ORE-TEX Professional (Gore) raises personal protection for technical rescue teams to a new level with the introduction of a unique fabric that enhances comfort while protecting from blood borne and viral pathogens and flash fire.
The new GORE-TEX CROSSTECH® PYRAD® stretch fabric pushes the envelope for high-performance rescue garments, combining several of Gore’s proven world-leading technologies in a bespoke rescue application. This achieves unprecedented freedom of movement and mobility, while also protecting from the many risks encountered at rescue incidents.
Until now, protection for rescue work has always involved compromise – either working in more insulated and robust structural gear that overprotects for technical rescue situations or operating in lightweight suits that offer minimum protection and quickly become uncomfortable in cold, wet or very hot weather.
Firefighters need the confidence that their clothing will protect them from all the risks that they face at rescue incidents. GORE-TEX CROSSTECH® PYRAD® stretch is designed specifically to meet their needs, protecting from pathogens found in blood and body fluid as well as common chemicals such as petrol, battery acid and hydraulic fluid. The fabric is inherently flame retardant, protecting the wearer from incidental flame and flash fire.
GORE-TEX CROSSTECH® PYRAD® stretch is incredibly light and stretches four ways to achieve the exceptional freedom of movement required for working in confined spaces and unusual situations. The fabric moves with the wearer like a high-performance sports garment and the elasticity delivers optimum fit, expanding and contracting with any layers worn underneath.
Rescue teams no longer have to endure becoming wet and cold in bad weather at protracted incidents. GORE-TEX CROSSTECH®PYRAD® stretch is waterproof and resistant to water pickup so that it does not become heavy when wet and dries quickly. High breathability ensures that sweat moves out through the garment, keeping the wearer dry and comfortable in hot weather.
Gordon Burns, Associate at GORE-TEX Professional, said: ‘GORE-TEX CROSSTECH® PYRAD® stretch sets a new standard for personal protection for technical rescue. After detailed research, we have brought together proven Gore technologies to create a solution that delivers previously unheard-of performance, protection and comfort.
‘Rescue teams often work for long hours at incidents and in all weathers. They need high levels of comfort and mobility that will also protect from the threat posed by blood borne and viral pathogens, chemicals and flash fire. The new fabric eliminates the traditional compromise between comfort and protection for rescue work, delivering a specialized solution that is more advanced than any alternative. This technology allows for garments to be designed to be more fitted to the body to maximize comfort.’
In independent ISO 13506 burn tests on a thermal manikin garment with GORE-TEX CROSSTECH® PYRAD® stretch did not melt, drip or break open with no significant burns recorded.
In addition, this specialized fabric technology maintains its performance standards throughout the operational lifetime of the garment. The fabric has been tested to withstand over 50 industrial washes using ISO 15797 table1 method.
This unique PYRAD® technology allows for a range of hi-visibility colours such as red, orange and yellow, which are complaint with EN ISO 20471 high-visibility requirements for professional use.
Gore is committed to continuously improving the environmental impact of its products without compromising on the durability of their performance. By keeping products in use for longer, their overall lifecycle impact is reduced. Because most of the resources and energy are consumed during the production and distribution processes, garments with a longer product life significantly reduce use of these resources. This improves sustainability of the product.
The new GORE-TEX CROSSTECH® PYRAD® stretch solution will be on show at ARRO in Tamworth and AFAC.
For further information on GORE-TEX products for fire and rescue, contact Melbourne based Gore Associate, Gordon Burns firstname.lastname@example.org
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