My south MS volunteer dept is almost ready to buy wildland jumpsuits/coveralls for its troops. Our wildland jobs are frequent, but small, and AFAIK everyone in the region fights fire in either structural gear or jeans & T-shirts. We hope to decrease the incidence of heat-related injuries, as well as increase the service life of our bunker gear by using the jumpsuits as both wildland and extrication/rescue PPE.
The sticking point of the day is treated cotton vs Nomex. Can anyone advise us of the pros and cons of each? Durability, resistance to abrasion & tearing, breathability & comfort? Right now we are looking at Chieftain. Any comments?