Frive com free online games: An exclusive first look at the Navy’s new fire-retardant coveralls


The biggest change over the original FRV was the material — both test versions were made from a flame resistant “tri-fiber” blend material.   “The IFRV was designed not only with the safety of our sailors in mind but also comfort and durability,” said Adm. Phil Davidson, who commands the Norfolk, Virginia-based Fleet Forces Command. “Shipboard wearability and functionality was of extreme importance with the development of the IFRV,” Davidson said.   The new coverall was designed to last nearly twice as long as the original FRV. An added benefit that the new coveralls’ material offers is arc-flash protection, a significant upgrade from the current uniform’s material. In the past, the Navy issued special coveralls to sailors working near equipment that posed a risk of an arc flash, which is a fast-moving, high-intensity electrical fire that is potentially deadly. Typically only electricians got those special protective uniforms, yet with the ships’ exposed wiring and plumbing, technically everyone is at risk. The new material also meets the lint-free requirements of the submarine community, meaning that the fleet now has one coverall that meets the needs of both surface and submarine crews. The IFRV’s requirement is that flame-resistant fabric “must self-extinguish within 2 seconds after exposure to a standard flame ignition source for 12 seconds,” according to Amy Brayshaw, a supervisory textile technologist, on the research and development team at NCTRF.    “The IFRV fabric, tested after 1 and 50 shipboard launderings met this requirement,”  she said. Brayshaw said that it is difficult to quantify a specific amount of time that a flame resistant material can be exposed to flame without igniting.  But in general, when exposed to flame, they should resist ignition and self-extinguish almost immediately upon removal from the ignition source.  It will take much of this fiscal year, Stamatopoulos said, to get the existing FRV contracts reworked and the production of the new IFRV underway. But he expected the uniform to start showing up in fleet inventories possibly sometime in the first quarter of fiscal 2018, though that’s subject to change.  “It won’t be an immediate replacement, but it will really happen as older FRV inventories are  depleted, the IFRV will take their place,” Stamatopoulos said. “This will happen naturally on a size-by-size basis.”  Exact details on when the coveralls will become available will be announced once production begins.

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