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With this latest round of awards, 121 departments in need have received a total of 559 sets of turnout gear since 2012.
October 27, 2020: See how TenCate Protective Fabrics is engineering products tuned to the specialized wants and needs of real end-users.
NFPA: Fire Protection Research Foundation Receives Grants to Study Fire Investigator PPE and Transition...
“By evaluating the performance of currently-fielded investigator PPE and decontamination methods, as well as the modern and anticipated issues related to firefighting foam operations, we will not only inform the fire service but the standards development process.”
In 2020, 13 departments will each receive four new sets of turnout gear and four new helmets to help enhance the safety of their firefighters.
While new PPE designs and the effect of laundering on those fabrics has been evaluated through laboratory testing, there are still concerns around the lack of full garment protection.
There is a wealth of published evidence out there that PFAS are insidious toxins in many ways, and their use to make turnout gear waterproof should be re- examined.