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    Our department just outfitted all our interior firefighters with a new set of Globe turnout gear, I've found it wears like a cardboard sheet, not being a "crusty jake" quite yet I was wondering if anyone had any tips on how to break the gear in so it's nice and comfy :-) Thanks...
    NYS FF1/AEMT-CC
    IAEP Local 152
    "You stopped being in charge when I showed up"

  • #2
    I washed the exterior with a tad of gentle detergent and it helped a little. I own my gear, but you would need to consult with the dealer and see if that is ok with the warranty and all.

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    • #3
      Apparently they put a while lot of starch in it, I have a brand new set of bunker gear, I spent 9 hours at a fire Monday night and sent it off to be cleaned. When it comes back it will be just as stiff as ever, it may be months before it begins to become more supple
      A'int No Rocket Scientist's in The Firehall

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      • #4
        No starch

        As a dealer for Firefighter's clothing I have had extensive training relating to the fabrics. I can tell you that I know of NOTHING that says or shows there is starch in the fabric. I will tell you that it has to do with the construction (weave) of the fabric.

        I will surmize that you have either Basofil or Advance if you read the book that comes with it as required by NFPA you will see that it says to launder it in using appropriate cleaning solutions prior to use. Additionally, any good sales rep will tell your department that if you wash it three (3) times it "activates" the fibers in the fabric and your TPP will increase in the Advance or Basofil Fabric. This holds true for all the manufacturers since most all of them purchase their fabrics from the same places.

        For guides on cleaning the gear go to www.turnoutgearcleaner.com
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        The comments, opinions, and positions expressed here are mine. They are expressed respectfully, in the spirit of safety and progress. They do not reflect the opinions or positions of my employer or my department.

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        • #5
          As stated above, if you have an extractor at your station, run it through a few times, comes out perfect.

          Of course, fires help too

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          • #6
            Two or three all day drills will help but if you can't wait;wash it!Two or three complete soaking work wonders to loosen things up.T.C,

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            • #7
              Step 1 Drill in it, Sweat in it, Drill in it, Sweat in it, Drill in it, wash it.
              Step 2. Same as step one.
              It just takes time. Ian

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              • #8
                work it

                Our Globe gear starts out feeling the same way, but after a couple weeks of work or one or two good fires it's just fine!
                "The more we sweat in training, the less we bleed in battle."

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