New Turnout Gear Trim Made with 3M Scotchlite Helps Firefighters Move

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As firefighters’ jobs have evolved, so has their need for high-performance gear that holds up to demanding service calls with extreme conditions. 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material — Series 5600 Fire Coat Comfort Trim is a segmented, stitch-free trim designed for greater flexibility and mobility. NFPA-certified, the new design helps make turnout gear more comfortable to wear.

Traditionally, turnout gear trim has been sewn onto the garments, resulting in an elevated trim that tends to be stiffer and can be prone to snagging, especially in close quarters. Series 5600 Fire Coat Comfort Trim laminates onto fabric, creating a flatter surface with minimal catch-points. Because the reflective material is segmented, it is much more flexible, conforming to the gear’s fabric and the firefighter’s movements. Heavy duty fire coats with Series 5600 Fire Coat Comfort Trim are more flexible even when new.

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