Fiery Demo Underscores Virtues of Flame-Resistant Garments

Published 10.27.2015


With onlookers cordoned at a safe distance, Thermo-Man is engulfed in flames.DuPont's demonstration unit is prepped for another performance.Brian Foy highlights the protective properties of DuPont's Nomex clothing line.Tuesday's demonstration draws an interested industry crowd.Truly protective clothing is discolored by the flames, but retains its integrity ... and saves the life of its wearer. (Photo by David C. Pistner, director of special projects for Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Penn College)Representatives of DuPont, joined by a silent (yet effective) business partner, held a convincing campus demonstration Tuesday of the protection offered by flame-resistant clothing. David Grislis, business development consultant, and Brian Foy, marketing development manager, brought the company's Thermo-Man demonstration unit – a life-size manikin covered with test attire and more than 100 heat sensors – to a parking lot west of College Avenue Labs to show how the right clothing can significantly reduce burn injury. FRCs are required to be worn in almost all oil and gas positions, and the Penn College audience included a number of industry personnel. The visit was facilitated by the Lycoming County Department of Public Safety, ShaleNet and Penn College Police.