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Firefighter Turnout Spec Essay

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2014 Alma Fire Department
This specification details design and materials criteria to afford protection to the upper and lower body, excluding head, hands, feet, against adverse environmental effects during structural fire fighting. All materials and construction will meet or exceed NFPA Standard #1971 and/or OSHA for structural fire fighters protective clothing. 
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The outer shell shall be constructed of TENCATE "ADVANCE™" 60/40 Kevlar®/Nomex® blend ...view middle of the document...

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The moisture barrier material shall be W.L.GORE “GORE™ RT7100 Type 3D” moisture barrier which shall be GORE PTFE on a non-woven Nomex® substrate with an approximate weight of 4.6 oz. per square yard. The GORE PTFE Type 3D moisture barrier product incorporates GORE PTFE technology, with enhanced bicomponent technology and shall be laminated to a non-woven substrate. This alternative product is intended as a thermally stable alternate to NFPA compliant polyurethane-based moisture barriers. The moisture barrier shall be sewn to the thermal liner at the edges only and bound with bias-cut neoprene-coated cotton/polyester binding. Further mention of “Specified Moisture Barrier” in this specification shall refer to this section.

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All moisture barrier seams shall be sealed with a minimum 1 inch wide sealing tape. One side of the tape shall be coated with a heat activated glue adhesive. The adhesive side of the tape shall be oriented toward the moisture barrier seam. The adhesive shall be activated by heat and the sealing tape shall be applied to the moisture barrier seams by means of pressure exerted by rollers for that purpose.
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The thermal liner and moisture barrier shall be completely removable from the jacket shell. Two strips of ⅝ inch wide FR Velcro® hook and loop fastener tape shall secure the thermal liner/moisture barrier to the outer shell along the length of the neck line under the collar (see Collar section).  The remainder of the thermal liner/moisture barrier shall be secured with snap fasteners appropriately spaced on each jacket facing and Ara-Shield® snap fasteners at each sleeve end. There shall be one Ara-shield® snap tab on the liner to correspond to snap tabs on the shell. There shall be a different color in the liner to correspond with color coded snap tabs for ease of matching the liner system to the outer shell after inspection or cleaning is completed.
The thermal liner and moisture barrier shall be completely removable from the high back pant shell. Nine snap fasteners shall be spaced along the waistband to secure the thermal liner/moisture barrier to the shell. The legs of the thermal liner/moisture barrier shall be secured to the shell by means of Ara-Shield® snap fasteners, 2 per leg. The Ara-shield® snap tabs shall be color coded to a corresponding snap tab in the liner for ease of matching the liner system to the outer shell after inspection or cleaning is completed.
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