1. FLAME RESISTANCE
Your station wear should be flame resistant (FR). This allows for added protection when your uniform is worn under turnout gear. Unlike 100-percent cotton or poly-cotton fibers, Nomex FR clothing won’t ignite, melt or drip when exposed to heat or flames. This provides the best possible chance to escape danger unharmed.
2. STANDARD COMPLIANCE
The NFPA 1975 standard for station wear strongly advises wearing apparel that will not contribute to burn injury. While it doesn’t mandate the use of FR station wear, we think it’s an important addition to turnout gear. FR clothing maximizes your chances of survival in dangerous situations. Period.
3. BUILT TO LAST
Your uniform should have both durable fabric and garment construction, so when the going gets tough, you can keep going.
The manufacturer should be able to guarantee your uniform will hold up to the strain of firefighting activities. You should also be able to trust that you’ll receive the same look, feel and performance, uniform after uniform.
Fire service is a distinguished field. As a public symbol for safety, bravery and strength, your appearance matters.
6. EASY CARE
Good FR station wear is easy to care for. With permanent press and permanent creases, no ironing should be needed to keep your uniform looking sharp, crisp and professional at all times.
7. RETAINS FIT & COLOR
Your fire service uniform should have a good level of color and fit retention with low shrinkage rates when laundered. In fire service, you’re a team and each member of the crew should look the part — same color, same fit — no matter what your uniform has been through.
Stretch your dollar! Your uniform should have a long lifespan, which means fewer replacements and less money spent over time.
9. MANUFACTURER SUPPORT
Your station wear manufacturer should offer personnel sizing, logo and patch management, and technical support. Whether you have questions, concerns or feedback on your uniform, your manufacturer should be equipped as a resource with friendly expert staff ready to support your needs.
10. TRUSTED BRAND
In fire service, you trust your life to the tools you use and the brands you wear. Make sure that your uniform comes from a company that has experience, a workmanship guarantee and is dedicated to serving the fire service industry.
For station wear that checks all ten of these boxes, get Workrite Uniform’s Fire Service line with Nomex® IIIA fabric. To share your thoughts on what’s important in fire service station wear, go to our Facebook page.