Firefighter Gear — The First Line of Defense
Nomex® and Kevlar® fibers can be found in most firefighter gear. Together, these innovative fibers help provide proven protection, durability, and comfort from the inside out.
Firefighters have a heavy load to bear — their turnout gear shouldn’t add to it. So DuPont fibers 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 them get the job done without getting in the way of mobility.
We do this with science-based innovations such as Nomex® and Kevlar® brand fibers, and constantly research unique ways they can be used to help improve protection. Unlike other materials and fibers available, gear and accessories made with Nomex® fiber are inherently flame-resistant and won’t melt, drip, or support combustion in the air. And the thermal protection offered by Nomex® is permanent — its superior flame resistance cannot be washed out or worn away. Kevlar® helps manufacturers enhance the overall durability and strength of lightweight turnout gear outer-shell-and-thermal-liner systems. It is five times stronger than steel on an equal weight basis, yet is lightweight, comfortable, and thermally protective.
Both of these innovative fibers are found in each layer of most turnout gear for ultimate protection:
The Outer Shell
DuPont™ Nomex® and Kevlar® fibers are engineered together and sometimes with other high-temperature fibers to form materials that help stand up to heat, stay strong, and protect the inner components. Kevlar® filament is engineered into premium fabrics to help reduce fabric profile while strengthening fabrics to new levels of performance. Durable DuPont™ Teflon® HT water repellent treatments help keep the gear lighter and prevent water from compromising valuable air layers that provide the bulk of the garments' thermal insulation.
The Moisture Barrier
Fabrics made of Nomex® fiber and DuPont™ Nomex® E89™ non-wovens help the most trusted and reliable moisture barrier manufacturers provide strong flame-resistant substrates for their liquid-impermeable films. The moisture barrier helps protect against the intrusion of water, chemicals, and viral agents. These barriers are also breathable, which allows metabolic heat to escape and helps reduce the overall heat stress during strenuous activities.
The Thermal Liners
Nomex® and Kevlar® fiber batts and Nomex® E89™ non-wovens are combined with face cloths made with Nomex® and Kevlar® fiber to help provide durable, flexible, heat-insulating components. Thermal liners made with multi-layer Nomex® E89™ non-wovens are among the thinnest, most flexible, most breathable components on the market. Face cloths using Kevlar® filament yarns help reduce surface friction, improving overall garment mobility. Water-wicking or -repellent finishes on individual layers improve moisture management and reduce garment-drying time.
Teflon® is a registered trademark of DuPont
By working with garment manufacturers and firefighters, DuPont develops innovations that help improve firefighter safety with enhanced thermal protection at higher temperatures.
DUPONT PRODUCTS & SERVICES
- Nomex® & Kevlar® Firefighter Apparel
- Stationwear Made with Nomex®
DuPont™ Nomex® fibers are heat- and flame-resistant, and are used in protective fabrics, garments, insulation, and other high-performance applications to help provide protection to millions of people and processes worldwide.
- Nomex® Racing Protection
Firefighter Apparel made with Nomex®
Firefighters around the world choose firefighter apparel made with Nomex® fiber for its superior flame resistance and heat and heat stress protection that can’t be washed out or worn away.
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
Dupont celebrates 50th Anniversary of the iconic brand, Kevlar®, at Interschutz 2015
DuPont Protection Technologies celebrates the 50th anniversary of its advanced, high strength fiber for ballistic and cut protection; Kevlar® at Interschutz 2015.
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™ Thermo-Man® in Flash Fire Demonstrations
Thermo-Man® is a life-size mannequin equipped with 122 heat sensors, which is dressed in test garments and then totally engulfed into flames generated by propane gas burners.
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 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.
- CNN profiles Nomex® and a Formula I racing suit