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W. L. GORE & ASSOCIATES INC. has reported on new research that highlights the importance of moisture barriers in managing firefighter heat stress. Although firefighters need protection against extreme heat, the vast majority of calls do not involve this kind of challenge. Instead, managing heat stress is often the real challenge. Gore studied the effects of working in warm conditions and those with low-level radiant loads such as from the sun, asphalt highways, rooftops and even fireground sources, which often pose significant heat-stress challenges.
Allen Maples, product manager in Gore’s Technical Fabrics division, said, “The human body is extremely sensitive to seemingly small increases in core temperature, and these increases can potentially lead to impaired decision-making and heat exhaustion events. The ability for turnout layers to allow greater moisture vapor transmission for evaporative cooling to take place is key to preventing the rise in body core temperatures. Gore evaluated the performance of turnout gear in warmer and low-level radiant conditions, for example when exposed to the sun, and was able to link the heat loss ability of various turnout technologies to the performance in a garment and the impact on the wearer.”
For more information about the study, see www.GoreProtectiveFabrics.com/Heat-Stress-Management.
PIERCE MANUFACTURING and DETROIT DIESEL CORP. have announced a five-year extension to their original 2009 agreement involving the Detroit DD13 engine and Pierce fire apparatus. Through 2018, the Detroit DD13 engine remains available only on Pierce’s line of custom fire and emergency vehicles, including those built on the Dash CF, Quantum, Velocity and Arrow XT chassis.
The DD13 engine features Amplified Common Rail System (ACRS) and BlueTec emissions technology to improve performance and fuel economy. It satisfies 2014 Greenhouse Gas (GHG14) regulations.
R•O•M CORP. has hired Don Fishel as vice president of sales and marketing. Fishel has more than 20 years of experience in manufacturing and industry. Most recently, he was the senior director of sales and marketing strategy for Commercial Vehicle Group Inc.
“Don has a proven track record of driving change and growth. He understands the results we’re looking for and has a great vision of how we can take R•O•M to the next level,” CEO Jeff Hupke said. “His well-rounded background in sales, engineering and marketing are a great fit for ROM and will help us continue to drive year-over-year growth during difficult economic times.”
INVISTA, in response to the tragic wildfire near Yarnell, AZ, will make a cash donation to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) to help support the families of the 19 firefighters who died while trying to contain the fire on June 30.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to the families affected by this tragedy,” said Bob Butler, vice president, INVISTA Performance Materials. “The fire department’s elite Granite Mountain Hotshots team gave the ultimate sacrifice, and they will not be forgotten.” In addition, to help the Prescott Fire Department rebuild, INVISTA will provide the department with 20 sets of the company’s TECGEN XTREME protective gear for wildland and technical rescue operations.
Also, INVISTA has acquired ASHBURN HILL CORP., associated intellectual property (including the TECGEN brands) and a manufacturing operation in Texas.
The acquisition includes two flame-resistant brands: TECGEN Xtreme, NFPA/UL-certified, lightweight apparel that repels moisture and designed for firefighters for wildland and technical rescue applications; and TECGEN Select clothing developed for manufacturing, transportation, mining, oil and gas and energy utility operations. The brands will fall under INVISTA’s existing Performance Materials business segment, which includes the CORDURA fabric brand.