When it comes to specifying protective clothing for firefighters there should never be any compromise on performance or quality.
At Gore, the guiding principle is ‘Fitness for Use’, which means that every aspect of a firefighter’s specific operational needs is analysed in detail to ensure that GORE-TEX Moisture Barriers maintain performance throughout the lifetime of the garment.
Every Gore Associate understands that product integrity is fundamental to success. There is no room for failure when it comes to protecting firefighters from the hazards they face.
The moisture barrier in firefighting gear performs a critical role in making the garment waterproof from the outside while allowing sweat to evaporate out through the layers, keeping the wearer dry from the inside as well. But it is quickly rendered useless if the critical points, such as the seams, aren’t made to withstand the extreme rigours of the firefighting environment.
The seam is the weakest area of any garment. A tear or even a hole the size of a tiny pinprick will compromise waterproofness, allow water entry and increase the risk of steam burn. That’s why Gore applies its ‘Fitness for Use’ principle starting with the seams before examining every aspect of the manufactured garment.
Gore has engineered more than 40 patented seam-sealing tapes, known as GORE-SEAM Tapes that use a proprietary seam-sealing process. They ensure that the integrity of every garment made with a GORE-TEX fabric is certified to perform for its operational life.
The seam-sealing machines have validated and controlled settings from Gore laboratories to ensure quality production standards are achieved every time. Seams are tested in factories using Hydrostatic Head Test equipment
Gore only partners with the highest-quality firefighting garment manufacturers who are licensed by Gore to use the company’s proprietary seam-sealing technologies.
Companies that manufacture and supply GORE-TEX products must comply with Gore Manufacturing Standards that specify quality levels and controls for machinery used in the manufacturing process.
Gore specialists advise and train management and staff at the manufacturing sites on the use of Gore machinery and assist in the optimisation of the manufacturing process. Regular site tests ensure that the manufacturer achieves consistently high quality. Samples are regularly taken from the production line for comparison against the original prototype garments.
Gore’s stringent quality assurance process ensures that buyers who specify GORE-TEX and CROSSTECH Moisture Barriers or the GORE PARALLON System can have absolute confidence in the integrity of the garment and that it is fit for purpose.
All Gore technical fire fabrics comfortably exceed International PPC performance standards including ASNZ4967, EN469, NFPA 1951, 1999 and 1971 and the OEKO-TEX Standard 100. 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 cold and heat. They are also renowned for their consistently reliable thermal stability.
To see the seam-sealing system in action, use the link below or QR code to visit Gore’s virtual testing laboratories.
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