SOURCE: Workrite Uniform Company, Inc.

Workrite Uniform Company, Inc.

January 21, 2015 12:44 ET

Workrite Uniform: Top 10 Things to Consider When Buying Station Wear

OXNARD, CA--(Marketwired - Jan 21, 2015) - Fire departments respond to tens of thousands of emergency medical, fire, rescue and public service calls each year. Lives depend on these firefighters, and their lives depend on their gear. Unfortunately, when put to the test, some popular fire service station wear just can't withstand the heat. So when it comes to station wear, how do you know if your uniform has your back?

To help kick through the clutter and get down to what matters, Workrite Uniform is proud to present the "Top 10 Things to Consider When Buying Station Wear." Read on to learn how you can make sure your clothing is working as hard as you.

TOP 10 THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING STATION WEAR:

1. FLAME RESISTANCE
Your station wear should be flame resistant (FR). This allows for added protection when your uniform is worn under turnout gear. Unlike 100-percent cotton or poly-cotton fibers, Nomex FR clothing won't ignite, melt or drip when exposed to heat or flames. This provides the best possible chance to escape danger unharmed.

2. STANDARD COMPLIANCE
The NFPA 1975 standard for station wear strongly advises wearing apparel that will not contribute to burn injury. While it doesn't mandate the use of FR station wear, we think it's an important addition to turnout gear. FR clothing maximizes your chances of survival in dangerous situations. Period.

3. BUILT TO LAST
Your uniform should have both durable fabric and garment construction, so when the going gets tough, you can keep going.

4. QUALITY
The manufacturer should be able to guarantee your uniform will hold up to the strain of firefighting activities. You should also be able to trust that you'll receive the same look, feel and performance, uniform after uniform.

5. STYLE
Fire service is a distinguished field. As a public symbol for safety, bravery and strength, your appearance matters.

6. EASY CARE
Good FR station wear is easy to care for. With permanent press and permanent creases, no ironing should be needed to keep your uniform looking sharp, crisp and professional at all times.

7. RETAINS FIT & COLOR
Your fire service uniform should have a good level of color and fit retention with low shrinkage rates when laundered. In fire service, you're a team and each member of the crew should look the part -- same color, same fit -- no matter what your uniform has been through.

8. VALUE
Stretch your dollar! Your uniform should have a long lifespan, which means fewer replacements and less money spent over time.

9. MANUFACTURER SUPPORT
Your station wear manufacturer should offer personnel sizing, logo and patch management, and technical support. Whether you have questions, concerns or feedback on your uniform, your manufacturer should be equipped as a resource with friendly expert staff ready to support your needs.

10. TRUSTED BRAND
In fire service, you trust your life to the tools you use and the brands you wear. Make sure that your uniform comes from a company that has experience, a workmanship guarantee and is dedicated to serving the fire service industry.

For station wear that checks all ten of these boxes, get Workrite Uniform's Fire Service line with Nomex® IIIA fabric. To share your thoughts on what's important in fire service station wear, go to www.facebook.com/WorkriteUniform.

ABOUT WORKRITE UNIFORM COMPANY, INC.
Founded in 1973, Workrite Uniform Company, Inc. has delivered high-quality flame-resistant (FR) workwear for more than 40 years. They are also the leading supplier for FR station wear for fire service. An ISO 9001:2008-certified company, Workrite Uniform is solely focused on the development and manufacturing of FR clothing. Workrite Uniform is an affiliate of Williamson-Dickie Manufacturing Co. ("Dickies"), the number-one global workwear brand. Today, Workrite Uniform offers three top-quality FR brands -- Workrite® FR, Dickies® FR and Walls® FR. For more information on Workrite Uniform, visit www.workrite.com.

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