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Nomex Model

Retmex® Rescue Sheet

Rescue & Extinguish - this life-saving sheet that let’s you do both.

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Evacuate victims

Retmex gives responders the capability to secure and quickly evacuate patients from a dangerous scene.

Prevent Secondary Injuries

A rapid evacuation often becomes a key link for survival. Inappropriate extraction has the potential to damage victims and cause serious injuries. For example, during house fires.

Extinguish Flames

Inherently flame resistant, Nomex® makes it possible
to use the Retmex to help extinguish flames. For example, when a person’s clothing is on fire.

Clip it

Use the carabiner to clip the Retmex to your clothing or other parts of your gear. This makes transport quick and easy.

Flame & heat resistant

With Nomex at its base, Retmex is inherently flame & heat resistant.

Powerful protection

The Retmex also contains powerful Kevlar® yarns.

Highly advanced webbing

Highly advanced & fire retardant webbing provides extra strength.

Unique in every detail

01

The feet section creates stability when evacuating a victim. This is especially beneficial when going down a flight of stairs.

02

Retro reflective straps ensure visibility in the dark or in areas filled with smoke.

03

The Retmex is equipped with 12 handles that allows you to lift and operate the rescue sheet with multiple responders.

Designed for critical emergency situations

In emergency situations, time is critical. Initially designed for fire fighters, Retmex can help you in all kinds of emergencies.

House fires

Shootings

Riots

Terrorist attacks

Specifications

  • Article number

    1099602001

  • Model name

    Retmex Rescue Sheet - Nomex Model

  • Material

    Nomex & Kevlar

  • Weight & size

    1,5 KG – 200 x 78 cm
    3.31 lbs - 78" - 30" inches

  • Abrasion resistance of material

    >50.000 cycles

  • Washing instructions

    60 degrees (Celsius), dry on low temperature, do not iron, no chemical cleaning, do not bleach

  • Safe working load

    250 kg / 550 lbs

  • Fire tests

    Applied fire tests on fabrics:
    EN531, ISO/FDIS 11612, EN 469

  • CE

    Produced in alliance with the European Regulations:

    Conformité_Européenne

    The product is classified in Class 1 according to Regulation MDR 2017/745/EU.
    Applied standards: NEN-EN-ISO 13485:2016 EN NEN-EN-ISO 14971:2019 EN

Extinguish Fires

Designed to rescue a victim in critical situations AND to extinguish a fire (e.g. when a person's clothing is on fire)

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How often can you use the Retmex?

    That depends on the condition of your Retmex after use. The fabric of the Retmex is thin because it should be as compact as possible. Despite the fact that Kevlar is incorporated in the fabric, the fabric will wear out when dragged. The reason is the weight pressure on the thin fabric when evacuating a victim. The surface ultimately has a major influence on the preservation of your rescue blanket. If you slide over stones, bulky concrete or a staircase with perforated steps, the fabric will be damaged more quickly compared to a carpet surface.

    Therefore, it is possible that you can only use the Retmex only once during a rescue. However, if it has saved a life, it has also done the job.

    Ultimately there are many different factors that determine the lifespan of the rescue sheet: the surface, the weight of the victim and the skills of the rescuer

  • What happens if there's a hole in the rescue blanket?

    The rescue sheet is held together by a complex and advanced strap system. Even if there is a hole in the fabric of the Retmex as a result of abrasion (friction from dragging), the straps will keep the product together. Therefore, this doesn’t present additional danger.

  • What should I do after using the Retmex?

    Check the Retmex for damage and store it. In case of damage, it is advisable to replace it. Have you also used the Retmex to extinguish fire? Do not use it again and replace with a new one.

  • What material is used for this Retmex?

    The Retmex Nomex Model is made from a Nomex® and Kevlar blend.

  • Is the Retmex an official fire blanket?

    No, this Retmex cannot be labeled as a fire blanket. There are guidelines that a fire blanket must comply with (e.g. certain dimensions). Since the Retmex has two functions (rescue & extinguishing), it can never be labeled as an official fire blanket. It is therefore not advisable to replace this rescue blanket with your fire blanket in the kitchen. It is mainly used by professional rescuers such as firefighters.

  • Why was this method of evacuation developed for e.g. the fire brigade?

    The Retmex Nomex Model was created for a fire station in the south of the Netherlands. They experienced situations where they had to evacuate unconscious people from burning buildings. Because firefighters often do not have an extraction or evacuation aid available during these kinds of situations, people are often dragged away directly on the floor. When unconscious people are present in a burning building, it has happened that the skin is burned to such an extent that you can hardly or not drag this person away. If you grab the unconscious person and try to drag him/her to a safe zone, you will pull the skin off (as a result of the burns). Thus, this method of extraction is not only difficult, time consuming and terrifying for firefighters, it also causes serious secondary injuries to the victim.

  • Does it prevent secondary injuries?

    In the scenario when you need to extract a victim with burns (as described above), this is a plausible claim.

  • Should I make it standard for my rescue kit?

    No. For example, you can choose to equip certain vehicles of the fire brigade or other emergency services with the Retmex – Nomex Model. The moment you are told on the call that there are still victims inside the burning building, you can choose to attach the Retmex to your kit and bring it with you. You only need to take the Retmex inside in such cases. It is not a standard part of your rescue kit as you probably already have enough items with you.

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