VIKING ON FIRE AT INTERSCHUTZ
Far from promoting step-by-step improvements to existing products, the company will be showcasing innovative leaps in product development that tackle key firefighting issues.
“VIKING has the advantage of being an international player,” says Vice President Jens Peter Kruse at VIKING. “We develop fire suits for different markets and requirements, so we can bring innovations and practices to Interschutz from all around the world.”
New detachable outer shell concept
Topping the bill is the all-new VIKING Guardian. Reacting to growing evidence of illness from exposure to dangerous particles among firefighters, VIKING’s most radical fire suit re-design, known as the VIKING Guardian, is purpose-built to provide its wearer with an entirely new level of protection.
“Exposure to carcinogens and other dangerous particles is a serious concern for firefighters and support personnel, and their families, too,” says Jens Peter Kruse, VIKING’s Vice President for PPE. “These particles can be found on fire suits and can contaminate the fire truck, be carried back to the firehouse, and even back home.”
VIKING Guardian features an outer shell that can easily be removed by the firefighter after attending a fire, leaving inner liner to be worn during the return to base. Before getting into the fire truck, the outer shell is placed in a dissolvable washing bag. In this way, particles on the outer surface can be removed from close contact, and are less likely to transfer to the firehouse, reducing risks during washing, storage and other routine tasks. Guardian’s outer shell materials are available in VIKING Icon™ made of PBI® and a DuPont™ Nomex® option, Hainsworth® TITAN.
VIKING MACS EN 469 suit enables firefighters to personalize their suit more than ever before. The new features include a military-inspired system of webbed loops that can be used to attach modular pouches, pockets or other equipment.
“Anyone who has done military service will be familiar with the modular, adjustable system incorporated into combat gear and backpacks to carry various kinds of accessories,” says Jens Peter Kruse “We’ve built this capability into VIKING MACS, making it possible for firefighters to quickly and easily personalize the individual features e.g. pockets, d-rigs etc.so it won’t interfere with other equipment.”
Modular reconfiguration isn’t the only flexibility to be designed into the new suits, however. Pre-bent elbows and knees, detachable internal kneepads, and removable under-boot straps are all aimed at ensuring maximum freedom of movement. VIKING has placed reinforcements of Dupont™ Kevlar® at key wear areas such as shoulders, elbows and cuffs, and there is a wide range of outer shells to choose from.
High visibility technical rescue suit
Extreme breathability, flame resistance and waterproofing in a lightweight, high visibility, material – these are the key features of VIKING’s Technical Rescue Suit, a multi-protective, multi-purpose garment that can be viewed and tried on by visitors to VIKING’s stand.
Made from a special combination of GORE-TEX® Varde 2L with belting of Kermel® mesh, the Technical Rescue suit recognizes the fact that over 90 percent of rescue operations don’t demand high-risk fire and flashover protection. Instead, firefighters need to be able to move freely, act quickly and keep on working for hours on end. The suit’s unique, form-fitted design can dissipate radiant heat, reject static electricity and keep out rain while delivering best-in-class breathability.
Ready with the answers
Meet us at Interschutz booth 12-D66 and hear more about the new groundbreaking designs.