War on Terrorism

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Microclimate Cooling Systems Survey for Law Enforcement

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has asked the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC), a component of the Department of Defense (DoD), to evaluate microclimate cooling systems technology for law enforcement personnel. We would appreciate your participation in a brief, 10-15 minute online survey on Microclimate Cooling Systems for Law Enforcement.

Microclimate cooling systems are devices that provide a cooling capability to personnel wearing personal
protective clothing and equipment. To maximize the efficiency of these systems, cooling garments are worn under protective clothing, typically against the skin. Many types of microclimate cooling systems are available on the commercial market today including ice or phase change material vests, ambient air blowers, ice systems used with a cooling garment, refrigeration systems, compressed air systems, etc. Since the size, weight, cooling performance, integration and logistical requirements vary significantly among these systems, your input will help NSRDEC to define the critical parameters that will form the basis for a microclimate cooling system standard for law enforcement personnel.

Please visit
www.mccsurvey.org to take the online survey. By participating in this short survey, you will be providing valuable input to on-going operational and standards research serving the first responder community.

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