Heat Stress Prevention: Why not apply this technology to fire helmets?
Firefighter's attack a fire inside a locomotive... Think it gets a little hot inside?
Football Firefighter Helmet Monitors Body Temp, (and could) Saves Lives
Heat stroke kills
playersfirefighters every year. But a new helmet gives coachesfirefighter's a novel sidelinemonitoring system.The greatest danger that football playersfirefighters face is a [insert something else here like heart attacks, asphyxiation, internal trauma, burns, drowning, HEAT STROKE, asthma attack or getting shot ] bone-crushing hit, right? But the stats tell a different story: Since 1995, 39 football playersfirefighters, most in high school, have died of heat stroke. And it's not the province of psycho coaches in Texas either: In 2001, Minnesota Vikiings lineman Korey Stringer died, with a body temperature of 108.8 degrees. Now take that same individual playing football and put that person into a firefighting situation that could involve structure fires, motor vehicle fires, wildland fires or any arduous activity that occurs in high temperatures that much of the United States is currently encountering.In the last decade (1), oAs Popular Science reports, a new football helmet could finally end those tragedies so...Why not apply this technology to fire helmets?Hothead Technologies invented the Heat Observation Technology (HOT) system, an in-helmet temperature monitor that will alert coaches when a player is overheated. Inside the helmet's padding, near the players temporal artery, the monitoring comes from a thermistor, whose electrical resistance varies with temperature. (Which sounds fancy, but almost all metals have that property; thermosistors merely have a more regular resistance pattern, which is easier to model.) A built-in radio transmits temperatures to a PDA monitored on the sidelines. Hothead, apparently, is "as accurate as a rectal thermometer" but obviously far more useful to football players (and firefighters).