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by Greg Preston

Alta Defence manufacture modern turnout jackets and pants made of fire resistant fabrics (mainly Aramids such as Nomex and Kevlar) or polybenzimidazole (PBI). These special pants have 2 layers in them. The outside layer is made from a fire resistant material called Nomex. The inner layer is a waterproof material that keeps the firefighter dry. The yellow and silver stripe is a reflective strip that allows the firefighter to be seen in the dark.Modern turnout jackets and pants are made of fire resistant fabrics (mainly Aramids such as Nomex and Kevlar) or polybenzimidazole (PBI).
The traditional tools that firefighters are known for include, but are not limited to: fire axe, firehose, hydrant, ladder, and sledgehammer. The Personal Breathing Apparatus provides the firefighter with clean oxygen. It is made up of a high-pressure tank, a pressure regulator, and an inhalation connection.
Modern Apparels’ fire proximity suit is made of 16-ounce imported aluminized glass fiber fabric with dual mirror having 90 percent reflection of heat as an outer layer and with a woolen fabric lining. An additional vapor-barrier layer is also used for higher temperature.
The total weight of a firefighter’s PPE depends on the tools needed for the job, but basic PPE (helmet, hood, pants, coat, gloves, boots and air pack) weighs about 45 pounds. Add a thermal imaging camera, radio, box light and set of irons (Halligan bar and axe) and you’re up to about 75 pounds.
The excellent properties of Alta Defence Nomex® 410, which include high inherent dielectric strength, mechanical toughness, thermal stability, flexibility and resilience, is a standard by which all other insulating materials are compared. (2 mil to 30 mil), with specific gravities ranging from 0.72 g/cm2 to 1.1 g/cm2.

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