Gloves and air packs: a working combination

CarolinaFireJournal - David Pease
David Pease The Reds Team
07/25/2010 -


Several years ago, TechTrade introduced the Pro-Tech 8 fire glove. They soon realized the politics of the large companies and how NFPA committees can work. The glove was a sensation and the firefighters were in awe. Then, do to this political process, they had to stop production of the glove. They soon introduced the Titan fire glove and the Pro-Tech 8X extrication glove. The Titan was a heavier more advanced glove than the Pro-Tech 8 glove. After all the smoke cleared, and NFPA cleared the original gloves, TechTrade went back to working on the original glove again.


In May, the new Pro-Tech 8 “Fusion” was certified to NFPA 2007. This glove is similar to the original, but sports a mesh knit inner liner for easy donning and doffing of the glove. The gloves have six layers of flexible protection over the knuckles and the liner is sewn and bonded at each fingertip. They sewed the middle and index finger separately to give the firefighter more dexterity. The gloves are sewn across the palm to prevent bunching, and will give you a better grip. The Fusion has a breathable bloodborne pathogen liner as well.

In the long cuff design, the cuff is an actual extension of the glove, not just added material. These gloves offer excellent dexterity and protection. The outer layer is sueded goat leather for more added protection of the firefighter’s hands. The gloves show remarkable dexterity, but that gets even better with a little break in time. The price is comparable with the standard gloves most departments purchase, so this keeps them affordable.

To see more on the gloves go to Look to see more gloves coming in the future for firefighting and rescue. Check out the Ready-Heat disposable blankets, another good product from TechTrade.

Air packs

Scott Health and Safety is a leader in the safety field. They are widely known for their air packs and compressors in the fire and rescue service. They have been a leader in technology and introduced the first air pack in 1945. With the ever changing NFPA standards, manufacturers have to constantly stay on top of changes and advances in the industry. Scott has done that with the introduction of the NXG7 air pack.

The NXG7 has a more streamlined profile and design for comfort and durability. The pack has handles that make it easier for carrying and donning the unit. I found that with the snap in cylinder, I could change out tanks easy and quick. The gauge console had a built in side light that allowed me to see my pressure and monitor it and the angle made it easier to read as well.

The air pack uses the AV2000 and AV3000 mask that has always given a great field of vision. We use the AV2000 mask with our supplied air systems and they are interchangeable on the NXG7 pack. The AV3000 mask with the double seal was also very comfortable to wear and sealed nicely.

The HUD, or heads-up display, is mounted and hardwired to the regulator and is easy to read in all intensities of light. The brighter it is, the brighter the read out, the darker it is, the lighter the read out. The LED lights that give you the bottle air amounts adjust to the available light, thus cutting back on battery use.  There is also one power supply point for batteries that control the unit’s readouts and alarm.

There are several additions and accessories that can be added to the system, such as the “pak-tracker locator system,” the integrated “pak-alert SE7 Pass device,” the “Rit-Pak II” the buddy breathing system and the “EPIC” voice amplifier. The Scott NXG7 air pack is leading the “pack” in technology and performance. For more information visit their website at

Before you make your purchases, see what is on the market. Remember, there is new and improved equipment coming out all the time, do some research and try out different things before you make the decision to purchase.

Until next time, stay safe.

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