El Cajon, CA (PressExposure) September 14, 2011 -- First Responders (the people who run into a burning building as you're running out) have the job of keeping us safe... but, what keeps them safe? It's usually EMT uniform manufacturer Gibson-Barnes, that has spent over 30 years studying and improving safety equipment and uniforms for those responders "on the front lines." Today, Gibson-Barnes announces the release of uniforms and jackets featuring their revolutionary new Defiant Plus Fire Retardant fabrics.
For years, Nomex® has been the "go-to" fabric of choice for fire retardancy. But Gibson-Barnes' new uniforms, made with Defiant Plus, are eclipsing Nomex features.
"The Nomex technology was great, but it's basically been around since the 1960's," says Gibson-Barnes' Director of Sales & Marketing, Dan Longbrake. "Our Defiant Plus Fabric is inherently fire retardant- meaning there is no chemical treatment that can eventually wash away. In addition, it's naturally wicking, so it's much cooler and more comfortable than Nomex, which is only water resistant."
The most important feature in first responder's uniform is fire protection. In tests, Defiant Plus fabric had only a 23% body burn rate, compared to 34% for comparable weight Nomex--an improvement that will save lives and reduce injury. Defiant Plus is also softer on the skin and outperforms Nomex in shrinking and charring in burn tests.
"Our goal has always been customer safety," Says Tyler Wegge, Gibson-Barnes President and CEO. "We have been providing innovative products to Pilots, EMTs, Law Enforcement and the Military for over 30 years. If we can't make the best possible product in a category, we don't do it. We understand people rely on first responders to help them and keep them safe...we do the same for the first responders."
Gibson & Barnes has been a premiere supplier of flight suits, uniforms, leather jackets, flight helmets and communications equipment for EMS, law enforcement and pilots for over 30 years. In 2003, Gibson & Barnes expanded into the military contracting arena, designing, creating, and patenting innovative garments and accessories for soldiers in the Army and Navy. For more information, please go to www.Gibson-Barnes.com.