Safety, comfort and value were the buzzwords used by manufacturers to showcase innovations in personal protective equipment during the past year, and further advances are expected in 2010.
Alan Schierenbeck, the vice president of market development for Total Fire Group/Morning Pride, has a story he relates to officials considering what to buy for emergency medical and technical rescue gear.
Rescue 42, Inc. has developed a new product designed by firefighters for firefighters, the McLaski Wildland Combination Tool.
More than 90 percent of firefighters polled at the Fire Department Instructors Conference this spring said Fire-Dex FX Gear has better dexterity than their current gear.
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.
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.
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.