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ENGINEERING TURNOUT SYSTEMS FOR HEAT STRESS REDUCTION: DuPONTS NOMEX OMEGAT BUNKER GEAR

Issue 8 and Volume 151.

ENGINEERING TURNOUT SYSTEMS FOR HEAT STRESS REDUCTION: DuPONT`S NOMEX OMEGAT BUNKER GEAR BY ROBERT F. DAHL MARKETING MANAGER FIRE SERVICE PROTECTIVE APPAREL DuPONT “The leading cause of fatal injury for on-duty firefighters in 1996 was, in fact, stress, as it has been in almost every year of this 20-year study, and this stress usually resulted in heart attacks.”–“1996 Fire Fighter Fatalities,” NFPA Journal, National Fire Protection Association, July/August 1997. The most threatening stress firefighters face is heat stress. A potential killer, heat stress is a combination of body heat trapped by turnout gear; heat from the fire; and the strain created by wearing heavy clothing in hot, humid environments–not to mention the hard work of fighting a fire. In the NFPA study cited above, 44 of the 45 firefighter on-duty heart attacks in 1996 were attributed to stress or overexertion. In the same year, almost 26 percent of all firefighter…

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