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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Flame resistant stationwear fabrics provide comfort and extreme durability, while boasting a lower ecological footprint than traditional polyester/cotton blends due to TENCEL™ Lyocell and/or Repreve® fibres.
Soft and breathable with superior moisture management properties, these fabrics continue to look good and perform well even after extensive (domestic or industrial) laundering.
To meet the demand for environmentally friendly stationwear fabrics, TenCate Protective Fabrics has developed Tecawork® Ecogreen. These stationwear fabrics are highly comfortable and 100% sustainable. The fabrics are made from TENCEL™ Lyocell fibres from sustainable sourced wood and mechanically recycled polyester from PET bottles.
Fighting fires is a tough job but when fires occur in the wilderness the challenges can multiply. TenCate Protective Fabrics assures wildland firefighters can have durable, comfortable FR fabrics for any occasion.
Our wildlands fabrics set the standard for wildland firefighting and we are a premier supplier of FR fabrics for the men and women who combat wildfires in the field.