Biloxi Fire Dept first to have new Athletix gear

The Biloxi Fire Department this week will become one of the first departments in the country to use turnout gear that employs protective cuffs to help reduce exposure to toxic substances. The new turnout gear also will have a revolutionary, lightweight design.

The new “Athletix” gear, produced by turnout gear pioneer Globe Manufacturing Co., uses PBI stretch fabric with Kevlar that allows a closer, body-contoured fit to provide unprecedented range of motion with less bulk, more flexibility, and lighter weight.

The addition of an “interface guard,” protective cuffs to help reduce exposure to toxic substances, was unveiled only months ago. It was originally designed especially for the Boston Fire Department. 

Story Courtesy of CITY OF BILOXI

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