According to an Ergonomie Test Protocol, firefighters want uniforms that are lighter in weight, give increased body mobility and protect the wearer against flame, chemical, and/or biological agents. Innovative fabrics were secured and tested to determine their suitability as protective wearing apparel with emphasis on firefighter uniforms. Only two of the four fabrics, Twaron and Nomex III A, were deemed as suitable for use in firefighter uniforms. The 100% print cloth having the flame resistant finish only passed the flame resistance criteria. The carbon filled needlepunched nonwoven fabric did not meet baseline requirements when tested as a single layer; however, when used as a thermal barrier in a three-layer composite, baseline requirements for flame resistance were met. The composite may be of future use in the construction of newly designed firefighter uniform prototypes.