As a basic component of firefighter protective clothing, the requirements for flame retardant performance are particularly important. The emergence of meta-aramid fiber has enabled the upgrading of fire-fighting clothing. Allows firefighters to completely eliminate the cumbersome firefighting suits that only have leather, heavy wool and canvas, and achieve performance improvements from fabrics and linings.
At present, firefighter fire-fighting suits made of meta-aramid colored fibers have been used in various fire-fighting systems. The meta-aramid colored fibers are also equipped with armed police forest fire-fighting units.
Because of its excellent performance, meta-aramid is widely used in metallurgy, construction, shipbuilding, petroleum, chemical, forestry, fire protection, military and other fields, and has become the best choice for processing all kinds of special protective clothing.
Firefighters have a heavy load to bear — their turnout gear shouldn’t add to it. So Aramid fibers help manufacturers create fire resistant liners, outer shells, and accessories that not only stand up to the thermal hazards they may face, but also help them get the job done without getting in the way of mobility.
Unlike other materials and fibers available, gear and accessories made with meta aramid fiber are inherently flame-resistant and won’t melt, drip, or support combustion in the air. And the thermal protection off is permanent — its superior flame resistance cannot be washed out or worn away. Para aramid helps manufacturers enhance the overall durability and strength of lightweight turnout gear outer-shell-and-thermal-liner systems. It is five times stronger than steel on an equal weight basis, yet is lightweight, comfortable, and thermally protective.
Both of these innovative fibers are found in each layer of most turnout gear for ultimate protection:
Meta aramid and Para aramid fibers are engineered together and sometimes
with other high-temperature fibers to form materials that help stand
up to heat, stay strong, and protect the inner components. Para aramid
filament is engineered into premium fabrics to help reduce fabric
profile while strengthening fabrics to new levels of performance.
Fabrics made of meta aramid fiber and non-wovens help
the most trusted and reliable moisture barrier manufacturers provide
strong flame-resistant substrates for their liquid-impermeable films.
The moisture barrier helps protect against the intrusion of water,
chemicals, and viral agents. These barriers are also breathable, which
allows metabolic heat to escape and helps reduce the overall heat stress
during strenuous activities.
Meta aramid and Para aramid fiber batts and the meta aramid non-wovens are combined
with face cloths made with meta aramid and para aramid fiber to help provide
durable, flexible, heat-insulating components. Thermal liners made with
multi-layer meta aramid non-wovens are among the thinnest, most
flexible, most breathable components on the market. Face cloths using para aramid filament yarns help reduce surface friction, improving overall
garment mobility. Water-wicking or -repellent finishes on individual
layers improve moisture management and reduce garment-drying time.