Field Repair Guidelines for Protective Clothing

Most importantly, you should refer to NFPA 1851, Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting in order to ensure that repairs are being made in a manner that will not adversely affect the integrity and purpose of the garment.

What follows is a brief synopsis of some of the recommended guidelines for the most basic of field repairs.

  • Use the proper thread; Globe currently uses NOMEX® thread on all FR gear.
  • All repairs/alterations should be made using materials that are consistent with the information on the content label (e.g., we would not use a NOMEX® fabric for a repair to a PBI® garment).
  • The 1997 edition of NFPA 1971, and each successive revision since then, has required that all components, including but not limited to letters, department emblems, reinforcements, etc. be subjected to flame and heat tests at the minimum, and so any and all materials used in field repairs must have been third-party tested.
  • All repairs/alterations should be performed using the same seam types and stitches per inch (e.g., all pockets on Globe garments are installed with two rows of stitching; structural seams always contain 8–10 stitches per inch).
  • All stress areas should be reinforced, generally using a bartack.
  • You must never stitch through the moisture barrier and/or thermal liner. Given the very stringent requirements for Advanced Repairs included in NFPA 1851, we absolutely do not recommend any alterations or repairs to the moisture barrier or thermal liner be attempted by anyone other than the manufacturer, a verified ISP, or a verified organization.
  • Whenever repairs/alterations are made to a garment that result in covering up any trim, an equal amount of trim has to be added (e.g., when you install a patch pocket at the hem and cover trim, the pocket needs to have trim across it).
  • When you are taking apart a section of a garment, such as the sleeve, you must always put it back together exactly as it was when it left the factory.
  • If in doubt as to whether a field repair is acceptable or possible, or if the integrity of the garment will be compromised in any way, do not proceed without contacting the manufacturer.

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