November 13, 2013 — The IAFF Division of Occupational Health, Safety and Medicine has been notified of a safety issue concerning stored fire fighter turnout gear. W.L. Gore & Associates has issued a safety alert for all users of Gore moisture barriers. The identified problem involves seam tape separation when the gear has been stored in its original packaging for three or more years before being issued and worn. When this seam tape separation occurs, turnout gear may no longer be resistant to liquid penetration per the requirements of NFPA 1971.