and vertical darts as well as pants with a lower rise and improved
fit through the seat, waist, and thighs. Regardless of gender, a
proper fit helps ensure FR station wear effectively covers the body
and reduces the risk of it getting caught on something, potentially
endangering the wearer. Bottom line: The better that FR station
wear fits, the better protection it provides.
Given the wide selection of FR station wear available today,
there is really no reason to choose anything else. As one of the
primary options in NFPA 1975, FR station wear provides an
added layer of protection beyond what turnout gear alone can
provide—maximizing firefighters’ chances of survival if the
worst should happen. Plus, FR station wear often has a more
professional appearance than nonFR products, and its exceptional durability can make it more practical in the short term
and more cost-effective in the long term.
Communities rely on firefighters for protection, but to
effectively protect their communities, firefighters must also
protect themselves. FR station wear is one more important way
to put safety first.
For questions related to safety requirements, product performance,
and industry standards, contact the author at 1-800-521-1888 or
Mark Saner is the FR technical manager for Workrite Uniform Company, a position
he has held since he joined the company in 2006. He brings more than 35 years
of experience in the fire and safety industries to his work, including 29 years in
technical support, safety standards, and product development for Akron Brass
Manufacturing Company. Saner participates as a voting member within a number
of national and international safety organizations to help develop, revise, influence, and further improve standards for worker safety.
Letter to the Editor
Praise for FireRescue
columnist David Rhodes
I’m a retired career firefighter who currently works as a
Kentucky fire rescue instructor. I’ve read numerous arti-
cles attempting to explain the UL/NIST findings. Some of
the articles were very informative but open to misinterpre-
tation. I’ve attended great SLICERS/DICERS classes along
with FDIC UL/NIST classes and seminars, again open to
misinterpretation. What drives me crazy in the past seven
years are all the fire departments and fire instructors who
have totally misconstrued the findings.
While David Rhodes has always authored great articles,
he has basically hit a home run in Parts 3 and 4 of
“Science for Dummies Like Me.” He takes his practical
knowledge of fighting fires (not just training burns) and
his UL/NIST panel knowledge to write, in my opinion, two
of the best articles explaining how the scientific findings
and good common sense firefighting can save lives. Great
information from a great author via a great magazine!