Durable flame protection
The demand for flame retardant uniforms is a challenge that needs to be taken seriously. Generally speaking, the materials of choice have traditionally been different cotton/polyester blends. Although some of these blends do exhibit non-melt characteristics, they offer only limited heat and flame protection. This is a serious concern, especially when you consider the possible consequences of incidents involving exposure to flash fire conditions.
The newer generation of inherently flame retardant fabrics that is now available to the military sector is not yet being used extensively in the combat uniforms of the European armed forces. Despite offering improved heat and flame protection, this new generation does not always live up to expectations regarding durability.
A unique technology from Gore
Gore has developed a unique technology that enables fabrics made of traditionally non-FR textiles to be used in situations that require heat and flame protection: GORE® PYRAD® Fabric Technology. This technology is used in combat uniforms and constitutes an integral part of the textile composite. As soon as it comes into contact with heat and flames, the self extinguishing composite forms an insulating charred layer. The GORE® PYRAD® Fabric Technology delivers burn protection in combination with excellent mechanical strength and the benefits of non-FR textiles.