Made by Viking, the new “Turnout Gear” is a combination of Thermal Sensor Technology (TST) and Smart Textiles, creating a smart uniform for firefighters to use in the heat of the moment. Turnout Gear visually communicates any critical hot spots on the suit that might put the fireman in danger of burns.
A LED display on the upper left shoulder glows to notify fellow firemen that you might be in danger, while a LED on the sleeve indicates to you that you might be in some trouble. The suit LED will blink faster as the heat gets hotter, warning that the heat is reaching a dangerous level. If there’s a fire in your pants, you just might need someone to “put it out”. Or at least see an STD specialist.
— Andrew Dobrow