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® & Kevla® Firefighter Apparel
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.
- Stationwear Made with Nomex®
- Nomex® Racing Protection
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.
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®.
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.
INFORMATION & IDEAS
A collaborative approach to Fire and Rescue Services
The first of April 2013 saw the biggest shake up in fire and rescue services in the UK since the Second World War. The transition from eight Scottish regional services into one was the culmination of more than a year of exceptionally hard work from fire and rescue service personnel across Scotland.
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.
"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.
Protection in Action with Dupont™ Nomex® 3DP Fabric
Nomex® 3DP outer shell fabric from DuPont; will be on display on the DuPont booth at Interschutz 2015
"DuPont unveils single layer, triple-threat protection garment Tychem® ThermoPro at Interschutz 2015"
DuPont™ Tychem® ThermoPro offers firefighters, and those involved in the emergency response to chemical incidents with a risk of flash fire, a new form of protection that combines the chemical protection of DuPont™ Tychem® fabric and flame and arc flash protection of Nomex® fiber in a single garment.
Dupont™ Nomex® Garment Innovation Awards Bring Innovation to the Forefront at Interschutz 2015
DuPont Protection Technologies will showcase the winners of the DuPont™ Nomex® Innovation Award at this year’s Interschutz show
DuPont Launches Online Nomex® Garment Catalogue
Recognising that today’s customers are always looking for quick, simple and convenient solutions, DuPont has launched its new Online Nomex® Garment Catalogue – a dedicated site that showcases a complete range of garments containing Nomex®.
DuPont launches next-generation multi-hazard protection: Nomex® MHP
With a global reputation for innovation and development in inherent, multi-hazard protection for a variety of thermal hazards, DuPont has announced the launch of the new Nomex® MHP fabric – Multi-Hazard Protection. It represents the next-generation of protection against heat and flame, arc flash and small molten metal splashes for industrial areas.
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® Moisture Management Benefits
Fabrics and garments made of DuPont™ Nomex® help enable light-weight solutions with excellent moisture management.
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.