All Hands Fire Equipment Announces New and Improved Gemtor 546NYC Harness for Firefighters

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As firefighter escape systems and new fire fighting equipment continue to evolve, there are more new and improved products available all the time. All Hands Fire Equipment is now announcing the release of the new Gemtor 546NYC Harness.

This harness is an indispensable multi-function tool for firefighters that ensures safety without compromising mobility...

Firefighters use a huge array of tools to meet the demands of their difficult job. Thousands of different variations and equipment options exist for the many tools firefighters use to perform their duties. They range from simple, single-function pocket tools, to multi-function specialty tools, to complex riggings and beyond.

The new Gemtor 546NYC Class II Harness and training in it's proper use can be purchased by visiting and has been designed to replace the popular, reliable and essential piece of firefighting equipment - the Gemtor Model 541 Class II Harness.

The Gemtor 541 Harness was designed by a New York City Fire Lieutenant in 1983 and is still used by thousands of firefighters nationwide. It features adjustable leg and waist straps, an A-frame design that lowers the wearer’s center of gravity to reduce the possibility of toppling. A steel screw lock carabiner (also known as a Pompier Hook) is also included with the harness. The harness functions include but not limited to attaching the user to a ladder or apparatus bucket, a means of lowering oneself and others to safety on the ground, or use with a firefighter escape system should the need to bail-out rapidly to escape a dangerous emergency situation.

The Gemtor 541 harness has evolved over the years as improvements and adjustments have been made. The first major improvement resulting in a second generation version of the Gemtor 541 was a steel auto locking carabiner instead of the screw lock carabiner, which was a characteristic necessary for the harness to meet NFPA 1983 standards.

The third generation, now known as the Gemtor 541NYC, also incorporates a sliding D-ring for attaching the harness to a Personal Escape system. The Pompier Hook offered with this model is a triple action aluminum carabiner with a 2”side opening that automatically closes and locks. This new carabiner is classified as a NFPA General Use carabiner with a 9,000 pound minimum breaking strength by Underwriters Laboratory (UL).

A fourth generation Gemtor harness has recently been announced: The Gemtor 546NYC harness new features include front adjustments on the leg straps for easy access by the wearer. The waist strap is now fixed to ensure proper fit and optimal operation of the A-frame design.

The Gemtor 546NYC still possesses many of the best aspects of the 541NYC, including the triple action carabiner in steel or aluminum, the sliding D-ring and the ability to easily attach hardware. It is constructed of sturdy 1 ¾” wide nylon webbing and stitched with high strength nylon thread. It is UL certified to NFPA 1983-2012 and weighs in at just 3 pounds.

“This harness is an indispensable multi-function tool for firefighters that ensures safety without compromising mobility,” said Don Colarusso, President of All Hands Fire Equipment and firefighter for over 25 years, “Gemtor produces an excellent product that All Hands Fire is proud to offer to firefighters all over the world.”

Now is the best time for firefighters to purchase their preferred version of the Gemtor harness, as Gemtor has announced a price increase on all models will be taking effect in the near future. This is the time to acquire the safety and reliability of a Gemtor harness at the best possible price.

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