The Importance of Wearing Alternative Firefighting PPE

April 28, 2021 by
The Importance of Wearing Alternative Firefighting PPE
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How Wearing Alternative PPE Can Protect You    

Why should one set of turnouts be the only option for every emergency you respond to? 

It’s important to consider that structural firefighting PPE is designed specifically to protect you from the thermal hazards of interior structural firefighting. Donning structural gear on non-fire emergencies can cause unnecessary stress on the body while contributing to repeated exposure to contaminants. With many fire departments experiencing a high volume of non-fire calls, wearing an alternative garment can increase the lifespan of your turnout gear while reducing cross-contamination within the community and amongst your crew members. 

Wearing The Right Gear For The Right Call

As the community you serve continues to change and develop, you need the right gear to meet the demands of your job. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that fire calls have dropped by 23.8% between 1980-2016, and EMS calls increased 17.8%!

Below are two examples where structural firefighting PPE is not needed: 

  1. EMS Calls - Choosing to forgo your turnout gear when entering a patient’s home provides civilian protection against the spread of contaminants while reducing heat stress amongst your crew members. 
  2. Wildland Firefighting - The added weight of turnout gear along with the increased chances of heat related injuries, can become a hindrance when engaging in wildland firefighting. Instead, choose a lightweight, breathable garment that meets the demand of your job! 

Alternative PPE offers the right protection and versatility for the toughest non-fire calls while identifying you as an emergency worker when on scene. Use this garment on the following emergencies:

 Emergencies suitable for Alternative PPE

Alternative PPE is also an option for non-interior firefighters or department engineers on structural firefighting calls. If there are crew members who don’t need to enter a fire, save money and tackle heat stress by putting them in this type of garment. 

Get MORE With Alternative PPE 

Our TECGEN51 Fatigues are the best choice for your department’s alternative PPE needs because after 11 years of quality performance in the field, they have been perfected to be used for the most versatile calls! 👏

Dual-certified to NFPA 1951 (technical rescue) and 1977 (wildland firefighting), our TECGEN51 Fatigues can reduce physical stress and fatigue by requiring less cardiovascular effort than structural firefighting gear. This garment also possesses high levels of thermal protection and incredible breathability, making it the perfect alternative garment.

TECGEN51 Fatigues Deluxe Model
TECGEN51 Fatigues Deluxe Model

From the sleek design made to flow with your every movement to the advanced options built for functionality, choose between our standard or deluxe models. Each model is made with our exclusive TECGEN51+ fabric designed to provide optimal strength, breathability, and thermal protection for all non-fire-related calls.  

You can upgrade your gear today by bundling The Interceptor Package with TECGEN51 Fatigues to receive up to a 30% discount per firefighter! 

This article was originally published on Fire-Dex's blog