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Nylon or Kevlar class II harness for bailout?

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  • Nylon or Kevlar class II harness for bailout?

    I signed up to Firehouse specifically to post on this topic. I am a rookie firefighter and I have spent months researching different options for bailout harnesses. I've narrowed my choices down to a class II escape harness with an A frame and left side buckle from RIT safety solutions (my turnout gear pants have sewn on belt loops that do not open/button/Velcro).

    Here's where the question comes in;
    Should I buy a nylon or a Kevlar escape harness?

    I know that the tensile strength of Kevlar is much higher than nylon as well as the melting point (Kevlar: 980 F---Nylon: about 430 F) however Kevlar is much more expensive than nylon.

    I know that FDNY issues the Gemtor harness which is nylon, and your bailout harness is only as strong as the rest of your gear and from my understanding a Scott air mask fails around 530 F.

    So what do you guys suggest?

    Thank you!

  • #2
    use what your department issues you --- and if they don't issue one -- find out the pros and cons from the guys you work with that have one.


    • #3
      My department does not issue any bailout system, truck belt, or eacape belt. I have the harness narrowed down to the RIT safety solutions but it comes in either kevlar or nylon.


      • #4
        Originally posted by M Horner View Post
        My department does not issue any bailout system, truck belt, or eacape belt. I have the harness narrowed down to the RIT safety solutions but it comes in either kevlar or nylon.
        duh -how much is your life worth ?-if you are certain you want one -pony up for Kevlar. I notice you are a rooky ---spend a thousand times more learning the skills that hopefully will keep you from using that high dollar harness -than researching a harness.


        • #5
          It not about the price. I just wanted people's opinion. Ive heard that nylon is more resistant to chemicals and does better under friction but Kevlar has a higher melting temp and tensile strength but I THINK it has a 10 year life spand as far as warranties and such because it degrades after so long but I'm not positive on that part. I brought up FDNY's harness and the fact that it is nylon because I didn't know if there were other benefits to going with nylon.
          Thank you for your thoughts


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