Structural Firefighting Apparel
Elliotts have been manufacturing protective clothing for firefighters for over 30 years. Structural firefighting protective clothing, sometimes referred to as Turnout Gear or Bunker Gear has come along way since the first garments we made from wool. Today Elliotts range of Protective Clothing for Firefighters incorporates the latest in fabric technologies and we are constantly re-designing garments to meet the specific needs of our customers.
Elliotts recommends that a firefighter's protective clothing should be comfortable, breathable, lightweight, highly visible, allow the wearer to move freely and offers overall protection in the hazardous fire fighting environment.
Our full range of Structural Firefighters Protective Clothing is certified to AS/NZS 4967:2009 Requirements and test methods for protective clothing used for structural firefighting.
We manufacture certified structural firefighting clothing in our Australian factory.
The performance required of your protective clothing will depend on the specific hazards and risks of your enviroment. When considering the selection of clothing the construction and materials used will be very important.
Structural Firefighting Clothing Construction
Structural protective clothing is constructed of multiple layers of materials. Each material has a very specific purpose. Construction must include an Outer Shell, Thermal Liner and can be constructed with or without a moisture barrier.
System A - Outer Shell/ Thermal Liner
Garments utilising an Outer Shell and Thermal Barrier do not include a Mositure Barrier. The construction type is preferred when penetration by liquids is not a risk and the work environment is very hot and high breathability is a priority.
System B - Outer Shell/ Moisture Barrier/ Thermal Liner
This construction utilises the Outer Shell, Moisture Barrier and Thermal Liner to provide a higher level of protection that is preferred when penetration by liquids is a risk.
Structural Firefighting Clothing - Materials
The outer shell is the wearer's first layer of defence. This layer, generally produced from woven fabrics, provides flame resistance, thermal resistance, and mechanical resistance (to cuts, snags, tears, and abrasion).
Elliotts Outer Shell Materials : TenCate Gemini, PBI & Nomex
The moisture barrier is the middle layer of the three layer turnout composite and is constructed of moisture-resistant yet breathable film that is laminated to a substrate for stability. It protects the wearer and the garment's thermal liner from water, steam, moisture penetration, chemicals and blood borne pathogens. Moisture barriers also allow the outward passage of moisture vapor so that some of your body heat can escape. The Australian standard AS 4967 allows the end user to choose whether to use a moisture barrier depending on their specific requirements.
Elliotts Moisture Barrier Material : Stedair 3000e and 3000d
The thermal liner is a vital part of a firefighter's protective clothing. The thermal liner is constructed of layers of flame-resistant, thermally-insulative non-woven fabrics that are attached to a woven facecloth for stability and strength. It insulates the wearer from the effects of extreme heat encountered during fire fighting operations.
Elliotts Thermal Liner Materials T-Gard II Plus, T-Gard I Runner and TenCate Caldura
X-Series Structural Firefighting Systems
E-Series Structural Firefighting Systems