NFPA-certified turnout gear consists of a three-layer ensemble made up of an outer shell, moisture barrier, and thermal liner with each layer performing a critical function. These fabrics in turn are constructed from inherently flame-resistant fiber blends which impart a variety of attributes including break-open resistance, flexibility, weight, strength, abrasion resistance, and durability.

Rescue Gear is designed for everyday and technical rescue use in conditions where structural fire isn't present. Consequently, they do not need a thermal liner and can be less bulky and lighter weight overall.

Check out the links below to learn more about these materials or go to Selecting Your Gear – Learning About Materials for a detailed discussion.

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