Anyone out there know about the field of research and design in the fire service? I really want to know if this would be a good occupation, Availabilty, Requirments? I am currently a Exercise Physiology major, and would love to help design SCBA's. I have the oppurtunity of working with a veteran Phd. this semester doing a comparison on Leather vs. Rubber Boots. We will be doing fatigue, chemical absorbtion test's. I think I have alot to learn from him, he has done many test on FF's, but mostly on Psychological Stress.