Company Spotlight: Viking / Engine Company Apparel

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Spot Viking-ECA

viking-300x300Viking: From The Fire Critic… “Firefighters are potentially exposed to a wide range of dangerous particles through their work – some of which are carcinogens. As we see it, that’s a cause for concern – and it’s also something that European-based protective clothing manufacturer VIKING Life-saving Equipment is working on, too.

They’ve been developing turnout gear that’s aimed at cutting down how many potentially dangerous contaminants – carried in dirt, dust, ash and so on – get onto a firefighter’s skin”.

Previous articles from Ironfiremen and Fire Critic HERE and HERE

VIKING is the only manufacturer in the US to use Hainsworth® TITAN which is a double cloth construction with DuPont™ Nomex® on the face to provide optimal thermal protection, abrasion resistance and color fastness. They also use DuPont™ Kevlar® on the back to provide strength.



ECAEngine Company Apparel:

Engine Company Apparel is another Firefighter owned and operated company. In fact, one of the co-owners is Rhett Fleitz …aka “The Fire Critic” himself!

In addition, Engine Company Apparel is the ONLY place where you’ll find Official “Ironfiremen” or “Captain Wines” apparel / merchandise.

From their web site: “Engine Co. Apparel is a firefighter owned and operated company that offers custom screen-printing, embroidery, DTG printing, and almost anything you can dream up. We are offering the best apparel lines from American Apparel to Under Armour, Gildan, Nike,and Adidas. Have a specific brand you want to use just ask we will get it”.

Actually, ECA sells more than just apparel. They can also custom design Challenge Coins and patches. In addition, they sell equipment such as “The Pig” and Iron Fox Axes.