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?