By its very nature, firefighting is a stressful occupation. Firefighters regularly exert themselves in dangerous and unpredictable environments. Merely getting ready to respond to a fire starts a flow of endorphins and begins putting stress on the cardiovascular system. Combine that with the extra weight of traditional turnout gear and it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the leading cause of line-of-duty deaths and injuries is sudden cardiac failure.
Research from the American Heart Association shows that exposure to extreme heat and physical exertion during firefighting may trigger the formation of blood clots and impair blood vessel function, two predictors for increased risk of heart attack. Blood clotting is an exaggerated normal physiological response to both extreme heat and physical exertion.
Staying hydrated and allowing time to properly cool down can help in preventing cardiac events—and so can wearing the right firefighting gear.
At Fire-Dex, turnout gear is designed with elements chosen to minimize firefighter stress and fatigue. FXR Turnout Gear has an ergonomic design that enhances the wearer’s ability to move freely and is now available with Fire-Dex’s exclusive outer shell, TECGEN71, which offers the lightest weight composite systems available.
TECGEN71 was designed to lessen heat stress by reducing weight and flexibility without sacrificing thermal protection or durability. It’s 15% lighter, 40% thinner and 70% more flexible than typical combinations, while boasting 48% higher total heat loss.
Connect with your local Fire-Dex distributor to schedule a hands-on demonstration or learn about wear trial opportunities.