North American firefighter PPE market valued at $896 million in recent report

November 10, 2023

The North American market for firefighter personal protective equipment (PPE) has been valued at $896 million for the year 2022, according to a new report.

The comprehensive study, titled “North American Firefighter Personal Protective Equipment Growth Opportunities,” is now available on ResearchAndMarkets.com.

PPE market dynamics in the United States

The United States is the largest contributor to this segment, boasting an 84.1% revenue share within North America in 2022.

It is projected that the U.S. will experience a significant compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2022 to 2027.

This increase is attributed to the adoption of advanced technological firefighting PPE.

NFPA standards shaping the future of PPE

Adherence to stringent National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) regulations and a growing awareness of fire-related fatalities are poised to propel the growth of firefighting PPE.

Turnout gear, the market’s largest segment, generated $429.6 million in revenue last year, making up nearly half of the total market share.

Demand for PFAS-free turnout gear is on the rise in response to upcoming regulatory changes.

SCBAs equipped with enhanced telemetry, telecommunication, and physiological tracking features are expected to be increasingly adopted by fire departments across North America.

Innovations and services in firefighting PPE

Manufacturers are not only improving product offerings but also expanding services to include PPE washing and decontamination.

The rental or PaaS model will likely gain popularity, especially among smaller fire departments, allowing them to access modern PPE more affordably.

PPE connectivity and cloud platform integrations are at the forefront of current firefighting PPE development efforts.

Innovations leveraging AI, machine learning, and augmented reality are set to define the future landscape of firefighter safety equipment.

FSJA Comment

The evolution of firefighting personal protective equipment reflects the sector’s commitment to safety and innovation.

As technologies like AI and augmented reality become integrated into PPE, firefighting professionals are equipped with tools that offer enhanced protection and greater efficiency in emergency responses.

The market’s expansion also demonstrates a shift in service models, providing more equitable access to advanced PPE for fire departments of varying sizes and budgets.

These developments, underpinned by regulatory standards, underscore a dynamic industry where safety and technological advancement go hand in hand.

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