W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.

W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.

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For more than 30 years, W. L. Gore & Associates has pioneered high-performance fabrics for technical applications — emergency response, fire, law, ChemBio, and military. Specializing in protective barriers, Gore works with leading gear manufacturers to deliver high-quality footwear, gloves, jackets, pants, and suits using CROSSTECH®, GORE® CHEMPAK®, and GORE-TEX® fabrics. For information about Gore’s complete line of fabrics and the products in which they are used, visit www.GoreProtectiveFabrics.com.

Gore engineers each barrier based on the concept of fitness for use, which means delivering the best product to meet the demands of a specific application. When developing a protective barrier, Gore collaborates with users to understand their environment, their challenges, and the hazards they face — such as extreme temperatures at a fire, chemicals and body fluids at an accident scene, or chemical warfare agents at a terrorist incident. Gore combines this understanding with its extensive knowledge of membrane technology to engineer a barrier fit for each application, ensuring the fabric is fit for use.

Because every fire department’s needs are different, Gore’s line of breathable moisture barriers spans the range of durability and performance while protecting against exposure to blood, body fluids, NFPA common chemicals, and water. In addition, all of these barriers help manage heat stress better throughout a broad range of environmental conditions that firefighters frequently encounter – particularly those with warmer temperatures and low radiant heat levels.

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Gore Offers New Windproof, Waterproof Fabric

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The light and fast GORE-TEX® fabric from W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. is an extremely breathable, lightweight fabric that provides durable waterproof and windproof protection with improved next-to-skin comfort.

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G9492 Glove System with GORE® CHEMPAK® Fabric

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The G9492 glove system with GORE® CHEMPAK® ultra barrier fabric offers the needed protection from ChemBio warfare agents and toxic industrial chemicals. While wearing these gloves, you can operate rescue tools, equipment, and electronics more easily. Dual certified to NFPA 1994, Class 2 and Class 3, and NFPA 1992 Standards, these durable gloves are ideal for operations that potentially involve blister agents, nerve agents, industrial chemicals, blood, and body fluids. Unlike butyl rubber gloves, testing has shown that the GORE® CHEMPAK® fabric used in the G9492 glove system did not swell when exposed to petroleum, oils, and lubricants — delivering increased protection and durability.

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GORE® CHEMPAK® selectively permeable fabric

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GORE® CHEMPAK® selectively permeable fabrics are used in the industry’s first breathable perimeter-response (warm zone) garments certified to the NFPA 1994 Class 3 Standard. Wearing the Extended Response Team (XRT) suit made with this fabric, you can respond faster because the suit is quick-donning and does not require any additional taping. The fabric’s breathable construction

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CROSSTECH® EMS fabric

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Over half of fire department calls are for medical emergencies, and in today’s world it’s important to be protected against the hazards associated with blood and body fluids. Garments made with CROSSTECH® EMS fabric provide durable, NFPA 1999-certified protection against liquid penetration. At the same time, this lightweight fabric allows the heat from your body to escape, reducing your risk of heat stress and heat exhaustion.

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GORE® CHEMPAK® ultra barrier fabric

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For those physically demanding missions in a ChemBio hazardous environment, the Multi-Threat suit made with GORE® CHEMPAK® ultra barrier fabric is the solution. This durable fabric provides long-lasting protection so you can move easily through rugged terrain and abrasive environments to reach challenging emergency scenes. Certified to the NFPA 1992 and NFPA 1994 Class 2 Standards, these suits use a lightweight protective barrier and durable construction to provide hot-zone protection while also providing the ease and range of motion needed to respond to technically demanding CBRN incidents.

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CROSSTECH® Glove Inserts

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As a firefighter, you should not reduce your protection by choosing gloves that compromise one benefit for another, such as improving dexterity without providing thermal stability. Unlike traditional polyurethane inserts, CROSSTECH® glove inserts deliver an excellent combination of thermal protection, dexterity, high breathability, and abrasion resistance. Additionally, our inserts protect against blood, body fluids, and NFPA common chemicals, and water. CROSSTECH® glove inserts, with qualities that exceed the NFPA Standards, are the barrier of choice when it comes to protection and comfort.

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CROSSTECH® Footwear Fabric

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Available in boots dual-certified to NFPA 1971 and 1992, CROSSTECH® footwear fabric leads the industry in providing durable, breathable protection for firefighter footwear. Firefighting boots with our fabric typically break in quickly, are easy to put on and take off, and are more flexible than rubber boots. This fabric stands up to the kind of tough conditions you face in the field, and it is exceptionally durable — even after repeated exposure to high heat. CROSSTECH® footwear fabric keeps your feet dry while resisting moisture, and it remained waterproof after multiple exposures to contaminants.

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GORE® RT7100 moisture barrier

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GORE® RT7100 moisture barrier delivers excellent protection combined with performance and value. Exceeding the NFPA 1971 requirements, this barrier offers high levels of breathability and liquid penetration resistance even after thermal and UV exposure.

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CROSSTECH® 3-Layer moisture barrier

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The ideal choice for those who need extra durability in their moisture barrier, CROSSTECH® 3-layer is the most rugged barrier in the market today — delivering long-lasting protection. This barrier helps manage heat stress better throughout a broad range of environmental conditions that firefighters frequently encounter – particularly those with warmer temperatures and low radiant heat levels. With outstanding abrasion- and wear-resistance from a unique construction, it maintains consistent breathability and protection against water, blood, body fluids, and NFPA common chemicals. In fact, this barrier is so durable that we back it with a five-year limited warranty. CROSSTECH® 3-Layer moisture barrier is the option for fire professionals who work in the most rigorous situations.

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CROSSTECH® black moisture barrier

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Available from leading turnout gear manufacturers, the CROSSTECH® black moisture barrier maintains the same high level of breathability as our original two-layer barrier, with the added benefit of more durable protection against blood, body fluids, NFPA common chemicals, and water. Its enhanced durability results from our latest advances in engineering and manufacturing ePTFE membranes. This barrier helps manage heat stress better throughout a broad range of environmental conditions that firefighters frequently encounter – particularly those with warmer temperatures and low radiant heat levels. Backed by a 3.5-year limited warranty, CROSSTECH® black moisture barrier enables you and your department to comply with the NFPA 1851 Standard. This moisture barrier delivers high breathability and durable protection call after call after call.

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