Dutch Zaanstreek-Waterland fire brigade chooses TenCate Millenia fabric for its new turnout gear

Published:  31 March, 2014

The protective materials from TenCate will be used in 800 new firefighting ensembles and supplied in partnership with the LHD Group in Germany. 

The Zaanstreek-Waterland fire brigade will use garments made with the same protective fabrics as used since 2012 by the fire brigade of Amsterdam-Amstelland. Firefighter kit from four suppliers were tested, all with different types of fabrics and different garment constructions.

TenCate Millenia(TM) fabrics will be used for the lightweight outer shell, the protective thermal liner and reinforcement parts. The first 285 suits are expected to be delivered in July 2014.

Karin Klein Hesselink, end-use market manager at TenCate Protective Fabrics, explained: ‘The Zaanstreek-Waterland fire brigade subjected the suits to various stringent tests. Physical tests were performed by firefighters under 'cold' and 'hot' conditions, to determine fitness and freedom of movement, as well as moisture and heat regulation performance. In addition to fighting fires, firefighters also turn out to a wide variety of other emergencies, including road traffic accidents and other rescue operations. These various situations require multifunctional clothing that is lightweight, comfortable, strong and protective. The TenCate Millenia(TM) fabric is ideal for these purposes.’

Inherently flame-resistant fabrics
The outer shell used in these new suits is made from the innovative TenCate Millenia(TM) MI9180 fabric. ‘This is the strongest and lightest outer shell available on the market,’ said Karin. ‘Even when this protective fabric is exposed to intense heat and flames, the fabric remains strong and supple. This inherently flame-resistant fabric provides firefighters with optimal protection. The suits are also equipped with a TenCate inner layer, the TenCate thermal liner CQ703. This high-end thermal liner has a smooth surface and is lightweight, thus ensuring optimal freedom of movement. The combination of these TenCate fabrics reduces heat stress, allowing firefighters to work longer hours, and shortens the time required for physical rehabilitation.’

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