PPE comes clean

The cleaning and maintenance of PPE is swiftly becoming a priority for the fire industry. Paul Gibson, International Sales Manager at Bristol Uniforms, explores how Australia and New Zealand are rising to the challenge. Following research into a possible link…

Maximising wearer comfort and protection for fire fighters

Fire Fighters face many life threatening situations and conditions when they are at the Fire Face. The most critical of these would be the most obvious one, that of burning, and normally this can arise from either Flame or Radiant…

Personal protective equipment needs to be clean, safe and reliable

Firefighters risk their lives every day to protect lives and property. Although heat stress, smoke and fire take many lives, cancer has emerged as the silent killer. For our brave first responders, personal equipment once designed to protect may actually…

Fit for action

When designing PPE for firefighters, providing protection against the dangers of fire is of course paramount. Thanks to the work of leading international fibre and fabric manufacturers, there are now several highly specialised materials available on the market offering a…

NFPA issues safety bulletin on firefighter protective hoods

It is well-documented that firefighter Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is exposed to a wide range of toxins, pathogens and other hazardous substances. According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and…

A suit to suit

Roger Startin, Joint Managing Director of Bristol Uniforms, explores the complex variations in PPE requirements for firefighters across the globe, and the challenge of developing PPE to suit specific countries and climates. Across the world, fire and rescue services vary…

Protective clothing and equipment for Fire Fighters

In recent months there has been a growing interest in the area of protective clothing and equipment for Fire Fighters from stakeholders within the sector. This article will take a look at what’s happening in the world of standards and…

Investing In Your Protection and Protecting Your Investment

The importance of correct purchasing considerations and the associated dynamics for firefighters Personal Protective Equipment/Personal Protective Clothing (PPE/PPC). This article deals with the most important asset that a fire service has, its Firefighters. Agencies invest considerable amounts of money in…

LHD Group – Leading the Way in PPE

The LHD Group, headquartered in Cologne in Germany, was founded in 2002. The internationally active group of companies was created as a public private partnership between the German Federal State and the German forwarding company Hellmann Worldwide Logistics GmbH &…

Gore Sets Global Performance Standards

Since their introduction to fire services over 25 years ago, Gore’s specialist high performance fabrics have set new standards for firefighter protection around the world. Gore has become a global leader in all of the diverse market sectors that it…

Hainsworth – Key Factors Influencing Today’s PPE

Today’s firefighters are demanding customers and rightly so. They want their personal protective equipment (PPE) to provide them with maximum protection, but they also want their turnout gear to be as comfortable, mobile and light as possible. There is a…

PPE / PPC: The Last Line of Defence

In the world of modern fire and emergency services, there is an ever-increasing trend for firefighters to respond to more and different types of emergencies. With this trend, comes the commensurate need for effective and efficient Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).…

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