RedZone™ Now the Only UL-Verified Particulate-Blocking Firefighter Turnout Gear

DAYTON, OH—LION is taking action to increase the protection of firefighters by testing its RedZone turnout gear with Underwriters Laboratories (UL) to NFPA 1971, Standard on Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting, requirements for protection from liquid and particulate contaminants. UL verification is an objective, science-based assessment.

As verified by UL, RedZone is now the only particulate blocking firefighter turnout gear proven to have no ingress at the turnout coat, pant, glove, boot interfaces and closure points, giving firefighters another layer of protection against hazardous particulates contained in smoke and soot. Additionally, RedZone performs consistently with existing turnout standards for heat stress management and mobility, requires no change in the donning/doffing process, and is compliant with NFPA 1971 (2018 ed.).

Developed in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and the North Carolina State University Textile Protection and Comfort Center (TPACC) as part of the Dayton, Ohio-based PPE company’s overall contaminant control effort, LION RedZone is specifically designed to reduce exposure of potentially dangerous particulates into garments worn by firefighters. The firefighters’ new PPE is also designed to provide the same level of fit, comfort and mobility as LION’s high-performance V-Force® turnout gear but includes enhanced protection from exposure at key interface areas in the core, wrist and lower body.

“We are very proud of our work to address the issue of cancer in the fire service by increasing the protection of first responders against carcinogens and harmful particulates, as well as increasing awareness and advocating for their safety,” said Mark Smith, senior vice president of LION Americas. “This mission is at the core of everything we do. From offering ‘cleaner’, safer training solutions; proper, verified independent service provider (ISP) gear cleaning and repair; and RedZone personal protective equipment, LION is poised to be there for the industry to supply solutions that are focused on the overall safety and health of those who risk their lives to protect us every day.”

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