As I mentioned in the last article, I was able to attend FDIC, and just got back from the South Carolina Fir/Rescue Conference. I did come across some new and improved equipment at these shows. Some of this equipment I will be bringing to you over the next several articles. I must say I was somewhat disappointed in the attendance of the South Carolina Fire/Rescue Conference. I noticed there were fewer vendors there this year and less attendance. I am not sure why this is, but we should support these shows all we can. They are put on so we can take classes and seminars, and see what equipment is out there to consider before we purchase. The shows are a good opportunity to see and evaluate equipment and gear we may be looking to buy. Take the time to attend when you can.
While I was at FDIC, I visited the TechTrade booth to see what was out there in the world of gloves. They showed me several things they had been working on. One was a new fire glove with some beefed up capabilities for use in the fire academies and for those who engage in a lot of firefighting. They also have another glove developed for the racing world, but that can also be used for rescue. I was also able to see a prototype of a new tactical glove with some really good cut resistant properties.
The Pro-Tech 8 Evolution is a beefed up fire glove meeting the NFPA 1971, 2013 standard. All the thread is 100 percent Kevlar, giving the glove a much higher thread blowout tolerance. The liner also uses 100 percent Kevlar and is dimpled for better wear, as well as more proficient donning and doffing. They have extended the glove body to provide a block for debris that may get in the glove while in use. The “knuckle guard system” boasts a level eight cut resistant feature, as well as giving the firefighter great thermal protection. This system uses a multitude of layers which include; Kevlar lining, rubberized Modacrylic, fire resistant cotton, along with several other barriers. The palm of the Evolution glove is Kevlar stitched, and leather reinforced to enhance the grip capability.
The Evolution glove, along with most all of their fire and rescue gloves, features the breathable waterproof, blood borne pathogen barrier. They also feature a steam blocker on the backside of the glove to better protect the firefighter’s hand. The fingers have sides made of Kevlar and Nomex, which are designed to give the glove maximum flexibility. We need a glove that offers excellent fire protection, but one that will also give us the ability to grasp and hold our equipment. These are just another great pair of fire gloves from TechTrade. They now offer five different types of fire gloves all certified to the NFPA 1971, 2013 standard.
The Pro-Tech 8 X+R is another new glove from TechTrade. This unique glove holds a number five rating through the SFI Foundation that certifies gear and personal protective equipment for auto racing and NASCAR. The glove is flexible and offers good dexterity. The glove has a breathable waterproof liner that is also blood borne pathogen resistant. The X+R features Kevlar in the cuff, knuckle guard, fingers, and cut resistant Kevlar/Modacrylic on the finger sides for added protection. It has padded leather on the palm as well as on the inside fingers. It uses Kevlar piping for the cuff to make it easier to put on and take off. The glove is also flame resistant, making it another good glove for rescue. It has a reinforced carabineer hole to clip to your gear. I have worn a pair for extrication and rescue and it wears really well.
This is only one of five pairs of specialty gloves that TechTrade offers. There is a welding glove, the Pro-Tech 8 B.O.S.S. Litex, the B.O.S.S. Original and the Pro-Tech 8 I.C.E. All these gloves offer unique features and qualities for their use. TechTrade brought us the original Pro-Tech 8 fire glove that has now evolved into the Titan and Fusion fire gloves with better features than before. You can see more on the fire and rescue gloves from Tech Trade at www.pro-tech8.com.
Over the next several issues we will be looking at the new trench shore and picket plate from Rescue Jack, and the W Tool for forced entry as well as for other rescue applications. In the meantime, always do your research on the equipment you want to purchase and don’t be hesitant to ask questions. Stay safe and we’ll see you next issue.
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. Until next time, train hard, be safe, and know your equipment.
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