Firefighter Protection

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.

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PRODUCT AND SERVICE LINES

  • Thermal Protective Apparel & Accessories

  • Fibers

    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.

  • Industrial fabrics

    For workers in potentially dangerous conditions, protective fabrics and apparel from DuPont can help protect from chemicals, dirt and grime and hazardous substances.

  • Cut Protection

    Whenever workers need superior cut protection, the cut- and fire- resistant properties of Kevlar® fiber fill that need.

USES AND APPLICATIONS

INFORMATION & IDEAS

  • Thermal Regulations Overview

    DuPont offers an overview of the typical regulation hazard codes and the leading thermal regulations impacting personal protective equipment (PPE).

  • 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 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.

  • Comfort & Heat Stress

    For maximum protection against fires, the body must be covered as completely as possible with flame-resistant protective clothing. This requires long pants and long sleeves, making for hot work in warm and humid climates. Understandably, industrial workers may be concerned about potential heat stress when wearing protective apparel. Learn more about the factors that can lead to heat stress, and how DuPont brands can help offer comfort and protection in protective garments.

  • 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.

  • DuPont and Government Collaboration

    DuPont government collaboration connects local and federal institutions with DuPont engineers and scientists, helping to create hundreds of protection, energy, and food solutions. Read about our deep history and how we continue to work alongside the U.S. government to help make the world a safer place.

  • What Keeps You Safe?

    “What Keeps You Safe?” PPE videos from DuPont show how heroes in firefighting, military, law enforcement, and emergency response rely on DuPont invention and innovation.

  • Durability and Lifecycle of DuPont™ Nomex®

    Durable, inherently fire-resistant Nomex® fiber has an excellent wear life and helps contribute to bottom-line savings.

  • New Kevlar® Plant at Cooper River

    The new plant near Charleston, South Carolina, together with our other global assets, helps DuPont meet strong and growing global demand for Kevlar®.

  • DuPont™ Kevlar® Innovation Awards

    The DuPont™ Kevlar® Innovation Awards recognized DuPont customers’ ingenuity through products and services that incorporated new ideas, methods, technologies, or applications for Kevlar®.

  • IACP/DuPont™ Kevlar® Survivors’ Club®

    The International Association of Chiefs of Police and DuPont started the IACP/DuPont™ Kevlar® Survivors' Club® in 1987. Read about some of the lives personal body armor has saved or search our database of police report excerpts that illustrate some of the amazing ways body armor made the difference between life and death.