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31 January 2020

FAL’s Firefighter’s Boots Can Save Lives

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FAL SECURITY To Present a World Exclusive at SICUR: innovative, all-textile firefighting boots, made of water-repellent, breathable, microfibre and fire-resistant PBI fabric, which improves the wearer’s mobility and can help save lives. Read more

The boots are made of PBI fibre fabric, which is lightweight but also has high traction resistance and is designed for fire and rescue applications. It provides an optimum combination of breaking strength and thermal protection, comfort and flexibility. “This lightweight fabric provides a high level of comfort for firefighters, with the additional benefit of greater traction resistance than many other thicker fabrics,” the firm explains.

PBI boots are designed to provide lightweight, breathable heat protection. It is a highly durable and flame-resistant fabric which provides the firefighter with guaranteed protection in even the worst-case scenario. It has over 100 kN initial tear resistance (more than double that of any other uppers) and, although it is lighter than other fabrics it does not compromise on heat and flame protection, and in many areas performs better than heavier alternatives.

Less Rigid

These boots, named Volcano and Volcano Boa, are less rigid and allow easier movement, improving the design’s ergonomics, an aspect of vital importance in fire and rescue work, where the ability to move freely and comfortably without reducing protection is essential.

The boots also have a Gore-Tex CrossTech waterproof, breathable membrane which is a barrier against blood, body fluids and different chemicals. They also feature two-colour antistatic polyurethane-rubber-nitrile soles that are heat and flame resistant, and Vincap non-metallic toe caps shock resistant up to 200 J, and textile anti-puncture insoles which are lightweight, flexible, comfortable and protective. This insole is made from a fabric stronger than steel, and is resistant to flames and high temperatures, protecting against thermal hazards of up to 400°.

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