Firefighting turnout boots: How a human factors approach can improve performance

Susan L. Sokolowski, Nick Cantrell, Linsey Griffin

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Abstract

For firefighters, turnout boots must insulate, resist water/chemicals, carry heavy loads, climb variable terrain, push and plant; to enable the wearer to perform in dangerous conditions and save lives. In 2016, the National Fire Protection Association estimated that 62,085 injuries occurred in the line of duty [1]. Many of these injuries can be attributed to poor fitting and functioning turnout gear, especially boots. In order to understand this challenge, a human factors approach, through a human centered design lens was used to investigate directly from firefighters how turnout boots function during performance. The researchers conducted a pilot study, through a web survey and SWOT analysis of state-of-the-art turnout boots available domestically, to understand design opportunities. The results helped define future research goals and initial design insights, for the development of new turnout boots; including partnership identification, component needs, sizing, materials and manufacturing processes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Interdisciplinary Practice in Industrial Design - Proceedings of the AHFE 2018 International Conference on Interdisciplinary Practice in Industrial Design, 2018
EditorsCliff Sungsoo Shin, WonJoon Chung
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages59-67
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9783319946009
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
EventAHFE International Conference on Interdisciplinary Practice in Industrial Design, 2018 - Orlando, United States
Duration: Jul 21 2018Jul 25 2018

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
Volume790
ISSN (Print)2194-5357

Conference

ConferenceAHFE International Conference on Interdisciplinary Practice in Industrial Design, 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOrlando
Period7/21/187/25/18

Keywords

  • Design
  • Firefighters
  • SWOT analysis
  • Turnout boots
  • User survey

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