Nomex Donations Support Fallen Firefighters | DuPont™ Nomex® TA Newsletter Volume 4

New Donation Program Supports NFFF’s Mission

New Donation Program Supports NFFF’s Mission

On October 26, 2017, DuPont Protection Solutions announced that it entered into a donor relationship with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF). Between October 2017 and December 2018, DuPont Protection Solutions will donate a portion of its proceeds to NFFF for every thermal liner made with Nomex® Nano and for every hood made with Nomex® Nano Flex sold by authorized licensees in the United States, up to a maximum donation of $100,000.

“We are proud to partner with DuPont Protection Solutions on this program since both organizations have an unwavering commitment to improving protection for firefighters,” said Chief Ronald Jon Siarnicki, Executive Director, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. “We are confident that this program will greatly complement our efforts in supporting and honoring the memory of our fallen firefighters.”

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF)Established by the U.S. Congress in 1992, the nonprofit NFFF has led a nationwide effort to memorialize America’s fallen firefighters. Along with a range of survivor-support services and other programs, the NFFF maintains the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial, a monument dedicated to career and volunteer fallen firefighters from around the United States, located on the campus of the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Constructed in 1981, the site features plaques listing the names of fallen firefighters. Each year, a memorial service is held to honor them.

Focused on Protecting and Honoring

The theme of the DuPont Protection Solutions/NFFF program is “Innovating to Protect. Donating to Honor.” The program focuses on how innovation can help better protect firefighters in two critical areas—heat stress and particulate exposures—and honors them and the communities they serve by giving a portion of those innovation profits to an organization they respect and support.

This program dovetails with a major initiative recently launched by NFFF to reduce line-of-duty firefighter deaths by 25 percent in five years by mitigating heat stress and reducing particulate exposures. The two next-generation products featuring Nomex® in this program—thermal liners made with Nomex® Nano and flame-resistant (FR) hoods made with Nomex® Nano Flex material—were Next-generation Firefighter Protectionengineered by DuPont licensees with precisely these objectives in mind.

Next-generation Firefighter Protection

Next-generation Firefighter Protection

Nomex® Nano can help reduce the weight and bulk of current turnout gear systems, helping provide firefighters with increased mobility to reduce heat stress—which is now the cause of more firefighter injuries than any other single factor.

Nomex® Nano Flex helps make products like firefighter hoods more protective against particles without compromising comfort. The addition of Nomex® Nano Flex to a firefighter hood composite structure provides improved particle barrier protection in the neckline and upper jaw area that historically are known to be the most vulnerable and least protected.

“We actively support NFFF and believe that no other single organization works harder to honor the memory of firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty,” said John Richard, Aramids Global Business Director with DuPont Protection Solutions. “It’s our great honor to be able to support the NFFF’s mission in such a direct way.”

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