ELKTON, Md. (October 9, 2017) – W. L. Gore & Associates announced that its GORE® Particulate Hood is the first particulate hood to be certified to the new 2018 Edition of the NFPA 1971 Standard, Standard on Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting.

Manufactured and distributed by Majestic Fire Apparel, this hood is currently the only certified choice that

  • blocks more potentially harmful particulates than any other hood1 — 99.9% of particles between 0.1 and 1.0 microns in size,
  • maintains this 99.9% level of protection even after 100 wash cycles, and
  • delivers proven reliability and durability backed by system-level testing.
Gore Particulate Hood

The GORE® Particulate Hood provides certified particulate-blocking throughout the entire hood — not just in selected areas. Proven with both the testing specified in the Standard and system-level testing done by an independent laboratory, this exceptionally durable hood maintains its 99.9% level of particulate-blocking performance for at least 100 wash cycles. The hood also has an inspection port that enables firefighters to visually inspect the protective barrier.

According to Holly Blake, North American product manager, the Gore team worked to ensure that the hood maintains its 99.9% protective performance beyond the 20 wash cycles required by the Standard. “The fire industry has learned that it is extremely important to wash hoods after every call, so we knew that we needed to provide a durable product that could withstand frequent washing,” she said. “Having a hood that maintains its protection for only a few weeks is really not an option, so we verified that the GORE® Particulate Hood would meet or exceed both the Standard’s Particulate-Blocking test and system-level testing after 100 washes. In fact, the level of protection maintained by Gore’s hood is higher after 100 washes than the protection level of other particulate hoods when they are new.”

Available in two knit options — Ultra C6.2 (black) and Nomex® blend (white), the GORE® Particulate Hood is being sold through Majestic Fire Apparel’s dealers. Contact your dealer to order your GORE® Particulate Hood today. For more information, visit majhoods.com/Gore or GoreHoods.com.

1 Excludes hoods using moisture barriers

About Majestic Fire Apparel

Majestic Fire Apparel, Inc. is a premier manufacturer of fire retardant hoods, accessories, and ARC-rated apparel. With facilities located in Lehighton, Pennsylvania, Majestic is an ISO 9001 registered company that maintains a compliant Quality Management System. MFA is committed to the pursuit of better products that achieve optimal benefits for the fire service. The company’s focus on quality and new product development has attributed to its success in serving customers in the fire and safety industry for almost 20 years. www.majhoods.com

About Gore

W. L. Gore & Associates is a global materials science company dedicated to transforming industries and improving lives. Founded in 1958, Gore has built a reputation for solving complex technical challenges in the most demanding environments — from revolutionizing the outerwear industry with GORE-TEX® fabric to creating medical devices that improve and save lives to enabling new levels of performance in the aerospace, pharmaceutical and mobile electronics markets, among other industries. The company is also known for its strong, team-oriented culture and continued recognition from the Great Place to Work® Institute. Headquartered in Newark, Delaware, Gore employs approximately 10,000 Associates. www.gore.com

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