The U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center’s (NSRDEC) conducted the Advanced Personal Protection System (APPS) Wildland Firefighter Personal Protection Equipment (WLFF PPE) program between April 2011 and December 2013. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate’s (S&T) Responder Technologies (R-Tech) Program, also known as TechSolutions, and the Department of Agriculture’s U.S. Forest Service (USFS) sponsored NSRDEC to develop an improved WLFF PPE garment system for wildland firefighters. This program sought to develop a new PPE garment system that would:
- Achieve the thermal protection specified in the risk assessment to improve protection.
- Achieve the total heat loss rating specified in the risk assessment to reduce heat stress.
- Improve the form, fit, and function of the PPE garment system.