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…

Bristol Launches Particulate Protection Hood

Bristol Uniforms, a global leader in the design and manufacture of firefighter PPE, has launched a revolutionary new hood which is proven to be 99.8% efficient at filtering harmful smoke particles. The Particulate Protection Hood is made up of Dupont’s…

Bristol Uniforms Welcomes New Contracts Manager

Bristol Uniforms, the UK’s leading designer and manufacturer of firefighter PPE, is welcoming a new Contracts Manager to further strengthen its team. Adele Harris joins Bristol from Tarmac, where she spent nine years in operations and sales management roles. She…

PBI Announce the Appointment of Far East Marketing and Sales Representative

Following the success that PBI has enjoyed around the world, and PBI’s commitment to support our customers worldwide, the following changes to PBI’s Marketing and Sales organization are being announced.: Effective October Jingyu Lee will join the International team as…

Teijin Develops Cooling Vest for Enhanced Firefighting Safety

Teijin Limited announced today that it has developed a cooling vest that protects firefighters with unprecedented heat-resistance, flame-retardance and body-heat reduction, including through the use of small electric fans. Teijin will unveil the cooling vest at a booth (Hall 9, Booth…

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…

Bristol launches new Wildland Firefighting PPE

Bristol Uniforms has launched a brand new range of Wildland Firefighting PPE, available for wildland firefighters across the globe.  The new designs for both male and female firefighters have been developed in response to an increase in demand for higher…

Bristol Uniforms is selected for UK-wide collaborative PPE framework

Bristol Uniforms has been awarded the contract to supply firefighting PPE for a new Collaborative Procurement Framework, accessible to all Local Authority Fire and Rescue Services (FRS) across the UK. The new Framework has been created by a dedicated project…

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…

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…

Ready Rack® – Structurally superior design does not require rear grid

Since Groves Incorporated invented the PPE gear storage system in 1980, we never stopped innovating and improving upon our designs. The key advantage lies in Red Rack™’s structurally superior tubular steel design that does not require a rear reinforcing grid,…

What is your firefighting philosophy?

As I travel the world researching advancements in PPC/PPE, I often hear firefighters seeking the very latest technology in the component makeup of firefighting gear. Sometimes this is a quantum leap from where they currently are. This time of enhancement…

Integrated In-House Capability

Throughout its 50 year involvement in the design and manufacture of world class firefighter PPE, Bristol has always retained full control over its design and production which is all undertaken in its own research and manufacturing facilities across Europe. Adopting…

Head-to-TOE Marine Firefighters PPE

Bristol’s marine firefighter PPE, its Fleet Suit, has been expanded with the addition of compatible helmets, boots and gloves providing a comprehensive head-to-toe personal protection solution of marine firefighters. All garments in the range are certified to MarED standards. Operating…

Not all PPE is born equal!

In the world of PPE for structural and bushland firefighting, I am not yet aware of counterfeit PPE, but what we are all increasingly aware of is essential components of PPE for fire fighters are being both advertised and verbally…

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…

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