Turnout Gear – The First Line of Defence
Firefighters have a heavy load to bear — and their turnout gear shouldn’t add to it. So DuPont fibres help manufacturers create fire-resistant liners, outer shells and accessories that not only stand up to the thermal hazards they may face, but also help wearers get the job done without restricting the wearers mobility.
We do this with science-based innovations such as Nomex® brand fibres, and constantly research unique ways they can be used to help improve protection. Unlike other materials and fibres available, turnout gear and accessories made of Nomex® fibre are inherently flame-resistant and won’t melt, drip, or support combustion in the air. What’s more, the thermal protection offered by Nomex® is permanent — its superior flame resistance cannot be washed out or worn away.
Depending on norm requirements, user specifications and the hazard involved, woven, knitted or non-woven fabrics are used in various compositions and structures – either in single or multilayer garments. Below are some typical fabric types used in order to increase the protection of the firefighter – whether in underwear, polo shirts, forest fire garments, station uniforms or turnout gear:
The Outer Shell
Outer shells constructed with Nomex® fibre are engineered to form materials that stand up to heat, stay strong, and protect the inner components – and the wearer. Durable water-repellent treatments help keep gear lighter and prevent water from compromising the valuable air layers that provide the bulk of the garments' thermal insulation.
The Moisture Barrier
Fabrics made of Nomex® non-wovens help the most trusted and reliable moisture barrier manufacturers to provide strong flame-resistant substrates for their liquid-impermeable films. The moisture barrier helps protect against the intrusion of water, chemicals, and viral agents. Since these barriers are also breathable, they allow metabolic heat to escape, thereby reducing overall heat stress during strenuous activities.
The Thermal Barrier and Inner Liner
Thermal barriers and inner liners made of Nomex® fibre help provide durable, flexible, heat-insulating components. Water-wicking or water-repellent finishes on individual layers improve moisture management, and reduce garment-drying time.
DuPont™ Nomex® and Kevlar® get a strong position as solution providers to the specific needs of the modern fire fighter
DuPont develops and rigorously tests life-saving materials, to ensure the safety of the modern firefighters.
DUPONT PRODUCTS & SERVICES
Nomex® Protects Derbyshire firefighters
Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service chooses firefighting kit made of TITAN® fabric incorporating DuPont™ Nomex® fibres for each of its 826 firefighters.
London Fire Brigade Outfits 6,000 with TITAN®
London Fire Brigade is taking advantage of the latest technology from DuPont and Hainsworth in its selection of a new firefighting kit made of TITAN® fabric incorporating DuPont™ Nomex® and DuPont™ Kevlar® fibres.
West Midlands Fire Service
The West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) has taken delivery of the latest heat and flame protection technology in its selection of a new firefighting turnout gear made of Hainsworth® TITAN fabric that incorporates DuPont™, Nomex® and DuPont™ Kevlar® fibres.
Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue Kits
Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service becomes the first in the UK to use the latest technology from DuPont and Hainsworth for its new fire fighting kit, made of TITAN® fabric which incorporates the renowned fibers DuPont™ Nomex® and DuPont™ Kevlar®.
Heraeus Quarzglas Training Workshop
At Heraeus Quarzglas safety at work is a top priority. In addition to safe procedures and protective clothing made of Nomex® fibre, the firm relies on the fact that its employees are trained to be extremely aware of the importance of safe working practices.
Information & Ideas
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Nomex® & Thermal Protection Performance Test
The Thermal Protection Performance Test measures the thermal protection level of a fabric.
DuPont™ Nomex® Partner Program
The DuPont™ Nomex® Partner Program is the answer to those in Europe who seek innovative protective solutions from a trusted value chain. DuPont™ Nomex® Partners, identified with the Nomex® Partner seal, are carefully selected for their commitment to ethical principles, strong quality and innovation orientation, and detailed knowledge of end user needs.
Electric Arc Protection - Nomex®
In order to choose adequate protective clothing, the potential incident heat energy (in units of energy per surface area) caused by an electric arc and to which a worker may be exposed, needs to be calculated in a thorough risk assessment.
Nomex® & the Thermo-Man® Test
DuPont™ Thermo-Man® is a life-size mannequin equipped with 122 heat sensors dressed in test garments and exposed to a flash fire with temperatures rising up to 1,000°C.
DuPont Round Table at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue HQ – Part 2
DuPont hosted a round table debate at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue headquarters to encourage a discussion about topical issues regarding PPE in the Fire and Rescue sector. Part 2 of the debate focuses on breakopen and cost vs. wearlife.
Nomex Innovation Highlights release
Recognising the importance of innovation, quality and authenticity, DuPont, leaders in personal protection, will be displaying a range of its partners products that have received the respected ‘DuPont™ Nomex® Innovation Award’ at this year’s A+A show.
Protection in Action with Dupont™ Nomex® 3DP Fabric
Nomex® 3DP outer shell fabric from DuPont; will be on display on the DuPont booth at A+A 2015 (Hall 05-A40). The fabric provides high protection and comfort levels, improving the safety of the wearer by extending escape time in situations when every second counts. The fabric is the latest innovation from DuPont.
New 48h Express Service for Dupont™ Nomex® - Launched at A+A 2015
Visitors to the DuPont booth at A+A 2015 will have access to a new, easy order and swift 48h delivery service for selected high quality garments made with DuPont™ Nomex® and a show ‘Offer’ with discounts available to make the latest in protection even more affordable.
Dupont™ Nomex® Thermal-Industrial Innovation Awards Bring Innovation to the Forefront at A+A 2015
DuPont Protection Technologies will showcase the winners of the DuPont™ Nomex® Thermal-Industrial Innovation Award at this year’s A+A (Hall 5, Stand A40). The safety, security and health at work international trade fair with congress takes place from 27th October to 30th October 2015 in Düsseldorf.
New DuPont™ Nomex® 3DP
The new Nomex® 3DP outer shell fabric includes intelligent Flux Technology. Building on over 40 years of successfully keeping firefighters safe, this new patented outer shell fabric is the latest innovation from DuPont and completes its Nomex® portfolio. Its integrated fabric technology provides extended escape time and gives extra seconds of wearer safety in situations where every second counts.
UK & NYFD firefighters mark 9/11 with golf tournament
Firefighters from UK and New York fire services recently came together for a competitive golf tournament in memory of the firefighters who lost their lives during the September 11th attacks.