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Fire Service fabrics

Life on the line

Protect your brigade with the latest flame resistant fabric technology

From structural fires to road accidents, firefighters are exposed to a variety of hazards. Our Fire Service fabrics outfit your fire brigades with the most comfortable flame resistant protective clothing for every possible intervention.

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Turnout gear; understanding the layers of protection

A fire suit is more than just the navy or khaki fabric and reflective stripes we see at first glance. Let’s take a closer look at the protective gear which helps them navigate dangerous situations safely.

We like to peel back the layers that compose the onion-like assembly of a firefighting suit, and explain the unique function of each layer.

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The outer shell

As the external layer, the outer layer is the most durable component of the fire suit’s assembly. Among its main functions are:

  • Protection from heat and flames
  • Protection from external chemicals and water
  • Protection against abrasion, cuts and lacerations

Choose your outer shell

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The moisture barrier

The moisture barrier is the middle layer of the fire suit’s assembly. Its main function is to provide protection against the penetration of water, chemicals and bloodborne pathogens.

The moisture barrier also plays a crucial role in the breathability and insulation of the entire suit, and therefore, the overall level of comfort and protection for the wearer.

Choose your moisture barrier

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The thermal barrier

As the innermost layer, the thermal barrier plays a crucial role in the overall performance of the fire suit’s assembly. Its main properties are:

  • Providing insulation by creating air cushions and micro climate chambers within the garment to favour comfort and minimize heat stress.
  • Wicking moisture away from the body to increase wearer comfort.
  • Facilitating easy donning/doffing of the garment. A slick liner will provide a perceived sense of comfort as the wearer won’t need to fight with the undergarments in order to put on or move in the suit.
  • Protecting the moisture barrier from any damage coming from the inside part of the garment.

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Reinforcement

Reinforcement material has also been incorporated into the suit of a fire fighter. It is a high efficiency, durable protection fabric, which is designed specifically to reinforce areas of turnout gear receiving excessive wear, such as knees and elbows.

The reinforcement materials of TenCate Protective Fabrics have a lightweight construction and exceptional thermal resistance. This makes it an excellent alternative to traditional reinforcement products.

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Station wear

A firefighter is always outfitted in their stationwear uniform wearing it around the station, inside an office, and even while active attending a fire. This firefighter's uniform is also worn day in, day out and is laundered regularly seeing a high number of wash/dry cycles.

Are you looking for station wear fabrics? Contact one of our fire service specialists and they will be happy to help you to find the right solution exceeding the needs of your fire brigade.

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Wildland

Fighting fires is a tough job but when fires occur in the wilderness the challenges can multiply. Wildland firefighters face rugged terrain, hard labor and long hours. Facing down raging flames in the wild can mean serious hazards to life and limb and firefighters need to be confident in their protection.

 

When the situation gets critical, the last thing a firefighter needs to worry about is his protective outerwear. If you are looking for a wildland fabric which protects your firefighters in the harshest conditions with excellent levels of comfort, talk to one of our fire service experts, they will be happy to show you our options.

Ready to protect your brigade with the latest flame resistant technology?

Find out which protective fabric perfectly matches your protective requirements and comfort preferences! Our Fire Service experts can help you make a confident decision.