Fire Containment Concepts invested a great amount time and resources while searching for the right pair of fire resistant gloves to accompany our system. The company sought to provide EFCS users not only protection from fire and heat but also from electrical shock, all while offering superior hand dexterity. Realizing this was a difficult task at best, our company sought out the leading manufactures in the firefighting and industrial protective clothing industries, tested numerous gloves, and ultimately chose to work with a company that has been protecting aircraft mechanics hands for years, Mechanix Wear. Working directly with Mechanix Wear designers, we created the FCC Thermal-Guard gloves; a modified pair of gloves already used to protect pit crews and fire rescue members in the racing industry. These gloves meet the needs and specifications of the EFCS and are useful personal protective equipment (PPE) in the aviation industry where fire protection and hand dexterity are essential.
FCC Thermal-Guard Gloves are constructed with a sturdy CarbonX® lined genuine leather palm and backed with three top layers of fire-retardant CarbonX® stretch-knit with SFI Level 10 protection. The high-density accordion knuckle protects during extreme situations while the extended elastic cuff holds the glove securely in place. Meets or exceeds SFI 3.3/10 specifications. ARC 41.8.
FCC Thermal-Guard gloves provide exceptional thermal protection when exposed to both direct flame and radiant heat. After extensive flammability, shrinkage, and TPP testing comparisons between the leading FR fabrics used in most fire retardant gloves and CarbonX® used, based on the auto racing industry SFI standards, the results show CarbonX used in FCC Thermal-Guard is a superior product. At approximately 600° f., the leading FR fabrics burn, begin to shrink while charring, then crack and decompose. This is all in about 10 seconds. Under flammability testing, the FR fabrics will ignite and they often have problems passing the shrinkage test. Under the same conditions, the effects on CarbonX® are minuscule. It even disburses the heat energy and will take about 60 seconds before the heat will start penetrating the next layer of fabric. CarbonX® will not ignite or burn even when exposed to temperatures exceeding 2600° f. for over 90 seconds. Material shrinkage, or moisture retention, it is minimal with CarbonX®.