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On the horizon: Is an “active thermal liner” in your PPE future?

By Battalion Chief Henry Costo, Philadelphia Fire Department — for LION Connects Historically in the fire service the measure of PPE quality and performance has been thermal stability. Materials such as PBI, Kevlar, Nomex, PBO, etc. were all developed to withstand changes during exposure to heat and flame. Indeed, most of the current standards-related testing has been designed to ascertain whether or not a fiber, fabric, composite, etc. possesses the required thermal stability. Recently, however, scientists at DuPont have taken a completely divergent approach to the issue of the thermal stability of turnout liner materials. They did so by inventing…

Selecting the right CBRN ensemble for the threat

HAZMAT teams aren’t the only ones to handle chemical/biological/radiological/nuclear (CBRN) incidents anymore. To protect yourself, you need to get informed — knowing which CBRN ensemble best meets the stresses of a CBRN  incident. Hot zone. This is the worst-case level: An immediate threat involving a substance of unidentified and unknown concentration Exposure to gas or vapor close to the point of release Victims are unconscious or dead Above Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health (IDLH) levels In these instances, your stay in the hazard zone with be short and you will have to breathe via the SCBA. The CRBN ensemble…

What your turnout gear and an NFL uniform have in common

Of course your turnout is designed to protect you from things such as extreme heat and blood borne pathogens. But how comfortable are you in it? These days, you should feel as swift, cool and mobile as Adrian Peterson. Okay, so we exaggerate a bit. But turnout manufacturers are taking turnout performance design seriously — and they’re turning to the NFL for lessons in seam placement and sleeve design. By moving turnout seams away from knee and crotch zones, manufacturers have increased your range of motion and mobility. Now consider the NFL jersey you throw on for game day. That same…