The Republic of Chile Chooses Armor AP + Glide Thermal Liner

Greenville, SC, (July 2015) — Armor AP and Glide, the high performance fabric brands of Safety Components, Inc . have been selected as the fabrics of choice to protect firefighters within The Republic of Chile. The Republic of Chile is served by approximately 40,000 volunteer firefighters. T he central government will assist in the funding to provide firefighters with next level personal protective garments.

Some 6000 Chilean firefighters will be donning this new turnout gear over the next three years. The garments will be designed and manufactured by Lion Apparel. The ensemble will combine an Armor AP outer shell, offering improved flexibility and enhanced heat and thermal protection with a Glide Thermal liner, for a cooler and more comfortable feel. More importantly, the gear weighs less, and will aid these brave men and women to move quicker while reducing heat stress, as they do their part to protect people and property throughout their country.

Joey Underwood, Safety Components, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, stated, “The Republic of Chile has a proud tradition of volunteer service. And, these volunteer firefighters are as well trained and professional as any in the world and, they too deserve the best in personal protective equipment. At Safety Components we listen to the fire service, and devote every resource at our disposal to improving the performance of turnout gear with our outer shells and thermal liners. Our entire team would like to salute The Central Government of the Republic of Chile, their volunteer firefighters and the team at Lion Apparel for their faith and dedication in our products.”

During the past 15 years Safety Components has led the fire service by developing more outer shell and thermal liner fabric innovations than any other textile company in the world. Safety Components’ outer shells contain a patented, durable, water repellent finish that offers safer, lighter, and dryer gear. These same outer shell fabrics also contain solution dyed fibers for the highest resistance to fading after thermal exposure. 

Safety Components, Inc. (SCI) is the market leader in technology driven fabric solutions for high performance textiles. The main focus of SCI is to design and manufacture textiles for markets including: first responders (fire service, USAR & EMS), military, outdoor fabrics, aerospace escape slides, fuel cells, and automotive air bag fabrics. A division of International Textile Group, the SCI manufacturing facility is located on 22 acres in Greenville, South Carolina.

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