• October 26, 2017
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Plastics Make It Possible® Honors the Everyday Heroes Who Protect Us...and the Safety Innovations That Protect Them



They run into burning homes, brave raging floodwaters, battle devastating wildfires, and help stop epidemics. These and other heroes are featured in “Protecting Our Heroes: A Tribute to Safety and Innovation,” an online gallery, video, and multi-city pop-up exhibit launched today by Plastics Make it Possible.

Working with the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA), Plastics Make it Possible identified a dozen everyday heroes across the country—firefighters, policemen, medical professionals, and other rescuers—and tells their personal stories of harrowing experiences on the job. These often-unsung heroes rely on personal protective equipment (PPE) to help keep them safe, such as strong polycarbonate plastic helmets and goggles to help prevent head and eye injuries, and innovative neoprene plastic dry suits that help protect water rescuers from frigid temperatures and debris.

“For all the protective gear you wear, there’s nothing that can prepare your nerves for the roaring intensity of a wildfire,” says wildland firefighter Bailey McDade, a featured hero and one of many firefighters facing an especially turbulent 2017 season. “To keep me here—and the fires out—we rely on plastic protective equipment that’s resistant to heat and flames, yet very lightweight. When I’m on the front lines fighting a fire, putting on my plastic face shroud feels like closing an oven door.”

In addition to McDade, the online gallery and interactive exhibit include a search and rescue specialist who helps save victims in floods, a smokejumper who parachutes into remote locations to fight wildfires, and the nation’s first female bomb technician who uses a plastic bomb detector with sensors to locate and disarm explosives, sometimes in the midst of sandstorms. These three heroes are highlighted in a short video that airs in the pop-up exhibit, as well as online at www.plasticsmakeitpossible.com/heroes.



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