Waubridge and Southcombe have teamed up to create two new models of firefighting gloves: Firemaster Ultra and Firemaster IV.
Thorogood and Vibram have teamed up to create a new lightweight fireboot with high traction under extreme conditions.
Cosmas has developed three new boots for firefighters: the Hercules Hotshot for wildland firefighting; the Vulcan for structural firefighting; and the Helios station boot.
Makers of personal protective equipment (PPE) say they are highly responsive to firefighters when it comes to designing gear that works on the fire ground and offers maximum safety.
Bullard is introducing an online training program for fire service and law enforcement professionals who buy its thermal imagers.
MSA has developed a new Defender Visor for modern-style Cairns helmets to deliver convenient eye protection.
The deaths of six Worcester (Mass.) firefighters in an inferno at a vacant six-story warehouse on Dec. 3, 1999, generated a pledge from faculty in the electrical and computer engineering department at Worcester Polytechnic Institute to apply their expertise to develop a system to find firefighters in similar hazardous situations.
This spring a number of fabric makers and manufacturers of turnout gear announced advancements in their products, many modified to reduce the weight of personal protective equipment, including CBRN garments.
Bullard has upgraded its industry-leading Wildfire helmet and re-designed the LT Series and USRX Series helmets, offering users superior comfort in helmet protection, according to the company.
Bullard has developed a new thermal imager with improved resolution called the T320TM. The new imager offers the value of a Bullard T3 series and improved 320 x 240 resolution.