with the old, in with the new and better Fire Protective Clothing at
Lincoln Fire Department
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[October 02, 2014]
LINCOLN - Tested and works good
- Lincoln Fire Department Chief Mark Miller is a happy chief today.
He was able to outfit his firefighters in new fire protection
clothing that far outshines the old.
During the last city council meeting the chief told the council
that his department had received the new fire protective clothing
that day and they had already begun training on it. While trying it
on, a lady drove her car on fire right up to the fire department's
door. And then called 911. The fire was put out, there were no
injuries and the gear worked well he said.
With humor, the Chief said that he was a bit relieved that his brand
new gear did not get soiled before he had a chance to show it to the
Chief Miller said he purchased the equipment through a State Fire
Marshall grant. The department received $25,600 which would have
covered the purchase of 12 outfits, pants and coats. However the
price went down before ordering and the department was able to order
for 13 setups, and the price went down again, and another set is on
It is about every 10 years that this gear gets replaced.
The Chief was excited, and explained some of the benefits he sees
already. New technology, fabrics and design have changed the fire
protective clothing dramatically.
The chief said to start, that the fabrics are lighter weight and
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With these advantages, the jackets are made larger, providing
more air flow, and they offer greater reach ability; all
characteristics of value in firefighting and rescue maneuvers.
Moisture from water and heat create steam, which is hotter. The
inner lining wicks moisture away from the body. The wicking
"cools the body," he said.
The outer Nomex fabric is heat resistant and the new weave is
The firefighters were already liking their new gear a lot.