PPE Solutions for Emergency Response

PPE Solutions for Emergency Response


Because everyone has someone depending on them to get home safely.


Protection that every hero deserves

Every time the alarm sounds, emergency responders put their lives on the line to protect others. It’s always been a dangerous job and the hazards continue to intensify.

54% of on-duty  firefighter deaths related to heat stress1

Heat stress—a major hazard

Gear should prevent heat penetration to allow firefighters enough time to safely escape from an emergency while also managing the risks from heat stress, which is a major cause of firefighter deaths. With its higher air permeability, Nomex® helps reduce heat stress. 

1 R.F. Fahy, J.T. Petrillo and J.L. Molis, “Firefighter Fatalities in the US—2019,” National Fire Protection Association: Quincy, MA, 2020.

Protection + comfort= fewer injuries and deaths

Balancing protection and comfort—a critical concern

Firefighter gear must stand up to all the thermal hazards firefighters face while also helping them to get the job done with the least amount of heat stress and without getting in the way of mobility or situational awareness. With its inherent heat and flame resistance and lightweight strength, Nomex® fiber provides low weight and high thermal protection.

61% of career firefighter line-of-duty deaths from cancer2 due to chronic chemical and smoke exposures

Harmful particulates— an unseen threat

A room filled with modern furnishings reaches flashover in just 3 minutes and 40 seconds compared to 29 minutes and 25 seconds for a “legacy” room. These modern rooms not only reach flashover much faster; they release a multitude of  toxic substances that are  carried by the smoke.3

Over time, exposure to these harmful particulates can lead to coronary heart disease, stroke, cancer and respiratory diseases.4 With its superior particle barrier performance, Nomex® Nano Flex helps make products like firefighter hoods more protective against harmful particulates.

2 Data from the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) for time period of January 1, 2002, to March 31, 2017, cited at https://firefightercancersupport.org/resources/faq

3 https://ulfirefightersafety.org/research-projects/comparison-of-modern-and-legacy-home-furnishings.html

4 International Agency for Research on Cancer, (2019) List of Classifications, Volumes 1-123, World Health Organization



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Recommended PPE

From the first alarm to the all-clear signal, DuPont provides emergency responders solutions for industry-leading PPE that meet or exceed global standards—providing those who put their lives on the line with the protection they deserve.


Nomex® for stationwear/EMT

What’s underneath the turnout gear matters. Stationwear made with Nomex® fiber is inherently flame resistant and incredibly lightweight for the ideal combination of comfort and durability.


Nomex® for turnout gear

From the first alarm until the fire is out, the inherent heat and flame resistance of Nomex® provides the superior on-the-job protection that every firefighter deserves.


Nomex® for wildland firefighting protection

From brush pants to jumpsuits, Nomex® provides comfortable, flexible and superior thermal protection for the brave firefighters who take on the most extreme wildfires.


Kevlar® for emergency response

100% Kevlar® is inherently flame resistant and doesn’t ignite, melt, or degrade in heat.


Nomex® for emergency response

Those who dedicate their lives to protecting ours deserve the best protection available.


Tested for the hazards you face

DuPont™ Thermo-Man® is the world’s most advanced life-size thermal burn evaluation system. Our Thermo-Man® units use state-of-the-art technology to demonstrate the durability and superior flame resistance Nomex® delivers compared to other FR solutions.

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Tyvek®/Tychem chemical protection for emergency response

Tyvek® and Tychem® provide lightweight, comfortable protective coveralls that deliver superior protection against a range of hazards without compromising mobility.   


WEBINAR On-Demand: FR Face Masks & COVID-19: What Firefighters and Emergency Responders Need to Know 

As the world seeks to understand and look for ways to further protect themselves and meet regional requirements associated with COVID-19, emergency responders have special considerations to keep in mind when it comes to fire-resistant (FR) face masks, hoods and other face coverings. 

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FR facial protection for emergency response against COVID-19 exposure

At DuPont, we’re committed to providing materials for FR PPE that can help provide essential workers with the protection they need to do their jobs safely, while adhering to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.



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