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FNS Photo by Chris Flynn DuPont’s Thermo-man is a life-size thermal burn injury evaluation systems, demonstrating the capabilities and limitations of fire resistant protective apparel, such as this demonstration at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck on May 21.

Beating the heat with FR: Now required for oilfield workers, fire-resistant clothing a hot item in the Oil Patch


WILLISTON — When Jim Bacon and Bryan Johnson came to North Dakota to see what the oil boom was all about, one thing they saw was a need for fire-resistant clothing.

Bacon, a former sales manager from Spearfish, S.D., and Johnson, a retired Los Angeles police officer, started fire-resistant clothing —also known as FR clothing — three days a week from a trailer in Watford City.

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