Well…if someone once told you that you have beautiful, dreamy eyes, we don’t care-this isn’t what this is about. However, your help is needed for a quick survey so the NFPA folks hear from FIREFIGHTERS and eye protection related to helmets.
Below is a survey link on eye and face protection developed by the NFPA 1971/1851 Task Group on Eye and Face Protection. For decades, the NFPA Technical Committee has struggled in developing a practical minimum standard for fire and emergency services eye and face protection. Currently, there are partial face-shields, flip-downs (bourkes), and goggles. Many fire fighters remove all forms of face and eye protection from their helmet. Often, helmet mounted eye and faceshield protection is damaged or dirty to an extent it is almost opaque. Contamination issues are now a concern. Opinions vary.
-Some think that eye and face protection should not be attached to the helmet.
-Some think if it is removed from the helmet, there will be no face/eye-protection at all.
-Some think eye and face protection should be integral with the helmet so it is protected when in the stowed position.
So…a Task Group was formed to study this in further detail. The first step in this process is to obtain info and opinion from you, FIREFIGHTERS… on what is currently being used and gather input from YOU, the the fire service. The data and input collected will be used to determine if there should, or should not be changes to the NFPA 1971 and 1851 standards.
It is known that the SCBA face piece provides excellent face and eye protection. The purpose of this survey is to determine emergency responder needs for face and eye protection when the SCBA facepiece is not required.
So here ya go ol’ blue eyes, take 5 minutes to provide the information so that the opinion of dreamy eyed Firefighters count: