General Services Administration, GSA, personal protective equipment, PPE, safety at work


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