Intensive testing of the Army Quartermaster Corps new aluminized fire fighter's suit took place recently by foresters facing 500 acres of blazing underbrush in the Mississippi National Forest, near Laurel, Mississippi.
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CU. Flaming undergrowth.
CU. Fire fighter playing hose on flames.
SV. Fire fighter walks through burning trees spraying fire, followed by fire tender.
CU. Blazing trees.
SV. Firemen playing hose on flames.
SV. Firemen beating out burning undergrowth.
SV. Firemen fighting fire.
LV. Firemen through fire followed by fire tender.
SV.Pan Firemen drives tractor through burning forest.
LV. Firemen digging undergrowth over to stop fire spreading.
CU. Fireman on ground in new fire fighting suit burning embers falling onto him.
CU. Fireman holds his gloved hand in flames.
SV. Group of firemen in the new type of suit.
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Background: Intensive testing of the Army Quartermaster Corps new aluminized fire fighter's suit took place recently by foresters facing 500 acres of blazing underbrush in the Mississippi National Forest, near Laurel, Mississippi.
Prescribed burning out of underbrush and grasses is conducted annually throughout the southern states to improve timber growth in national forests by the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture.
Wearing the new light-weight (1 pound 10 ounces) inexpensive and expendable ensemble over their duty uniforms, Forest Service men go through their paces, using akes, power saws and shovels, in an all-out effort to determine durability of the paper-fabricated suit, as well as its maximum effectiveness in protecting fire fighters. Reports received as a result of previous Department of the Army field tests indicate the suit is highly effective.
Styled much like the Arctic parks and sized to fit over a duty uniform, steel helmet and a breathing apparatus, the new Quartermaster research product is made of flame-retardant, treated aluminized kraft paper laminated with a flame-resistant adhesive to a reflective aluminum foil.