Watching Over Our Bravest With Firefighter Protection
When you have mere seconds to make decisions in a hazardous environment, you don’t have time to second-guess your safety equipment and apparel. DuPont works with industry to help them answer the call with reliable firefighter protection solutions.
Fires are unpredictable and can spread quickly. And when it comes to fighting them, every second counts. So for those who rush to our aid without the slightest hesitation, there’s the firefighter protection — like turnout gear, stationwear and protective accessories — made with DuPont™ Nomex® fiber and Kevlar® fiber that DuPont is known for.
For over 40 years, we’ve helped protect firefighters and other first responders with Nomex® and Kevlar® brand fibers. Together, these innovative fibers have become some of the most trusted materials for thermal protective gear. In fact, up to 70% of turnout gear's thermal protection comes from the inner components made of DuPont™ Nomex® and Kevlar® fiber.
Because firefighters risk their lives to save others, we make it our mission to understand their safety needs. We respect their community and work hard every day to provide materials, develop next-generation materials, foster innovation, and forge new research relationships to help them shape the future of fire safety. Most of all, we work to help ensure that firefighters — and their families — feel secure against the hazards they face on the job.
PRODUCT AND SERVICE LINES
- Flame Resistant Clothing
DuPont collaborates with manufacturers and designers to innovate with performance fibers, including Kevlar®, Nomex®, and those made with Sorona® to develop solutions including those that protect our protectors and lower our carbon footprint.
Whenever workers need superior cut protection, the cut- and fire- resistant properties of Kevlar® fiber fill that need.
For workers in potentially dangerous conditions, protective fabrics and apparel from DuPont can help protect from chemicals, dirt and grime and hazardous substances.
USES AND APPLICATIONS
Firefighter Gear & Turnout Gear
For a trusted source of protection, firefighters look for turnout gear made of Nomex® and Kevlar® fibers.
INFORMATION & IDEAS
- Lab Safety at University of California
Thermal Regulations Overview
DuPont offers an overview of the typical regulation hazard codes and the leading thermal regulations impacting personal protective equipment (PPE).
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NFPA 2113 Overview
NFPA 2113 specifies the minimum selection, care, use, and maintenance requirements for flame-resistant garments for use by industrial personnel in areas at risk from flash fires or short-duration flame exposure that are compliant with NFPA 2112.
NFPA 2112 Overview
NFPA 2112, the standard on flame-resistant garments for protection of industrial personnel against flash fire, provides minimum requirements for the design, construction, evaluation, and certification of flame-resistant garments for use by industrial personnel.
NESC® C2 Overview
NESC® C2 sets best practices and rules to protect utility workers in the construction, maintenance, and operation of electric supply and communication lines and equipment.
NFPA 70E® Electric Arc
The NFPA 70E® electric arc flash standard addresses electrical safety–related work practices for employee workplaces that are necessary for the practical safeguarding of employees relative to the hazards associated with electrical energy during activities such as the installation, inspection, operation, maintenance, and demolition of electric conductors, electric equipment, signaling and communications conductors and equipment, and raceways.
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