Firefighters and EMTs face a number of hazards when they’re on the job. By wearing NFPA 1975–approved uniforms, clothing won’t be one of those hazards. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) first established these standards in 1985 to set guidelines for fire-, heat- and flame-resistance of firefighter station uniforms. These guidelines have been updated and revised a number of times since then, with the 2014 edition being the latest version of NFPA 1975. Wearing certified fire-resistant clothing such as uniform shirts, pants and shorts will provide additional protection during the situations firefighters face.
The Requirements of NFPA 1975
The NFPA 1975 codes address station uniforms rather than primary work uniforms for emergency services. While these uniforms are generally considered more casual apparel, they often are also worn underneath personal protective equipment. As such, NFPA 1975-2014 requires that station apparel is made of flame-resistant and/or thermally stable materials. It also specifies design and performance standards and sets a testing procedure for approval. The newest NFPA 1975 standards even introduce optional performance requirements for odor, water or insect resistance.
Notably, NFPA 1975 differentiates between natural fabrics, Aramids and synthetics. Cotton and Aramids retain their flame resistance for their entire lifespan. Conversely, synthetics such as polyester and nylon will by default melt and turn to molten resin after prolonged exposure to flames, which worsens burn injuries. In order to meet NFPA 1975 certification, these synthetics must be given a flame-retardant treatment that remains demonstrably effective after 100 laundry cycles.
Flame-Resistant Station Apparel
Blauer has a full line of NFPA 1975 station shirts, pants and shorts for men and women. This apparel is made from either 100 percent cotton or Nomex® IIIA fabrics that are sturdy, comfortable and breathable. Each garment has been tested and proven for use by emergency responders who need fire and heat resistance from their station apparel. Browse our selection to find clothing in different sizes and colors to meet your performance requirements.