For the last few months during multiple non-structural training events I have been wearing Tecgen Xtreme’s jacket and pants. The gear is lightweight, single layer, non-structural turnout gear. If your big on firefighter health & safety, keep reading. Tradition may say otherwise, but education and technology may be on to something here.
I was initially concerned about durability because of the single layer, however, after multiple heavy rescue trainings; the gear has held up well. No holes yet, just some grease, red mud (from South Carolina), and other stains.
From the Tecgen Xtreme website:
For most departments… up to 80% of responses are non-structural in nature. Now you have a choice for these types of calls.
TECGEN XTREME® garments are UL certified to exceed NFPA 1951 (Technical Rescue) and NFPA 1977 (Wildland Firefighting), making them the perfect choice for the following types of responses:
- Search and Rescue
- Junior Firefighting / Explorer Programs
- Wildland, Grass and Brush Fires
- Confined Space
- Trench Rescue
- High / Low Angle Rescue
- Good Will Calls
- Support Personnel
- No break-in needed.
- Lightweight and breathable. I purposely wore this gear during the FDIC stair climb to feel the difference from working in structural gear.
- Flame resistant. During some torch training, some slag splashed onto the coat. No burns to the skin underneath.
- Much lower cost than structural turnout gear. Could be worn for extrication, technical rescue, wildland, EMS assists to extend the life of turnout gear.
- Multiple pockets with velcro closure are useful for small tools.
- No water resistance. You will get wet in the rain.
- Will require additional undergarments during cold weather.
About $500 for jacket and pants, but check with Tecgen Xtreme for exact pricing.
From about November to the end of March in Ohio, I anticipate wearing structural gear simple for the warmth aspect. However, during the spring, summer, and early fall months the Tecgen Xtreme gear is a great option to keep the core temperature of firefighters down. With all the talk about health and safety, we should consider options to reduce heat stress during non-structural responses and training. This gear will meet our expectations of reducing heat stress.
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