Firefighter Fabrics

Firefighter Fabrics

Seven out of 10 U.S. firefighters wear textiles made by TenCate Protective Fabrics. Learn more about the outer shells and thermal barriers.

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Industrial Safety

Industrial Safety

Utility linemen, electricians, oil/gas workers, welders, miners and more choose the most comfortable FR fabrics from us.

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Military FR Fabrics

Military FR Fabrics

TenCate Protective Fabrics supplies U.S. ground troops with the most innovative and protective textiles, all made in the U.S.A.

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TenCate Protective Fabrics Provides the Best FR Fabrics

Protection that Never Washes Out or Wears Away

TenCate Protective Fabrics creates and manufactures inherently flame-resistant textiles for firefighters, utility linemen and electricians, oil and gas workers, military and security and just about anyone who needs protection from fire and thermal events.

In a sometimes dangerous world, people have trusted these made in America FR fabrics for 90 years. This is why TenCate produces more inherently FR fabrics than anyone else in the world and why more workers who wear PPE trust TenCate to protect them so they can get to the things that matter most.

Inherently Flame-Resistant Forever and Ever and Ever...

At our four American manufacturing plants, TenCate Protective Fabrics makes FR fabrics that begin flame resistant and remain flame resistant forever. That means today and tomorrow. If some archaeologist digs up our fabrics in the distant future, our fabric will still be FR fabrics.

TenCate doesn't suggest protection for the "life of the garment." Our fabrics are always flame resistant.

TenCate Protective Fabrics makes FR fabrics that's protective from the yarn up, making sure the wearer is always protected.

Coolderm Technology Indicates Enhanced Comfort

Many FR fabrics — including TenCate Tecasafe Plus — incorporate Coolderm Technology.

With many features like active moisture wicking, evaporative cooling, softness and hypoallergenic FR fabrics, Coolderm Technology provides a cross-platform of textile solutions that make TenCate Protective Fabrics the one stop for all your PPE needs.


With TenCate, You Never Worry About Textiles Treated with Harsh, Fire-Retardant Chemicals

Many cotton and cotton-blend fabrics like 88/12 use a fire-retardant chemical added at the end of the fabric manufacturing process. This fire-retardant chemical provides the defense against cotton going up in flames or preventing the polyester or nylon melting into the wearer's skin.

After all, cotton and the fibers blended with cotton are naturally flammable.

The chemical treatment might stick to the cotton or cotton-blend fibers, but only if the specialized laundering instructions are followed.

Even then, the guidelines will promise some level of protection for the "life of the garment," but that's usually a limited warranty for a certain number of washes.

And would you want to trust that the invisible protection added to cotton, 88/12 or other cotton blends continues to be effective if you can't see it or detect it?

All of the FR fabrics made by TenCate Protective Fabrics are inherently FR fabrics — meaning we don't use any fire-retardant chemicals as protection. Our proprietary blends are flame resistant without the aid of harsh chemicals.

In fact, some of our FR fabrics are hypoallergenic.

Because TenCate Protective Fabrics doesn't need to add a fire retardant chemical to our FR fabrics, the wearer isn't exposed to chemicals that could irritate the skin.

The Best Fabrics for Firefighter Turnout Gear

Seven out of 10 U.S. firefighters wear FR textiles from TenCate Protective Fabrics.

That's because our outer shells are absolutely the most durable available today. And our most recent introductions show that TenCate can keep that toughness and make outer shells comfortable.

Combine our incredibly soft and slick thermal barriers that incorporate Coolderm Technology and you've got a winning composite combination.

FR Fabrics for the Military and Other Security Forces

TenCate Protective Fabrics long supplied the U.S. Military with FR fabrics including TenCate Defender M. Ground troops in Afghanistan and Iraq wore Defender M FR fabrics to protect them from thermal events. Now the team at TenCate Research & Development further enhanced the defensive characteristics of FR fabrics including against improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

TenCate Outer Shells vs. Competition

Firefighters can rely on the durability of our outer shells versus the competition. In laboratory tests, outer shells from TenCate Protective Fabrics performed better in taber abrasion tests.
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