The different materials available fall into three basic kinds of categories.
  1.         Treated Fabrics
  2.         Blended Fabrics
  3.         Synthetic Fabrics
  4.         Waterproof Fabrics
Each category has its own advantages and disadvantages. However, there are some common elements that affect the way all the materials react to a hazard.
  1.         The fabric weight and type of weave
  2.         Garment construction
  3.         Type of fasteners used
  4.         Fit on the wearer

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