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The Quest for Safer Firefighter Gear: PFAS-Free Coatings and Impermea Materials

By prioritizing the safety and well-being of firefighters while ensuring the performance of the gear, Impermea Materials is revolutionizing the industry and leading the way toward a safer, more sustainable future.

Firefighters are true heroes, risking their lives to protect communities from the ravages of fire. Due to this, firefighter gear is a vital line of defense, providing crucial protection against the dangers they face. However, it is essential to address the presence of PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) in traditional coatings used in firefighter gear. PFAS chemicals have raised concerns due to their potential health and environmental risks. In this article, we will explore the issue of PFAS in firefighter gear and delve into the groundbreaking solution provided by Impermea Materials through their PFAS-free, fire-retardant coating innovation, OLEO-TEX + FR 1120

Firefighter gear traditionally incorporates coatings that contain PFAS chemicals, known for their advantageous properties such as water and oil repellency. Nonetheless, addressing the concealed hazards associated with our frontline equipment is imperative. PFAS, short for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, exists in conventional firefighter protective clothing, also known as 'turnout gear.' Extensive research has established a connection between PFAS and severe health concerns, including cancer, hormone disruption, and fertility issues. These persistent chemicals have the potential to accumulate in the environment, posing long-term risks to both ecosystems and humanity. Recognizing the necessity for safer alternatives, Impermea Materials has revolutionized the field by developing groundbreaking solutions that eliminate PFAS while upholding firefighter gear's performance and safety standards.

Impermea Materials’ innovative OLEO-TEX + FR 1120 represents a significant advancement in coating technology for firefighter gear. This ready-to-use formula combines superoleophobic and superhydrophobic properties with an added flame-retardant finish, making it a comprehensive solution for enhancing safety and performance. 

Key Benefits of OLEO-TEX + FR 1120: 

PFAS-Free and Non-Toxic: OLEO-TEX + FR 1120 is entirely free from harmful fluorochemicals (100% Fluorine & PFAS-free). By eliminating these substances, Impermea Materials prioritizes the health and well-being of firefighters and the enviroment. 

Flame Retardant Properties: OLEO-TEX + FR 1120 includes a flame retardant finish, providing an added layer of protection to prevent burning and slowing down the spread of fire. This crucial feature enhances the safety of firefighters’ turnout gear. 

Exceptional Repellency: OLEO-TEX + FR 1120 repels both oil-based and water-based liquids, ensuring that the gear remains free from potential contaminants and maintains the gear’s effectiveness in hazardous situations. 

Durability and Breathability: This innovative coating technology maintains the breathability of firefighter gear, allowing for comfort and flexibility while ensuring long-lasting performance in demanding conditions. 

Versatile Application: OLEO-TEX + FR 1120 has been successfully applied to various textile substrates, including cotton, linen, rayon, polyester, denim, nylon, spandex, and canvas. Its versatility allows widespread implementation in firefighter apparel such as turnout gear, undergarments, etc. Aside from the firefighter industry, this product has also been applied to upholstery, car fabric interior, and more. 

PFAS in traditional coatings used in firefighter gear has raised concerns about health and environmental risks. Impermea Materials addresses this critical issue with their pioneering solution, OLEO-TEX + FR 1120. This PFAS-free, 100% fluorine-free coating innovation offers exceptional oil and water repellency, flame retardant properties, durability, and breathability. By prioritizing the safety and well-being of firefighters while ensuring the performance of the gear, Impermea Materials is revolutionizing the industry and leading the way toward a safer, more sustainable future. Let’s protect those who protect us through advancements like OLEO-TEX + FR 1120



Impermea Materials, formerly known as DetraPel Industrial, is an advanced materials company based in Massachusetts that synthesizes and manufactures the highest-performing barrier solutions, which are PFAS-free and plastic-free. Our paper & paperboard packaging product line allows customers to unlock repulpable, recyclable, compostable, and PFAS-free product innovation. We offer customizable oil & grease resistant (OGR), moisture/water vapor transmission barrier (MVTR), fan-apart adhesives, and release coatings enabling customers to win new business and gain additional market share. Our products replace existing coatings that do not allow materials like paper to replace plastic due to a lack of performance. Traditional solutions in the market are facing regulatory action due to PFAS, Plastic, or other less sustainable materials. Our solutions provide an offering that genuinely outperforms legacy technologies without sacrificing the sustainability you need.


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