The best garments for tackling wildland fires

Wildland fires are perceived as an increasing risk in the UK, having been added to the National Risk Register of Civil Emergencies in 2012. High risk and difficult to manage, wildland fires create a set of very particular circumstances, meaning…

Firefighting PPE in the mining industry

Paul Gibson, International Sales Manager for MSA Bristol, a global leader of cutting-edge firefighter protection, talks to Matt Campbell, Emergency Services Principal at Rio Tinto in Australia, about the role of Emergency Responders in the mining industry and their specific…

Hainsworth Protective Fabrics and Sir Ken Knight discuss the past, present and future of firefighter PPE

On 27 May, Hainsworth Protective Fabrics invited leading delegates from the fire industry to their first webinar, ‘The Past, Present and Future of Firefighter PPE’. Hosted on Zoom, this exclusive event featured a talk from influential industry advisor Sir Ken…

FlamePro wins major Capita tender to provide PPE for Ministry of Defence over next 10 years

FlamePro, a British manufacturing specialist of life-saving garments for firefighters, has been awarded a £4m contract by Capita to provide its firefighting PPE for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) across the next decade. The competitive tender, part of Capita’s contract…

MSA Bristol: Expert protection from head to toe

The new year marked a new era for two of the most respected and well-established brands in the firefighter PPE industry. MSA Safety, a global leader in the development, manufacture and supply of safety products that protect people and facility…

MSA Safety acquires U.K. firefighter turnout gear manufacturer Bristol Uniforms

Acquisition strengthens MSA’s position as a global market leader in fire service personal protective equipment (PPE) products, which include breathing apparatus, firefighter helmets, thermal imaging cameras and firefighter protective apparel Transaction is valued at approximately $60 million, or about 1.5…

FlamePro: how often should you replace your fire kit?

Firefighting kit has a number of functions; it protects crew members in a wide range of situations and makes them instantly recognisable in an emergency. Replacing your kit at the right time keeps you safe and comfortable, no matter what…

Nomex Nano Flex laminates: dedicated to high-performance protective gear

Alpex Protection is a medium-sized manufacturing company located in Saint-Chamond, in the Loire Department, south-east France. Alpex is a specialist in technical textiles, with a dedicated range of waterproof and breathable fabrics for protective gear. It currently employs 45 people…

5 ways to protect firefighters from harmful particulates

The dangers of cancer-causing particulates have never been in sharper focus in firefighting than they are today. Indeed, firefighters are becoming more aware of the risks associated with their job and exposure to carcinogens. But are all firefighters aware of…

Fit for action

Roger Startin, Joint Managing Director of Bristol Uniforms, looks at the importance of high-quality, well-fitting PPE and how to achieve the correct size and fit. When it comes to good-quality PPE, the key elements for keeping firefighters safe are fabric,…

The evolution of PPE for the world’s female firefighters

Roger Startin, Joint Managing Director of Bristol Uniforms, looks back on the history of female firefighters across the globe and how PPE has evolved to protect them. There are many examples of heroic female firefighters throughout history, coming from all…

First shipment of urgent aid for UK’s healthcare sector arrives in London from China under directives of Mohammed bin Rashid

Under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, the first aircraft carrying urgent aid for the United Kingdom’s healthcare sector has arrived in London from China. The aid,…

In safe hands

Regulations and standards keep firefighters safe and provide reassurance that Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is of good quality, fit for purpose and adequately protective. Richard Ballheimer, Compliance Manager at Bristol Uniforms looks at new European PPE regulation, what it means…

Bristol Uniforms Launches Stock Styles

Bristol Uniforms, a global leader in the design, manufacture and supply ofprotective clothing for the emergency services has launched its first-everselection of stock styles for structural firefighting. Immediately available, the stock styles offer a more cost-effective solution than bespoke alternatives.…

Protection by design

Bristol Uniforms has been at the forefront of firefighter PPE design for more than 60 years. Working closely with the world’s leading fabric and fibre manufacturers, such as WL Gore, Hainsworth and PBI, we bring a wealth of knowledge and…

New ‘Gold standard’ firefighter kit for London crews and fire dogs

Today (Wednesday 31st October) London’s firefighters and their furry colleagues will be wearing new, gold coloured fire tunics and leggings as modernised personal protective equipment (PPE) is rolled out across the Brigade. It’s the biggest kit update for eight years.…

Keeping it clean

The provision of cleaning and maintenance services for firefighter PPE varies greatly around the world. Cleaning is a high priority in the USA and parts of Europe, where the majority of Fire and Rescue Services (FRS) will expect a managed…

DuPont refreshes its PPE branding for easier specification and compliance with new EU regulation

DuPont Personal Protection has successfully completed a rebranding and recertification of its extensive range of PPE garments to make it easier for customers to specify the correct level of protection for their application and comply with the latest regulations. The global rebranding includes the ProShield®, Tyvek® and Tychem® brands and…

Fire service veteran Richard Gorst joins Hainsworth team

Hainsworth Technology has appointed a former senior fire officer to its Protectives team. Richard Gorst joins Hainsworth as Sales Director for Protective Fabrics with responsibility for the UK, Scandinavia and Canada. Richard brings with him a wealth of knowledge and…

Nomex® 50th Anniversary – A Reason to Celebrate

Nomex® was a result of fundamental research and development (R&D) in the 1960s conducted by DuPont scientists Paul Morgan and Stephanie Kwolek. In 1967, these brand fibres were commercialised and have been used across a diverse range of applications. Today,…

Ballyclare Confirms Article 11B Compliance Ahead of New Regulation Changes

Workwear garment manufacturer Ballyclare Limited has confirmed the process used to manufacture life-saving workwear supplied to the fire, rail, general industrial and oil and gas sectors is accredited to Article 11B of the PPE Directive. This ensures Ballyclare is already…

Bristol Uniforms Expands UK Operations

Bristol Uniforms, a global leader in the design and manufacture of firefighter PPE, has taken on additional premises to create a Central Cutting Unit and is recruiting extra staff as part of a significant business expansion. The company was recently…

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