Enhanced Rescue Hoist Glove: Operational Field Assessment Report   [open pdf - 3MB]

From the Executive Summary: "Rescue hoist gloves protect emergency responders' hands during specialized helicopter hoist rescue operations. To improve the durability and performance of these gloves, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) First Responders and Detection, Office of Mission Capability and Support sponsored the research and development of abrasion-resistant glove materials and alternative glove designs. This effort resulted in two prototype fingerless glove designs. [...] DHS S&T's National Urban Security Technology Laboratory (NUSTL) conducted an operational field assessment (OFA) where five responders from the fire services and members of the uniformed services evaluated the gloves at the U.S. Coast Guard's Aviation Technical Training Center located in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. To replicate manual tasks typically associated with rescue missions, the evaluators used hoist platforms equipped with safety harnesses, rescue gurneys holding weighted mannequins, stationary helicopters, carabiner and various other gear. Equipment at the training center was able to mechanically generated wind and rain to simulate conditions encountered during hoist rescue operations. The evaluators found that the SuperFabric material used in the enhanced gloves had different properties than the leather in their current gloves, which effected operational activities."

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