Connecticut Firefighters Say Their ‘No. 1 Killer’ Is Cancer From PFAS In Gear Meant To Protect Them

Danbury Fire Chief Richard Thode opened an unzipped coat that is part of a firefighter’s standard turnout gear. Its outer shell is dark gray, with reflective yellow and silver stripes on the sleeves. 

The inside features a stitched silver layer, which is just one of the multiple layers. The outer shell is designed to be resistant to moisture and chemicals; the innermost layer is its thermal protection layer. Then there is a moisture-wicking layer, designed to repel sweat. 

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