Safety Components - Ask the Experts

With over 100 years of textile manufacturing experience, Safety Components is the world's technology leader and one of
the world's leading producers of firefighting fabrics. Safety Components is dedicated to engineering protective fabrics for first
responders with special attention to comfort, protection, mobility and durability. Safety Components quest is for improvements
in flame resistant fabric technology has led to a complete line of fabrics for outer shells, thermal liners and other fire resistant
materials for boots, SCBA's, gloves and helmets. So who better to provide the answers and insights into todays most innovative
thermal protective fabrics and technologies.

Thinking About Switching to Black Turnout Gear? Pt. 2
Earlier this year we wrote a blog to promote awareness and educate fire
departments thinking about switching from a gold or lighter colored outer shell
to a black outer shell; many departments who make the switch aren’t prepared
for the color changes that occur. The purpose of the blog wasn’t meant to
promote switching to a black outer shell nor suggest that departments don’t...
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Switching to Black Turnout Gear? Pt. 2 - Ask the Experts

Flame Resistant Base Layers
A hot topic being discussed these days is the idea of fire departments adopting
flame resistant base layer garments to replace 100% cotton t-shirts or polyester
t-shirts. The US Military has already gone through similar evaluations and found

inherently flame resistant knits like Sigma™ as the optimum fabric for flame
resistant base layers. Explored below are a few reasons why your...
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Flame Resistant Base Layers - Ask the Experts

Risk Assessment: Selecting PPE
While risk assessments aren't anything new, they also aren't exactly commonplace
with the majority of fire departments in North America. As fire departments
become more educated on the benefits of doing a risk assessment and the
liability involved in not doing one, expect to hear the buzzword "risk assessment"
more and more when new personal protective equipment (PPE) purchases...
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Risk Assessment: Selecting PPE - Ask the Experts

FDIC 2014: FTT Makes a Statement
One concept relatively new to fire service PPE, but gaining traction as a
proven outer shell fabric technology is Filament Twill Technology™. PBI Max™
by Safety Components was launched as the first outer shell featuring Filament
Twill Technology at FDIC in 2012. In 2014, an additional outer shell fabric
utilizing Filament Twill Technology was introduced—Armor AP™...
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FDIC 2014: FTT Makes a Statement - Ask the Experts

High Performance Thermal Liners
A firefighter’s turnout gear is made from multiple layers of high performance
materials to protect from a range of physical, thermal, and liquid hazards.
The layer that is closest to the skin, the thermal liner, consists of a face
cloth quilted to batting material. The thermal liner provides a little more than
50% of the thermal insulation (thermal protective performance - TPP) and...
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High Performance Thermal Liners - Ask the Experts

Which Outer Shell Fabric is the Most Durable?
...It depends. It depends on who you ask and it depends on how you store and
care for your turnout gear. There are three primary categories of performance

that all outer shells share: protection, comfort, and durability. Within these
three categories are subsets of performance. For example, within the protection
category there are factors like Thermal Protective Performance (TPP)...
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Most Durable Outer Shell? - Ask the Experts

Thinking About Swtiching to Black Turnout Gear?
More times than not, fire departments making a switch to a black outer shell
become disappointed when the fabric changes color. It doesn't matter which
black textile fabric is specified and it doesn't matter which garment manufacture
makes the gear, the color changes in black outer shells are going to occur and

the fire department needs to be prepared for those color changes before...
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Switching to Black Turnout Gear? - Ask the Experts

More Comfort Equals More Safety
It's true: PPE enhances safety ONLY when it’s worn the way it was designed to
be worn. There are times when PPE isn’t worn as it should because the user
isn’t properly trained; other times it isn’t worn correctly because the user is
trying to make uncomfortable PPE more comfortable. Fire department PPE
committees are tasked with thoroughly researching new technologies and...
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More Comfort Equals More Safety - Ask the Experts

DWR Finish
Water can be a firefighter’s best friend when used to extinguish fires that threaten
the health and safety of first responders and the community. Water can be a
firefighter’s worst enemy when a high percentage of water is absorbed into turnout
gear materials causing increased heat stress (additional weight) and increased
risk of burns (steam/compression).
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DWR Finish - Ask the Experts

Fibrillation
Once they are put into service, all para-aramid rich fabrics undergo some level
of appearance change, typically caused by fibrillation or oxidation. Fibrillation and
oxidation are common to all outer shells and thermal liners rich with para-aramid
fiber. It is important to understand the affects of fibrillation and oxidation to gain
realistic expectations on fabric appearance, durability, and performance.
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Fibrillation - Ask the Experts