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DuPont Makes Donation to National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

National Fallen Firefighters Memorial

DuPont Safety & Construction announced its donation as part of its donor partnership with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF). Through this Innovating to Protect, Donating to Honor campaign, DuPont donated more than $80,000 to the foundation.

Running October 2017 through December 2018, the donor partnership supports NFFF’s mission to honor fallen fire heroes and support their families. The donation is a result of the sales of thermal liners made with DuPont™ Nomex® Nano and hoods sold with Nomex® Nano Flex by authorized licensees.

“We are very appreciative to DuPont as the donation will have dual benefits. First, to the families of fallen firefighters, and secondly, to the firefighters who are protected by products made with Nomex®,” said Chief Ronald Jon Siarnicki, executive director, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. “It is so important that our joint efforts also will honor the memory of our fallen firefighters.”

Established by the U.S. Congress in 1992, the not-for-profit NFFF has led a nationwide effort to memorialize America’s fallen firefighters. Headquartered in Emmitsburg, Maryland, NFFF’s mission is to honor and remember America’s fallen fire heroes, to provide resources to assist their families in rebuilding their lives, and work within the fire service community to reduce firefighter deaths and injuries.

“We are honored to support the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) and proud that a portion of the proceeds of products made with DuPont™ Nomex® is being used to support those who bravely put their lives on the line,” said John Richard, Vice President and General Manager for DuPont™ Kevlar® and Nomex®. “This partnership with the NFFF has enabled us to not only show our gratitude to the men and women who protect our families, homes and communities from danger, but also directly supports the families that endure the tragedy of a line of duty death.”

DuPont™ Nomex® Nano and Nomex® Nano Flex are the next generation of solutions designed for use in flame resistant (FR) apparel and represent the future of firefighter turnout gear. Developed to address the threat of heat stress, which is now the cause of more firefighter injuries than any other single factor, a thermal liner made with Nomex® Nano can help reduce the weight and bulk of current turnout gear systems, helping provide firefighters with increased mobility for reduced heat stress. Nomex® Nano Flex helps make products like firefighter hoods more protective against particles without compromising comfort. The addition of Nomex® Nano Flex to a firefighter hood composite structure provides improved particle barrier protection in the neckline and upper jaw area that historically are known to be the most vulnerable and least protected.

To learn more about how DuPont and NFFF teamed up to innovate and protect, including specifics about the program, please visit http://www.nomex.com/nfff.