Boston Fire Department’s Bunker Gear Particulate Testing

Boston Fire Department’s Bunker Gear Particulate Testing

By Edward McCarthy, Logistics Manager, Boston Fire Department The Boston Fire Department (BFD) has a long and proud history, one that we take great pride in. Boston has been at the forefront of the fire industry for well over 300 years. It was the first fire department in North America, tracing its lineage back to 1678. In 1851, the BFD was the first department in the world to protect the city through the use of a public telegraph fire alarm system, a system still in operation today. The BFD operated the first fire engine, a hand engine, put into service in 1678. It was one of the first to purchase a steam engine, one of the first with a fire boat, one of the first to use radio for communication. We pushed for, helped develop, and were the first department in the country to use modern breathing apparatus. While we are proud of our past, we must also be focused on the future, and we must always strive to continually improve. The Cancer Threat Recently the fire service, and Boston in particular, has been struggling with the reality of an ever-increasing number of firefighters being affected by cancer. While the reasons for this are hotly debated, the effect has been devastating. In Boston, 1 in 6 members will develop cancer and some will never recover. We have taken many steps to reduce exposure to toxic substances, increased physical fitness programs, shown members the benefits of healthy diets, and created a host of post incident decontamination processes. However, we felt that there was more that could be done. One area...
Thanks to Firefighters Who Participated in ATHLETIX™ Virtual Reality Activity to Raise $25,000

Thanks to Firefighters Who Participated in ATHLETIX™ Virtual Reality Activity to Raise $25,000

We believe in giving back to the fire service and continued our partnership with the Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund at FDIC International 2017, the nation’s largest firefighter training conference and exhibition held April 27-29 in Indianapolis. FDIC was our official launch of ATHLETIX™, the world’s first turnout gear with stretch. We invited attendees to experience the unprecedented range of motion that is possible with the new ATHLETIX™ gear in a virtual reality experience for firefighters in the booth. Firefighters then spun a wheel to determine a donation ‒ $10, $20, $50, or $100 ‒ to the Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund in their name. Thanks to all the firefighters who participated, Globe donated $25,000 to the Fund. Terry Farrell was a father, a husband, a brother, and a dedicated firefighter who lost his life on September 11, 2001, during the World Trade Center attack. The Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund is made up of firefighters and family members who volunteer their time and energy to help fellow brothers, sisters, and departments in need. The fund operates annually on a budget of 1-3% and sustains itself through fundraising and the donations of individuals, fire departments, and corporate sponsors. National chapters are in Alabama, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Las Vegas, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and...
[Video] Globe Wearable Technology in SMARTER Research with Hanover Park Fire Department

[Video] Globe Wearable Technology in SMARTER Research with Hanover Park Fire Department

The ultimate goal of the SMARTER study (Science, Medicine, Research, Technology for Emergency Responders) going on now through most of 2018 is to reduce firefighter injuries and fatalities through the appropriate implementation of technology. Firefighters at the Hanover Park Fire Department in Illinois are wearing shirts designed by Globe that incorporate a physiologic status monitoring system developed by Zephyr. The firefighters wear the Globe shirts throughout their 24-hour shifts and physiologic data such as heart rate, estimated core body temperature, respiration rate, ECG, movement, and more are recorded via electronic modules that are snapped into the shirts. The data shows the impact of live field operations on their bodies. This research is being led by Skidmore College with collaborative support from University of California at Los Angeles, University of Illinois Fire Service Institute, U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, Fire Protection Research Foundation, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, Hanover Park (Illinois) Fire Department, Globe Manufacturing Company, Zephyr Medtronic, International Association of Firefighters, and...
What a difference a year makes!

What a difference a year makes!

