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VIKING introduces first NFPA fire suit with built-in TST
22
Jan '08
In the heat of battling a blaze, fire-fighters wearing highly-insulated fire suits may be unable to detect soaring temperatures before it's too late.

To monitor critical temperatures, VIKING Life-Saving Equipment introduces the first NFPA fire suit with built-in Thermal Sensor Technology (TST). Lightweight and flexible, this "intelligent" clothing indicates fire-fighters to critical temperatures that cause heat stress and burn.

Integrated thermal sensors in the inner and outer layers of the coat monitor heat near the fire-fighter, as well as inside the coat close to the body. Sensors are attached via a conductive ribbon to LED displays on the sleeve and back of the left shoulder.

The shoulder LED display is visible to other fire-fighters, indicating them to potentially dangerous situations. The LED on the lower sleeve indicates elevated heat levels both inside and outside their fire suit. As an indication, the display's outer circle flashes slowly when external emperatures reach about 250°C.

Indicating the precious seconds between safety and injury, at 350°C, it flashes rapidly. When the temperature inside the garment reaches about 50°C, the long line on the display flashes slowly. At 68°C it flashes rapidly.

A small box in the inner liner of the coat contains a battery and an innovative control chip that calculates temperature and activates the LED displays. Sensors are protected by a flexible waterproof and heat resistant thermo plastic material.

No maintenance is required, only the battery needs to be changed. The durable VIKING fire suit with built-in TST microelectronics can withstand at least 25 wash cycles.

VIKING is a market leader in maritime safety, providing and servicing essential safety equipment for passenger and cargo ships, offshore installations, fishing vessels, yachts, and defence and fire-fighting industries.

VIKING LIFE-SAVING EQUIPMENT A/S

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