Florida firefighter launches affordable, fire-resistant uniform line

February 22, 2024

A new venture for firefighter safety and convenience

In a move towards enhancing firefighter safety and affordability in uniforms, Sean Conant, a Florida Federal Firefighter/EMT, has transitioned into entrepreneurship with the launch of FILO Apparel on February 21, 2024.

This new line of fire-resistant clothing aims to provide firefighters with safer, more convenient, and cost-effective uniform options.

Conant, who has dedicated 18 years to serving as a firefighter and first responder, shared his motivation for starting FILO Apparel: “At FILO apparel, our goal is to make dressing for the job easier for firefighters.

“The company was born out of frustration when shopping for my own uniforms.

“My annual uniform stipend barely covered a couple of pairs of pants and a shirt, and I had to wait a month or more for them to arrive. Then they had to be tailored to fit correctly. I decided our first responders deserve better.”

Innovation in firefighter uniforms

FILO Apparel, co-founded by Conant and his long-time friend Dan McLaughlin, stands out for its commitment to the firefighter community, embodying the creed “First In, Last Out” – a reflection of every first responder’s dedication to risking their lives for the safety of others.

The brand promises up to 56% savings on uniforms compared to traditional suppliers, along with benefits like free shipping, quicker delivery times, complimentary inseam tailoring, and customizable name tapes and badge holders.

FILO’s product line includes PFAS-free Nomex® fire station pants, shirts, and shorts for both men and women, addressing the critical health risks associated with Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS).

These hazardous chemicals, found in some fire-resistant products, are linked to severe health issues such as liver damage, thyroid disease, and cancer.

Conant emphasized the importance of safety in their products: “Firefighters have enough to worry about on the job; they shouldn’t have to wonder if their uniforms are going to create debilitating health issues.

“It was extremely important that we use safe, PFAS-free Nomex®.”

Embracing diversity in design

One of the hallmark features of FILO Apparel is its inclusive design approach, particularly evident in its women’s fire-resistant pants and shirts.

These items have gained popularity for their professional yet feminine fit, addressing a long-standing issue with conventional uniform brands’ one-size-fits-all mentality.

Jackie Krych, a firefighter/paramedic from Ohio, praised the design and functionality of FILO’s women’s Nomex® pants: “When I tell you these are the best women’s Nomex® pants I’ve tried on, I mean it.

“I’ve been really struggling to find a fit that looks professional but feminine, and these pants meet both of those needs! I was able to comfortably sit, squat, crawl, and move in the FILO Nomex®, which I couldn’t do in the previous brands I’ve tried.”

FSJA Comment

The launch of FILO Apparel marks a notable advancement in the fire safety industry, particularly in addressing the dual needs of affordability and safety in firefighter uniforms.

By prioritizing the health and comfort of firefighters, FILO sets a new standard for uniform suppliers.

The company’s focus on eliminating hazardous materials like PFAS from their products demonstrates a commitment to the wellbeing of first responders and reflects a broader movement towards more ethical and sustainable manufacturing practices within the industry.

Moreover, FILO’s attention to design inclusivity, particularly for women firefighters, highlights an important step towards accommodating the diverse needs of the firefighting community.

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