WORKER FIRE SUIT
FIRE FIGHTING SUIT IN PAKISTAN
as we all know that fire fighting is not an easy task, it is a very risky and stressful job. Firefighters face different challenges (stress, time constraint). Firefighters are the most respectable member of our community. The fire workers are indispensable foot soldiers here at home. They save the lives of millions of people and are frontline workers. Fire men help put out fires so our houses, other buildings, and land don’t burn down.
They put their lives in danger to protect us and to secure our homes and assets. When they put their lives at risk, we should also think about their protection. They must have some personal protective equipment with them to prevent fire damage.
A fire fighting suit is the most important protective tool for firefighters to save them from the extreme level of heat. A fire fighting suit is also known as a fire proximity suit and is designed to protect firefighters or volcanologists from both flames and intense radiant heat. The fire fighting suit saves the firefighters by absorbing the heat and reduces the impact of external heat to the inside of the body. It enables firefighters to enter a fire for short periods in order to perform specific high-risk fire fighting and fire rescue operations. They are also used in industrial applications to protect against extremely high temperatures
.Fire Fighting Suit Material
A fire fighting suit is made from the material that absorbs the heat and protects the wearer from the heat. The commonly used material for firefighting is Nomex asbestos fabric, current models use vacuum-deposited aluminized materials.
Now the question is “How does firefighter suit work?”
There are basically three layers of the suit. Each layer performs its function to keep the firefighter secure.
1. The Outer Layer:
The outer shell is the durable component of the fire suit. The outer layer is a hard shell and is made from Nomex and kelver. This layer has a very high thermal degradation temperature and serves to protect the wearer physically from the direct effects of the environment (flames, smoke, and heat).
It protects the wearer from heat and flames. It also provides protection against abrasion, cuts, and lacerations. The suit protects the firefighters from chemicals and smoke.
2. Moisture Barrier:
The moisture barrier is the second layer of a fire fighting suit. Its main function is to provide protection against the penetration of water and certain chemicals. It prevents the firefighter from getting burned by hot steam and simultaneously provide breath ability and insulation to allow the firefighter to cool off by sweating, and therefore, the overall level of comfort and protection for the wearer.
3.The Thermal Barrier:
This is the innermost layer of the fire suit and it plays a very crucial role in protection. It is made from Kevlar-based fibers woven into the material. This layer blocks flames from entering inside. It can absorb three-quarters of fire heat. It can block the temperature ranges from 400-800 degrees Celsius. This layer also protects the moisture barrier from the damages coming from the inside part of the garment. A slick liner will provide a perceived sense of comfort as the wearer won’t need to fight with the undergarments to put on or move in the suit.
Fire Fighting Suit Cabinet
A fire fighting suit cabinet is a steel box that can be mounted at any place. The cabinet is basically the storage area for the fire fighting suit. It is simple, lightweight, and requires small storage space. The fire suit cabinet protects the fire fighting suit from dirt, rubbish, and theft. It includes a door made of glass tempered ¼. The handles are made from aluminum with a hanging rod on the left side two 2 fixed shelves on the right side powder coated.
Fire Fighting Suit Types
Fire fighting suits are of different types. These types are as following:
This suit contains 5 pieces overall, internally lined with wool fabric, provided with a pouch for breathing apparatus containment and protection. is Wide shape, frontal opening fastened by press-stud buttons covered by the flap. Elastication at sleeves and legs bottoms. Trousers are provided with adjustable braces and a waist adjuster.
Boots are outlined for maximum comfort, wearability and undress provided with frogs for adjustment and clinging. Soles made of high-temperature resistance material, internally covered by wool and in the outer part by 100% KEVLAR bouclette. Five fingers glove with a long cuff and split leather reinforcements on the palm.
The hood has a full shape and allows the use of a mask and . It is composed of an adjustable inner safety helmet according to UNI-EN 397 (-20°C / 440 Vac class) and a golden, antidazzle visor, thickness 5 mm. Elasticated armpit braces closed by press stud’s buttons are provided in three positions for hood proper setting. The overall is provided with carrying bag. The garment is manufactured in the absolute absence of asbestos fibers. The material of the outer layer is aluminized FIRETEX fiberglass fabric and lined with a wool fabric granting comfort during the intervention.
The overall is a 3rd category safety equipment and CE approved on the base of EN 1486 Type 2 standards as proximity specialized fire-fighting suit.
2. Fire Resistant Suit:
The material of the outer layer of the fire-resistant suit is The material of the second layer is ProTect Aramid Knitted fabric. The fourth layer is made of 100% FR woven cotton fabric with a sweat-absorbent finish. The two parts of the jackets of the are attached with stainless snap stud buttons. FRT Velcro neck protector® III-A knitted wrist grips. Three loops for fall protection belt of Fire Resistant suit. Radio hanging loop. Adjustable cuff with FR Velcro. It has two covered pockets on the left side, two front pockets at the downside flap, and high visible FR reflector tapes.
The trouser of the suit has 2 back pockets with snap buttons of the flame retardant suit. The Waist can be adjustable with postman buckles. Fly holding in auto-lock hook with snap buttons on the downside. It also has Reflector tape at the bottom knee on the inner side of the flame retardant suit.
A fire suit is a common piece of firefighting equipment. is made out of -A. The suite consists of a coat, pants, Nomex hood, firefighter helmet, firefighter boots & firefighter gloves. on the top of the firefighter head mask is the suit hood. The hood protects the portions of the head not covered by the helmet and face mask from the intense heat of the fire. The suits can withstand up to 1,000-degree heat and are up to three times lighter than typical turnout gear. This suit requires low maintenance and has a longer service life. The suit is CE EN 469/ EN 340 approved.