Since 1947, Paulson has been designing top-quality safety products to protect people in potentially hazardous work environments reliably. Our firefighting line meets both NFPA and ANSI standards for quality, and our A-TAC® family of wildland goggles is specifically designed to provide optimal protection in dangerous firefighting applications.
The National Fire Protection Association and Firefighter Safety
It goes without saying that firefighting is extremely hazardous work: Exposure to extreme heat, harmful gases, smoke, and fumes, as well as low visibility and other hazards, are standard conditions for the job. In fact, design and performance requirements for firefighters’ helmets and safety gear have been in place since 1977, when they were established by the National Fire Prevention and Control Administration, known today as United States Fire Administration — a division of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The original standards were then adopted by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in 1979 and amended with the addition of requirements for eye and face protection in the 1980s. The NFPA now continuously maintains and updates safety standards for all fire rescue personnel and equipment.
Some of the most important guidelines are listed below.
- NFPA 1971 — Standard on Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting; establishes base levels of protection from thermal, physical, environmental, and bloodborne pathogen hazards
- NFPA 1977 — Standard on Protective Clothing and Equipment for Wildland Firefighting; sets forth guidelines for protecting against adverse environmental challenges encountered during wildland firefighting
- NFPA 1951 — Standard on Protective Ensembles for Technical Rescue Incidents; presents safety and protection standards for emergency services personnel (search and rescue, treatment, extrication, decontamination, etc.)
Paulson Firefighting Equipment and A-TAC® Goggles
In addition to adhering to NFPA 1971, 1977, and 1951 standards, Paulson safety gear also meets the standards of ANSI Z87.1 for personal eye and face protection.
The Paulson A-TAC® goggles are the only proven goggles designed specifically for the needs of firefighters and have passed rigorous heat exposure tests. Outfitted with hard-coated outer lenses, superior anti-fog inner surfaces, baffled top and bottom vents, quick-release buckles, and Quick Strap tension adjustments; these goggles can fit over existing spectacles, helmets, and hoods.
Our firefighter goggles can be easily handled and adjusted while wearing gloves and feature optically correct lenses for the clearest possible vision. We also offer various goggle parts and accessories to support our A-TAC® models, face shields, and IDC/AF (Infectious Disease Control/AntiFog) Shields, which are used by firefighters, police, and medical professionals alike.