An unsung hero in the fire fighting gear world, fire hoods are a must-have for every firefighter. Unlike coats, pants, helmets, gloves and footwear, fire hoods are an interface component of firefighter apparel. In other words, they are worn to literally fill in the potential gaps left by the rest of the ensemble. Coat collars are designed to protect firefighter necks, while helmets protect the back and sides of the head. This leaves other zones of the head, face, and front of the neck exposed. Protective hoods shield these areas and protect them from all of the dangerous elements involved in a firefighter’s day-to-day jobs.
A State-of-the-Art Fire Hood Designed for Ultimate Protection
The Captain Jim Spentex Fire Hood is one of the best options when it comes to protection and comfort. It was created by Kevin F. O’Donoghue, the president and CEO of Response Protection Corp, who has over 38 years of experience in the field. O’Donoghue’s experience and expertise, combined with the impeccable production quality of Fire-Dex, makes the Captain Jim Spentex Hood stand out from the rest.
Fireman Hood Materials
This fire hood is comprised of Spentex, a double-layered 60% 6 oz Micro Carbon Fiber/40% Kevlar blend, which is the only material certified to defend against Flash Fire, Electrical Arc Flash, and ferrous and non-ferrous Molten Metal. Wearing so many layers of firefighter equipment in extremely high temperatures can be unpleasant and distracting. However, the Captain Jim Spentex Fire Hood wicks away sweat and steam, keeping the wearer dry and comfortable. Spentex is also naturally nonflammable. With flame-resistant qualities inherently built into the actual fiber, the hood’s protection will not fade over time, as FR-treated fabrics often do.
Fun Fact: The hood’s name honors O’Donoghue’s father, Captain Jim, who served the city of New York in the FDNY for 34 years.
A fire hood must fit properly for both comfort and protection. To ensure a great fit on every fireman, the hood has an expandable face opening with dimensions set to accommodate SCBA requirements. The material is washable with plain soap and cool to warm water and air-dries in 2 hours or less.
Firefighter Hood Ratings
Just like all fireman equipment, the National Fire Protection Association sets extensive requirements and tests to rate fire hoods. One facet of these ratings is the Arc Thermal Performance Value. This fire hood’s ATPV is ranked at 34, tolerating against 34 calories of heat per square centimeter. In addition, it rates 36 in Thermal Protective Performance, which increases with each wash.
Where Can I Buy a Captain Jim Spentex Hood?
Whether it’s a protective hood, gloves, entry tool, or any other type of firefighter supplies, you want to buy your equipment from a company you can trust. At BA Firetools, we back all of our products with a 100% lifetime guarantee. We’ll get your hood to you quickly with free shipping worldwide.