More Than 50,000 Sets of PPE with PBI Max in Service

Greenville, SC—Touted as the next generation of PBI outer shells after its introduction at FDIC 2012, PBI Max™ by Safety Components features the exclusive and patented Filament Twill Technology™. Filament Twill Technology incorporates battle-tested, maximum strength Kevlar® filament with superior flame resistant PBI/Kevlar® spun yarns. All this in a lightweight twill weave fabric, PBI Max  is the strongest, most flexible, and most comfortable outer shell ever created.

With more than 50,000 sets of PBI Max in service around the world, the list of fire departments and brigades who have made the switch includes Houston, TX; Philadelphia, PA; Pittsburgh, PA; San Diego, CA; Phoenix, AZ; San Francisco, CA; Long Beach, CA; Des Moines, IA; Tucson, AZ; Kansas City, MO; Wichita, KS; Honolulu, HI; Portland, OR; Seattle, WA; Mobile, AL; Montgomery, AL; Raleigh/Wake County, NC; Orange County, CA; Palm Beach County, FL; Cobb County, GA; Dekalb County, GA; and Broward County, FL. Outside of the United States, large cities such as Montreal, Canada, and São Paulo, Brazil have also converted.

One of the first fire departments in the United States to make the move to this new outer shell fabric was Baltimore City, MD. More than 900 Baltimore City firefighters have been donning turnout gear with black PBI Max outer shell for over two years. Turnout gear made with a PBI Max outer shell offers more flexibility with better heat and thermal protection than ever before. More importantly, this lighter weight gear aids Baltimore City firefighters in moving with less restriction and less stress as they do their part to respond to more than 270,000 emergencies annually.

Joey Underwood, vice president of sales and marketing, Safety Components, states, “At Safety Components, we listen to the fire service and devote every resource at our disposal to improving the performance of turnout gear with our outer shells and thermal liners. Our entire team would like to salute all the fire departments and brigades around the world for their service and dedication, as well as strategic fiber suppliers and garment manufacturers for their support and keen insight to the marketplace. Together they all play a vital role in our company’s ability to provide the ultimate in personal protective fabrics.”

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