On plainclothes garments

Firefighter's plainclothes

The plainclothes firefighter's attire is worn when he is not in combat. In an emergency situation, the firefighter wears the combat uniform over plainclothes, that is, these clothes are also safety elements used in firefighting.

The firefighter is exposed to the most extreme risks in an operation, where all his equipment is tested to the maximum, and must provide maximum protection for fighting the flames. A single incorrectly specified component in a firefighter's clothing can compromise all protection. It is important to consider that unforeseen situations occur and that the combatant may have his inner clothing exposed to the fire environment, in which case, it cannot catch fire, as it would cause very serious injuries or even death.

To ensure maximum protection for the firefighter, all clothing used, including plainclothes, must be flame retardant. Increasingly, this investment must be considered, as having a non-FR component in a firefighter's suit is a dangerous and worrying fact. The NFPA, concerned with the protection of firefighters with regard to plainclothes clothing, developed the standard for the attire – NFPA 1975 – which specifies the minimum requirements for firefighter protection.

With this concept in mind, we at Santanense have developed a specific line of fabrics that are fully approved in the rules and guarantee the combatant's total protection. Our fabrics have the characteristics that every firefighter's garment must have: protection, durability, resistance and excellent aesthetics. It is not enough to comply with the standards, for us, it is our duty to exceed the standards of protection. The protection of those who take risks every day is priceless.

The ideal fabrics for plainclothes firefighters are Unipar and Nomex®ST. These fabrics are inherently flame retardant and form the first layer of protection for firefighters. In addition, they are soft and very comfortable, ensuring the mobility and resistance necessary for the corporation's activities.

When activated, the firefighter will wear combat clothing (primary protection) over plainclothes, made with Unipar or Nomex®ST, combining 2 levels of protection. In his aggressive and dangerous work environment, the firefighter faces many risks to save and protect lives. Therefore, the combatant must be guaranteed the maximum possible protection, using the best and most reliable equipment. Inner clothing must be a fundamental part of the composition of thermal protection, as it can be the firefighter's differential in the event of an accident. Wearing regular cotton and polyester clothing for this purpose is putting at risk those who heroically risk themselves every day in favor of society.