Leadership

Cleveland Selects Fire Coats

Issue 10 and Volume 123.

Cleveland Selects Fire Coats As a result of a five-month, on-thejob test, the Cleveland Fire Department has selected Nomex for the outer shell of its turnout coats. Chief William E. Barry reported that the test coats were worn by 16 men for a total of more than 200 hours at many type of fires and in weather temperatures ranging from zero to 90 degrees. The test coats were yellow, and the Cleveland experience showed that they got quite dirty and were difficult to clean. However, as far as protection to the wearer, durability and comfort, the coats were rated “superior to all other coats that have been in use in this department,” Barry commented. The coat test report stated that there were no signs of unusual wear and no tears. Nomex duck, according to the manufacturer, E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, has almost three times the tear…

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