Active duty female firefighters, structural and wildland, are invited to take part in a research study to collect feedback from female firefighters regarding the design, fit, and mobility of their personal protective clothing. If you volunteer to take part in this study, you will be one of hundreds to do so nationally.
This study is being conducted by Dr. Meredith McQuerry (Principal Investigator, PI) at Florida State University and Dr. Cassandra Kwon (Co-Principal Investigator, Co-PI) at North Carolina State University. The purpose of this study is to obtain data on the end user’s experience and impact from wearing their current turnout suit and/or wildland personal protective clothing, related to improper fit. In addition, anthropometric (body) measurements will be gathered in a matter of minutes using three-dimensional body scanning to propose an improved, specific female firefighter sizing system. Focus group responses will be anonymously coded and synthesized to determine the overarching impacts and issues related to the current design and functionality of female firefighter personal protective clothing. Anthropometric measures will be shared with the research team without any personal identifying information.
If you agree to take part in this study, we ask that you sign up at this link and complete the online informed consent form/participant survey (see informed consent link below). We ask that you wear or bring tight-fitting base layer clothing (e.g. compression shorts, tank top, sports bra, leggings, etc.) to your session for the body scanning portion. It is estimated that the focus group and body scanning session will last approximately 2 hours.
We thank you in advance for your interest in participating in this study.