Firefighter Equipment : Firefighter Turnout Coat Uses

Firefighter Equipment : Firefighter Turnout Coat Uses


One of the pieces of protective firefighting
ensemble, that firefighters wear for the protection from fire and heat, is the turn out coat or
bunker coat. The turn out coat, or bunker coat is comprised of an outer shell which
is some type of fire retardant material. Now, many believe that a firefighters gear is fire
proof, this is not true. Firefighters gear is fire resistant. In actuality, a firefighters
turn out clothing, comprised of the coat and pants will start to degrade and break down
after about three seconds of direct flame contact. Also, the gear does not have to be
physically damaged by fire, to cause a firefighter a burn injury. Beyond the outer shell, there’s
also an inner liner that’s comprised of a moisture barrier, to keep steam from coming
through, and hot water from run off, from flame contact, and an inner liner made for
thermal reasons to keep that heat out. Unfortunately, today’s turn out clothing does such a good
job that it not only keeps the heat out for a short period of time, it also keeps the
firefighters body heat in, so heat exhaustion becomes a very big concern when wearing a
firefighters piece of turn out clothing, such as the coat.

11 Replies to “Firefighter Equipment : Firefighter Turnout Coat Uses”

  1. Ok story Time! lol. I was in a flashover recognition course, and for anyone who doesn't know. In this type of course we just watch Fire behaviour during rollover and pre flashover. One Firefighter was about 6'5 feet tall. He couldn't get low enough on the floor when the flames rolled… his gear had came in direct contact and ended up breaking down. Black turnout gear will turn red where direct flame has been in contact. Yellow gear I believe will turn black.

  2. do you wanna bet $1,000,000 im a junior volunteer firefighter i dont go to house fires i go to grassfires and training at the fire hall and help with cleaning trucks hoses B.A masks and filling up B.A tanks with air for them and theres two more kids both 13 on it too

  3. HAHA I did…it took a flat out balls crazy run across the street before i thought and actually did stop drop and roll… we were playing with nondairy creamer and fire (it's an oxidizer)…oops I laugh at it now because i just finished training at a fire department around here and now i'm a lot more calm and collected in chaos… but yeah i definitely didn't so i tend to assume that other civilians might not

  4. heck if a house is about to flash and im on nozzle im fallin on my back with full fog on top of me hoping the maker of my gear did a good job.

  5. Im having a hard time finding what temperatures the thing can withstand though, how much direct flame can it endure and how much non direct?

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