The Best Come Together for Firefighter Apparel
Firefighters need all the protection they can get. So when fabric made with Kevlar® fiber is engineered with Nomex® fiber, the result is excellent thermal protection, strength, and durability.
People all around the world depend on the bravery and training of firefighters to offer protection against fires. In turn, firefighters depend on firefighter apparel made with DuPont™ Nomex® and Kevlar® fiber to help them meet the demands of a rigorous and challenging job. Together, these innovative fibers help offer fire resistance, strength, durability, and more. Kevlar® is five times stronger than steel on an equal-weight basis, yet fabrics can be lightweight, comfortable, and thermally protective. It helps enhance the overall durability and strength of lightweight turnout gear outer-shell-and-thermal-liner systems. And Nomex® fiber is inherently flame resistant, tough and flexible.
- Nomex® fiber carbonizes and thickens when exposed to the intense heat of today’s fires. This increases the protective barrier between the heat source and the user, helping to reduce burn injury and providing valuable time to work or escape.
- When fabric made with Kevlar® fiber is engineered with Nomex® fiber or used with another blend, it can help to further enhance tear strength and abrasion resistance of outer shells protecting the moisture barriers and thermal liners inside.
- Garments made from Nomex® fiber last, on average, two to three times longer than most other standard and protective fabrics, including 100% cotton, polyester/garment blends, and FR cotton.
- Per garment manufacturers, the average wear life of Stationwear made of Nomex® is about five years, and it can be washed and worn at least 125 times, making it an affordable choice.
Many questions come up during the search for new turnout gear. Here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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®.
INFORMATION & IDEAS
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.
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Protecting Nomex® Production
The DuPont™ Nomex® Partner Program is a carefully-selected network of customer-oriented and progressive weavers and garment manufacturers in Europe who adhere to the rigorous quality controls of DuPont for their fabrics and garments. A unique label on the garment aids identification and provides customers in Europe with a quality mark from reputable suppliers who offer genuine products with Nomex®.
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.
Para-Aramid Fiber & Firefighting Gear
A DuPont quality assessment project tests how the content of para-aramid fibres in a flame and heat-resistant fabric may impact the fabric’s performance.
Nomex® for Performance Durability
Garments made of Nomex® fibre have helped protect firefighters for decades. Continuous exhaustive testing proves that they excel in the long-term retention of their heat and flame protective qualities.
Nomex® for Lower Wear-Life Cost
Today’s firefighters need to be able to optimise budget vs. performance, without compromising on safety. For decades DuPont™ Nomex® fibre has demonstrated lasting protective performance, while helping to minimise repair and maintenance costs.
Nomex® for Heat Stress Protection
Heat stress is a dangerous condition in any situation, but for firefighters it can be especially life threatening. In fact, heat stress is the number-one cause of casualties among firefighters. Nomex® fibre helps reduce heat stress due to its higher air permeability.
Nomex® for Extra Seconds of Safety
Extensive testing shows that Nomex® fibre has remarkably low heat transfer. Under flash fire conditions, it helps provide firefighters valuable extra seconds of safety when they’re needed most.
Gatwick Airport Fire & Rescue Service Chooses DuPont™ Nomex®
With employee safety a top priority, Gatwick Airport Fire & Rescue Service has now invested in new turn out gear made from DuPont™ Nomex® that allows firefighters to work safely and effectively in hazardous environments.
USES AND APPLICATIONS
Turnout Gear – The First Line of Defence
Firefighters around the world choose garments made of Nomex® for protection, durability, cost efficiency and comfort from the inside out.