Since their introduction to fire services over 25 years ago, Gore’s specialist high performance fabrics have set new standards for firefighter protection around the world. Gore has become a global leader in all of the diverse market sectors that it operates in as a result of a unique corporate culture that encourages entrepreneurship and innovation, backed by sound research and development.
Gore associates are experts in their field and have a detailed understanding about the environment that a garment will be worn in, taking into account the way it will be worn and all the environmental factors that may affect comfort and protection.
Gore products are often employed where performance and reliability are critical – whether in the human body, in an engineering plant, on the fire-ground, on Mount Everest or in outer space. The company is steadfastly committed to standing behind the reliability of every product, in every application. That commitment is backed by robust research and development programs in support of every product.
Gore’s world famous Gore-Tex and Crosstech fabric durably waterproof and breathable moisture barriers protect firefighters every day across the Americas, Australasia, Europe and the Middle East. It is a success story that is the result of the deepest commitment to quality, which starts with the promise that: “Our products will do what we say they will do”.
The introduction of Gore’s high performance fabrics created a durable layer in firefighter PPE that keeps the wearer dry by preventing water from entering the garment but allows sweat to travel out the other way. This minimises the build-up of moisture inside the garment and in more extreme conditions, which are often experienced by emergency responders, reduces the risk of heat stress and burns.
Gore fabrics undergo the most extensive and stringent testing regimes, which is just one of the reasons they consistently outperform alternative products. The company’s own test laboratories are comparable to those used in many of the independent institutes and in many cases the company has developed specific test methods where previously no standardised tests existed.
From the start of the testing process, every aspect of the product’s real-world use is examined in detail to inform the design and engineering process. It is important that protective clothing is functional and comfortable and Gore designers will advise manufacturers on potential innovations like special closures or waterproof collar solutions. All Gore fabrics comfortably exceed International PPE performance standards. They maintain that level of performance thanks to outstanding resistance to wear and abrasion and the ability to consistently retain high breathability and waterproofness after exposure to extreme heat. Gore products are renowned for their consistently reliable thermal stability.
If your risk assessment has identified a specific risk from blood borne pathogens, then Crosstech fabrics will deliver the solution, while keeping the responders dry and protected from heat and flame. Crosstech fabrics far exceed competitive products in test laboratories and in the field.
The family of Crosstech products also includes Crosstech products with Airlock spacer technology, to create an insulating air cushion. The result is a garment that is around 20 percent lighter, creating greater freedom of movement for the wearer. Crosstech fabric is used in structural firefighting ensembles and specialised urban search and rescue suits as well as boots and gloves.
If your risk assessment has not identified blood borne pathogens as a specific risk for your responders then the range of Gore-Tex fabrics will provide a durable, waterproof, breathable solution that delivers protection far in excess of laboratory test standards. Gore-Tex fabric is also available in the Airlock spacer technology variant.
Gore’s unique approach combines research, innovation and an unwavering commitment to quality that has resulted in state-of-the-art protective fabrics that are fundamental to the protection of firefighters today, setting the benchmark in their class. Crosstech and Gore-Tex products lead the field in waterproof, breathable protection. Gore fabrics deliver an unbeatable combination of proven performance, durability and comfort that firefighters trust.
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