By Rob Freese, Sr. Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Globe A year ago, we previewed ATHLETIX™ – the future of turnout gear – at FDIC. We took this opportunity to interact with thousands of firefighters over the course of the conference to continue our “Voice of the Customer” development process. We were on a mission not only to innovate for firefighter safety but also to delight firefighters with that protection. ATHLETIX™ represents a step-change in firefighter personal protective equipment. It’s downright radical. So we got as many firefighters into the gear as humanly possibly while we were at FDIC last year and gathered even more feedback on our imagination-come-to-life design. The result was that firefighters were delighted. And then the real work started. We re-engineered the materials to push their performance even further. We tweaked the fit based on what we observed from the thousands of you that tried on the gear. We acquired new equipment, modified our process flow, and worked through pilot production lots to commercialize our capacity for manufacturing this breakthrough style. And then we received UL certification to NFPA 1971. ATHLETIX™ is turnout gear like nothing you’ve ever experienced. At FDIC this year, we invite you to experience it for yourself in a virtual reality experience for firefighters in our booth. And if you think your department is ready for ATHLETIX™, talk to your Globe Regional Sales Manager and your Globe Dealer to discuss how you can wear the gear that you have always...
Can SMARTER Technology Reduce Firefighter Injuries and Fatalities?

Can SMARTER Technology Reduce Firefighter Injuries and Fatalities?

By Denise Smith, PhD, FACSM; Professor, Skidmore College; Principal Investigator, SMARTER Project Most of us are aware that technology is becoming increasingly prevalent. Almost every firefighter has a smart phone with impressive computing powers and the ability to provide extensive amounts of data upon demand. But, how does advancing technology affect the fire service? More importantly, how could technology make the fire service safer? SMARTER Project A new research project, called SMARTER, is focused on advancing technology to improve health and safety in the fire service. The SMARTER project (Science, Medicine, Research, Technology for Emergency Responders) aims to employ scientific advances, medical knowledge, research findings, and technological solutions to reduce firefighter injuries and fatalities. This research is being led by Skidmore College with collaborative support from University of California at Los Angeles, University of Illinois Fire Service Institute, U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, Fire Protection Research Foundation, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, Hanover Park (Illinois) Fire Department, Globe Manufacturing Company, Zephyr Medtronic, International Association of Firefighters, and others. This collaboration between scientists and technologists, fire service partners, and industry leaders kicked off in January in the Chicago area when researchers from Skidmore College, located in Saratoga Springs (NY), began an ongoing collaboration with the Hanover Park Fire Department. For the next 12 months Hanover Park personnel will wear specially designed monitoring equipment to collect physiologic data showing the impact of live field operations on their bodies. Addressing Firefighter Physiological Vulnerabilities Despite all the dangers on the fireground, it is the body’s own physiological response to firefighting that kills or injures most firefighters. A shocking number of firefighters are...
Globe Wins International Award for New ATHLETIX™ Turnout Gear

Globe Wins International Award for New ATHLETIX™ Turnout Gear

We are honored to announce that Globe was recently awarded the 2016 International Achievement Awards (IAA) Award of Excellence and Best in Category for Advanced Textiles. The award was presented by Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) at their IFAI Expo, the largest specialty fabrics trade show in the Americas, held in Charlotte, North Carolina, on October 20. We received the Award of Excellence and Best in Category for Advanced Textiles for our new ATHLETIX™ turnout gear, which is unlike any firefighter turnout gear today. The all-new athletic design with stretch fabrics allows a closer, body-contoured fit to provide unprecedented range of motion with less bulk, more flexibility, and lighter weight. Globe collaborated with three supplier partners on the development of the new materials that enable this all-new design: KOMBAT™ STRETCH PBI®/KEVLAR® fabric, manufactured by TenCate Protective Fabrics, allows closer, less bulky fit with unprecedented range of motion and more flexibility while providing premium thermal break open protection; NOMEX® NANO thermal barrier material, manufactured by DuPont Protection Solutions, is thinner, lighter, more flexible, more breathable, and quicker drying; and 3M™ SCOTCHLITE™ COMFORT TRIM reflective material, manufactured by 3M Company, is segmented and heat sealed to be lighter, more flexible, and breathable without sacrificing visibility. For more than six decades, IAA has recognized excellence in design and innovation, highlighting truly spectacular work in the specialty fabrics and technical textiles industry. IFAI received a total of 296 entries from 10 countries in 42 categories in this year’s competition. Winners were selected based on complexity, design, workmanship, uniqueness, and function. Judges included industry experts, editors, architects, educators, and design professionals. “At Globe, we...