What do Firemen Think of Their Gear?

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To show our appreciation, NICCA USA decided to invite the firemen of the Fountain Inn fire Department to a cook out at our facility.  I took the opportunity to discuss with them what they thought about their gear. One of their answers surprised me: “they work too well”! In fact the gear protects them so well of from the heat that they do not realize how far into the fire they have gone.  In a private home, that is not an issue. However, their main concern was when they have to go into large commercial storage buildings. Indeed the exits can be very far and their time is always monitored.

Another interesting answer was that they do not have under-layers available; under their fire suit they are wear their own clothes. So what about a fire retardant, breathable and cool under-layer?

About Magali Brown

Magali is from Carcassonne, France. She has her master’s degree in chemistry with a specialization in textile and chemicals for textile. She spent 6 years in Fukui, Japan where she obtained her Ph.D. in amenity fiber from the University of Fukui. After obtaining her Ph.D. Magali began working for NICCA Chemical in Japan. After 6 months she relocated to NICCA USA, Inc. where she has been for the past 2 ½ years. Her current role is New Product Development Supervisor where she works closely with customers to meet their needs and requirements. Two main areas of focus are using exciting products and/or custom developments to meet customer’s processes and performance. She is a member of AATCC and is part of their flammability committee. She lives with her husband and their handsome baby boy born earlier this year.
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