Fire-Dex Turnout Gear
Fire-Dex Introduces New H41 Interceptor™ with DuPont™ Nomex® Nano-Flex Technology to Protect Firefighters from Hazardous Particles
Medina, Ohio – April 20th, 2016 – Fire-Dex has launched a new NFPA 1971 compliant hood, the H41 Interceptor™, designed to keep potentially carcinogenic particulates and other harmful contaminants off of firefighters’ jaws, faces, and necks; areas identified as highly absorptive and more permeable than other areas of skin(1), and are likely not getting enough protection from hazardous particles with the FR knit hood technology that is currently available(2).
The development of this hood was inspired by the reports referenced above; the Firefighter Cancer Support Network Report(1) and the FAST Test Report, Commissioned by the IAFF(2). The first report stated that firefighters have a “significantly increased risk… for a number of cancers, including multiple myeloma, nonHodgkin’s lymphoma and prostate and testicular cancer” (1). This report also discussed that soot and smoke particles readily absorb and hold liquid and gaseous chemicals, that “soot has ultrafine particles that… [are] also absorbed through the skin traveling to most organs including the brain”(1), and that skin adsorption rate increases 400% with every 5°F increase in skin temperature. (1) The FAST Test Report demonstrated that particles at 2.5 micron size penetrated the standard FR knit hood (soot and smoke particles are usually 1 micron or less) and left a concentrated, heavy deposit on the subject’s neck, cheeks, ears and jaw.
The H41 Interceptor™ was developed in collaboration with DuPont™, utilizing their revolutionary new material, DuPont™ Nomex® Nano-Flex, that can block fine particulates almost as well as an impermeable membrane. Unlike FR moisture barrier membranes however, this new lightweight (0.8oz/yd2), “barely-there” material is actually completely breathable; Nomex® Nano-Flex is a non-woven, web technology, made of submicron continuous fibers. The H41 Interceptor™ is constructed with Nomex® Nano-Flex sewn between two layers of 6.0oz/yd2 PBI®/Lenzing to provide the maximum performance for particle barrier filtration, comfort, breathability, thermal protection and protection in flashover condition. The H41 Interceptor™ is patterned to protect the integrity of the filtration system and uniquely designed to promote easy donning and doffing from the stowed position to the SCBA face piece channel.
The H41 Interceptor™ blocks 95% of particulates at .2 micron in size or larger. For perspective, there are 25,4000 microns in one inch and a human hair is about 75-100 microns wide, so a .2 micron particulate is about 500x smaller than a strand of hair. Testing has shown that the particulates sized at less than .2 microns don’t have enough mass to make it through the double layer knit and the Nomex® Nano-Flex; essentially meaning that this hood blocks 100% of particulates less than .2 microns.
This chart demonstrates the remarkable difference in particulate blockage from a standard FR Knit Hood to an FR Knit Hood with Nomex® Nano-Flex (measuring from 0.5 – 0.2 microns).
The air permeability of the Nomex® Nano-Flex is far superior to all FR moisture barrier films that others are offering. Standard FR moisture barriers are a necessity in turnout gear, where gear can often get wet and such a membrane is necessary to prevent steam burns. With bare skin being against the hood, and with the head and face generating considerably more sweat than most other areas of the body, breathability is an absolute must. Using Nomex® Nano-Flex instead of a standard FR moisture barrier greatly reduces the potential for heat stress.
The H41 Interceptor™ is available for order immediately and can be purchased from an authorized Fire-Dex Distributor.
(1) “Taking Action Against Cancer in the Fire Service”, Firefighter Cancer Support Network, August 2015
(2) Fluorescent Aerosol Screening Test (FAST) Test Report, Commissioned by the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF), conducted by Research Testing Institute (RTI), January 2015
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Firefighter fitness is a popular topic and discussion for the fire industry. The New Brunswick, NJ fire department was recently featured on a Fox News affiliate in NYC featuring their firefighting fitness program, 555 Fitness, that is useful for firefighters and, basically, everyone. And, this group recently took delivery of 90 Fire-Dex ensembles and helmets.
This year, in celebration of the 12 Days of Fire-Dex, we are highlighting each of our sales territories across the United States and beyond.
Our Day 3 stop is Territory T-30 or the Great Lakes Territory managed by Regional Sales Manager Bruce Scheck. Bruce joined Fire-Dex in 2011 after selling turnout gear and serving as Sales Manager at a Fire-Dex dealer in Michigan. Since he had sold gear directly to fire departments in his region, he hit the ground running at Fire-Dex and has served his clients well because he understands their job’s needs and requirements.
Bruce is the proud father to triplets and has volunteered for his local Little League for many years, serving as league president for Parchment Little League for the last eight. Recently, he was voted by area leagues to the District Administrator position, which he assumed in October. In his words, “I do it for the community and for the love of the game. I will probably always be involved.”
