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…

New EN469: 2005 Level 2 firefighter bike suit

A new, lighter weight firefighter motorcycle protective garment is a recent addition to Bristol’s firefighter PPE range, which has the flexibility to be used as structural protection to EN469:2005 Level 2 and as a bike suit meeting the appropriate mechanical impact protection required…

PPE/PPC – the Last Line of Defence – Part 1

One of the most important safety tools that a firefighter brings to an emergency incident is their senses. In their raw state, the well trained and heightened senses of; sight, smell, feel, hearing and taste, provide the human body with…

Interschutz creates a buzz for Bristol

This year’s Interschutz proved to be Bristol’s most successful in recent times, with a particularly optimistic feel to the main exhibition halls. Innovation was very much in evidence as fabric and PPE manufacturers brought their latest developments to show to…

Hainsworth the Innovator Meets Needs of Firefighters

Hainsworth has been working closely with firefighters for more than 150 years. The company dates its association with the firefighting industry to the formation of the London Fire Brigade. Since this time, the mill has been responsible for protecting firefighters,…

PPE/PPC – The Last Line of Defence – Part 2

In my last article in this series of Last Line Of Defence, I wrote about ‘Ensemble Thinking’ and the important issues of compatibility of different items of PPE/PPC. This becomes very useful when trying to identify the most vulnerable component…

International success built on local representation

Firefighter garment design varies considerably within countries as fire and rescue services look to adapt fire coats and trousers to meet their specific needs, whilst maintaining the performance standards required by their regional regulating authorities. Internationally, the scale of this…

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).…

Global Progress on PPE Standards

Delegates from around the globe helped to ensure that international standards for PPE took a significant step forward when they met in Sydney at the end of July. More than 40 representatives from 12 countries and a further 30 observers…

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