Recently Hooks & Hooliganâ€™s evaluated several (4)
GLO-JOÂ® P.A.L.â„¢ (GJ PAL) Helmet Bands
during live burn training at the Florida State Fire College
(FSFC) in Ocala, Florida.Â It should also
be noted that separate to this evaluation, we have been field testing this product for the last
six (6) months.
During the six month testing we have been able to use the GJ PAL on multiple
fires, vehicle accidents, and roadside emergencies in low light situations.Â During this
evaluation process it has clearly demonstrated its effectivenessâ€¦.. both during Highway
incidents at night and in the hand full of fires.
While at the FSFC, live burn testing was
conducted for one (1) day using their Metal Burn Building (Conex box).Â This box is equivalent
to a Phase 3 Flashover Simulator.Â The GJ PAL Helmet Band was distributed among the
instructors during these burns & feedback was extremely positive; as the participants were
able to maintain visibility of the instructors the entire time during each burn (light, moderate
& heavy smoke conditions).Â The GJ PAL sustained twelve (12) consecutive burn evolutions;
thus enduring super heated conditions before we took them out of service.Â All of the bands
that were evaluated continued to operate and generate light via there LED light source.Â There
was some minor wear and tear showing in the form of warping and a weakening of an elastic
connection point and one failure.
All in allâ€¦ when it comes to maintaining critical awareness
on the inside, I found that the GJ PAL Helmet Band to be an effective tool that can seriously
make the difference in your survival.Â In addition, although this product is not bullet-proof; I
feel it has proved itself to be durable enough to sustain the necessary levels of heat, necessary
to be effective in structural firefighting.
Since our evaluation was completed the GJ PAL Helmet Bands have been redesigned and will
be out on the market the first part of
December 2014, thus representing a 3rd Generation of
. Our feedback has allowed them to fix the issue we had with the
elastic attachment point and make some other very crucial modifications.Â Furthermore the
band is now made of Kevlar webbing and
stitched with Kevlar thread.Â The black rubber strap
design used to help secure the GLO-JO LED system a helmet has been upgraded to a hi
visibility lime green photo-luminescent (glow in the dark) silicon rubber; offering additional
redundancies to being seen.
As of yet, we have not field tested the new product design
changes; but we are
looking forward to seeing the scheduled improvements to a product we
feel can enhance safety in the field and on the training grounds.
All of the areas that Hooks &
Hooligans found to be deficient have been corrected, modified, and upgraded; to the point of
even including a new rechargeable version with the 3
rd Generation release.
For more information on this prduct visit: www.GLO-JO.com