Our culinary treat for Day 3 of the 12 Days of Fire-Dex will be sent from Powell, Ohio. The winner will receive Fire-Dex logo butter cookies from Sweet Tooth Cottage. This prize package also includes a Fire-Dex baseball hat and a Fire-Dex surprise! If you haven’t already entered, click here and input your information.
Contact Information for Bruce Scheck:
Regional Sales Manager- U.S & CAN Great Lakes Terriotry
(MI, OH, KY, WV, Western PA, ON, QC, NL, NB )
Cell: (269) 762-2172
Connect with Bruce on LinkedIn.
Featured Fire-Dex Dealers in this area:
Rockin’ around the #firedexnation…have a happy holiday!
Beginning on Monday, December 1st and continuing every day until Friday, December 12th, we will be giving away a daily prize for our 4th Annual 12 Days of Fire-Dex. The grand prize, a complete set of head to toe Fire-Dex gear will be awarded on Day 12. This year our theme is Rockin’ Around the Fire-Dex Nation: A Giveaway Salute to our Distributors. The daily prizes for days 1-7 will be a popular food item from each Fire-Dex region to be shared at your firehouse (or not).
To enter, click here and enter your information. You only have to enter your information once to be eligible for all remaining drawings AND you can do it at any time during the 12 days. For instance, if you forget or haven’t entered the drawing and it’s December 3rd, simply go to our Facebook page, or to our blog and sign up.
Here is the complete list of daily giveaways:
- December 1 – From Tony Moore’s region, Omaha Steaks 4 (5 oz) Bacon Wrapped Filet and one of our new Fire-Dex /Nomex® baseball hats.
- December 2 – From Allen Rom’s region, Savannah’s Candy Kitchen 1 Southern Pecan Pie and one of our new Fire-Dex /Nomex® baseball hats.
- December 3 – From Bruce Scheck’s region, Sweet Tooth Cottage 2 Dozen Fire-Dex Logo Butter Cookies and one of our new Fire-Dex /Nomex® baseball hats.
- December 4 – From Lance Matiste’s region, Edwards Petite Ham and Virginia Peanuts and one of our new Fire-Dex /Nomex® baseball hats.
- December 5 – From Bob Tharp’s region, Harry and David Northwest Basket and one of our new Fire-Dex / Nomex® baseball hats.
- December 6 – From Jeff Koledo’s region, Cousins Maine Lobsters – 2 LBS Live Maine Lobsters and one of our new Fire-Dex /Nomex® baseball hats.
- December 7 – From Tory King’s region, Aunt Sally’s Pralines – 12 count box and Cajun Crawfish – Seasoned Boiled Crawfish (15 LBS) and one of our new Fire-Dex /Nomex® baseball hats.
- December 8 – 1 Pair of Fire-Dex FDXL-100 Red Leather Fire Boots.
- December 9 – 1 Fire-Dex Nomex® fire hood, one helmet (model of choice) and one pair of FDXL-100 Red Leather Fire Boots.
- December 10 – 1 Set of Fire-Dex FXM Turnout Gear
- December 11 – 1 Set of Fire-Dex FXR Turnout Gear
- December 12 – Compete Set of Head to Toe Fire-Dex Gear, including one set of Fire-Dex turnout gear (model of choice), one Nomex® fire hood, one helmet (model of choice) and one pair of FDXL – 100 Red Leather Fire Boots.
Good luck and Happy Holidays from Fire-Dex!
These giveaways have been sponsored by DuPont. DuPont Nomex® and Kevlar® brand fibers provide superior strength, durability and thermal protection that stands up to the heat.
Bennie Mobley is what one might call an “Institution” in fire service. Bennie has served his customers in eastern North Carolina for nearly three decades, twenty-three of those years with C.W. Williams & Co.
Year after year Bennie is a leader at C.W.W. in Fire-Dex turnout gear sales. Bennie has also excelled in sales of Rosenbauer and before that, E-One trucks. His personal, folksy, but always professional approach to working with his customers has earned him the respect and friendship of many in fire service.
Bennie lives in beautiful Greenville, NC with his wife Diane. Bennie and Diane share their life away from fire service with their two sons and many friends.
Congratulations Bennie on being the Fire-Dex Sales Representative of the Month for June!
Fire-Dex introduces our newest in turnout gear, FXM. FXM combines traditional, proven performance characteristics with the latest in comfort features in a new, modern style platform.
FXM features a modern tapered hem coat that is longer in the back and shorter in front giving you maximum coverage where you need it, and just as importantly, less where you don’t. In addition, FXM incorporates the DexFlex™ knees and elbows that are pre-bent for more flexibility and freedom of movement. A seamless crotch gusset provides less restriction and more durability.