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Innovation: How Globe Produces the
World’s Best Turnout Gear

Firefighter safety is our mission, not just our business.

For more than 125 years, this family-owned company has had an unswerving commitment to R&D. Innovation has always been a cornerstone of Globe’s business. Globe invented turnout gear in 1887, and invented and patented the original construction concept of a rugged outer shell and the waterproof liner that is still used today. Globe also was the first to introduce DuPont NOMEX® flame resistant material, GORE-TEX® and CROSSTECH® moisture barrier and 3M SCOTCHLITE™ reflective material; and the firm participated in setting the National Fire Protection Association standards and was the first manufacturer to be ISO 9001 certified.

We continue to lead the way in state-of-the-science product development, thanks to our experienced in-house design team, our partnerships with university and government researchers, and the commitment of Globe's owners, the Freese Family.

Our design team has extensive fire service expertise, as well as a wealth of product development experience in technical clothing and footwear for marine, outdoor, team sports, law enforcement and fire/rescue applications. Our team leverages this with external resources including leading edge technical textile developers and design talent experienced in activewear, the outdoor industry and gloves.

We have partnered with:

  • North Carolina State University (TSWG) on the studies, “Lightweight CBRN Protective Fire Fighter Turnout,” “Enhanced Performance Tactical CB Boot,” and “Whole Glove Testing Technologies”
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute (DHS/FEMA/AFG) on “Integrated Firefighter Locator and Physiological Monitor” and the Fireground Environmental Sensor Monitor System.
  • Skidmore College (DHS/FEMA/AFG) on the studies, “Effect of Physical Fitness on Physiological Recovery from Firefighting Duties” and “Improving Structural Firefighting Gear – From the Inside Out”
  • US Army/NPC on the “Wearable Advanced Sensor Platform” (WASP)


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