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PGI's BarriAire Gold Hoods Now Available in Six Styles

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PGI's BarriAire Gold Hoods Now Available in Six Styles

Choose your fit. Choose your coverage. With six NFPA certified styles available, PGI Cobra™ BarriAire™ Gold Hoods lead the way in particulate barrier hood protection. Coverage where you want it with fit options that allow you to maximize your personal mask-up capabilities. Whether you prefer in-channel or over the mask, standard or extended bib, or additional DuPont™ Nomex® Nano particulate blocking power, BarriAire Gold Hoods are the fitting response to the hazards you face. To complete your envelope of personal protection, specify PGI Cobra BarriAire Gold Hoods no exception — www.barriairehoods.com 

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US Market Leader in Technology-Driven PPE, Appoints New Managing Director to Launch its International Operations from the UK.

EMEA Press Release Staff Update

US Market Leader in Technology-Driven PPE, Appoints New Managing Director to Launch its International Operations from the UK.

PGI, a recognised leader in the manufacture of particulate blocking safety hoods and professional apparel, has appointed an established industry professional as its new Managing Director; to drive the company’s international strategy.

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Fireline Multi Mission Dual-Certified Gear

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Fireline Multi Mission Dual-Certified Gear

A LIGHTWEIGHT, BREATHABLE SOLUTION TO TRADITIONAL TURNOUT GEAR   Department Calls by Type 90% Non-Structural Related Calls 63.9% Medical Aid 16.8% Other 7.6% False Alarms 4.5% Mutual Aid 4.0% Fires 1.9% Other Hazardous Conditions 1.3% Hazardous Materials Heat Stress The number one fatality in line of duty deaths among firefighters and first responders is sudden cardiac arrest, most of which can be attributed to heat stress, overexertion and pre-existing medical conditions. Studies have shown that modified PPE can substantially reduce heat stress and firefighter fatigue. The weight and bulkiness of traditional turnout gear tends to increase body temperature by retaining the heat built up...

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Cancer – The Current Epidemic in the Fire Service

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Cancer – The Current Epidemic in the Fire Service

More firefighters have been diagnosed with cancer in the last two years then in the previous 10 years combined. One in three firefighters will die of cancer. There’s a minimum of nine Group 1 carcinogens in all fire smoke. All smoke is hazardous and potentially lethal at high enough concentrations. These dangerous carcinogens can enter the firefighters' bodies through absorption through the skin. PGI has developed a new line of fire fighting hoods we’ve named Cobra™ BarriAire™ which incorporates a proprietary Particulate Barrier fabric which we’ve strategically located in areas which have the greatest risk of exposure to the firefighters - the neck and jaw. These hoods maintain the exceptional stretch and recovery properties of our regular hoods allowing them to interface seamlessly with SCBA masks and mask hardware.  Additionally, the Particulate Barrier fabric is extremely supple and lightweight weighing only approximately .5 oz./sq. yd. – making it barely detectable. The fabric also has excellent breathability maintaining the comfort currently only attainable by hoods without a Particulate Barrier and allows body heat to escape around the neck and head reducing the likelihood of heat stress. Cobra™ BarriAire™ hoods were developed in an effort to reduce firefighter exposure to potentially dangerous and toxic particles routinely encountered while on a working call.

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Sawbuck Chainsaw Chaps saved my life

Sawbuck Chainsaw Chaps survivor – Kevin Schippman

I have been using a chainsaw for many many years and I've never experienced what happened the day your chaps got tested. I had just cut down a small oak tree about 8 inches in diameter. After I had the tree cut up I came back to the stump to cut it off closer to the ground. Rather than just moving the saw through the stump from right to left I was evidently rotating the saw around the stump. I'm assuming the momentum of the saw kept coming around in an arc. After the stump had been cut through, the saw then hit my leg above the knee (I was on my knees at the time) and the saw was instantly stopped by the chaps. Needless to say I was stunned and couldn't believe what had just happened.

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