Choosing the right PPE to fight fire

Roger Startin, Joint Managing Director at Bristol Uniforms, explores the specific requirements and selection process for Airport Firefighter PPE Thankfully, aircraft fires and accidents are rare, but when they happen the ability to respond quickly and effectively is paramount. Since most aircraft accidents take place during take-off or landing, the response of the airport fire crew can and does play a major part in minimising injuries and loss of life.

PPE Standards: Perfect and protect

­Ivan Rich, Technical Manager at Bristol Uniforms, is closely involved in developing and reviewing standards for fire-fighter PPE.  He is the secretary for two European committees which include standardisation for Heat and Flame PPE and Fire-fighters’ PPE. Here Ivan explains how international and national standards bodies work together and explores recent developments in this area: Fire and emergency services across the globe need to know that they can fully rely

Xeros introduces first eco-friendly, near waterless laundry system for fire-fighters’ personal protective equipment

Xeros has announced a new NFPA 1851 compliant, polymer cleaning solution for fire-fighters’ personal protective equipment (PPE) that uses 80% less water, 50% less energy and 50% less chemical, and is gentle on fire-fighter ensembles. The Xeros NFPA 1851 compliant polymer laundry system provides a cleaning method that is highly cost-effective, eco-friendly, and gentle on turnout gear thus saving on replacement costs. The system is now available to fire stations, government and

Bristol Uniforms report managed services centre expansion

Bristol Uniforms has significantly expanded its Managed Services department. The company has recruited several new members of staff, increasing the team by more than 30%, and has substantially increased the capacity of its Service Centres. Bristol’s two Service Centres in Staple Hill in Bristol, and Rainham in London, have welcomed new machinists to assist with inspection and repairs, along with new warehouse operators and drivers. The Western Service Centre in

Rosenbauer supports Greek fire services with donated gloves and boots

Since the financial crisis in Greece, an increasing number of people are reliant upon social assistance. Consequently, in 2012 the ‘Greek Aid’ association (Griechenlandhilfe) voluntarily assumed the task of providing nationwide, humanitarian support for hospitals and other social institutions. These include the Greek fire services, which urgently require new equipment. Therefore, Rosenbauer has now handed over 240 pairs of Safe Grip 2 gloves and eleven pairs of Austria boots to ‘Greek

MSA recently acquires Senscient, Inc, enhancing the company's technology offering

  Global safety equipment manufacturer MSA Safety Inc has announced that it has acquired Senscient, Inc., a leader in laser- based gas detection technology that can be used in a broad range of industrial, oil and gas production and petrochemical processing applications. The acquisition of Senscient (pronounced Sen-Sy-Ent) strengthens MSA’s leading position in the global market for fixed gas and flame detection (FGFD) systems, representing a key step in the execution

Bristol Uniforms announced new Gore 'Varde' technical rescue garments

 Bristol Uniforms has unveiled brand new technical rescue garments made with the latest GORE® PYRAD Fabric Technology.  The new Gore® Varde jacket and trouser combination will be offered as part of Bristol’s RescueFlex range, offering significantly more comfort and flexibility for fire-fighters faced with technical rescue operations. The new Gore® Varde garments are particularly lightweight and breathable, whilst providing a high level of protection against wind, water and flame.  Crucially,

Arco highlight arc flash protection in PPE layering

Arco has become the only supplier in the safety industry to utilise combination testing to increase the level of protection provided by its hazardwear. The ArcoPro Flame Retardant (FR) range offers a collection of technical garments designed and tested to ensure safety, even in the most hazardous working environments. To help customers understand the complex combinations required to increase the level of Arc Flash protection provided by their garments, the

Globe Manufacturing win Award of Excellence for new ATHLETIX gear

  Globe Manufacturing Company announced that it was awarded the 2016 International Achievement Awards (IAA) Award of Excellence and Best in Category for Advanced Textiles. The award was presented by Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) at their IFAI Expo, the largest specialty fabrics trade show in the Americas, held in Charlotte, North Carolina, on 20 October. Globe received the Award of Excellence and Best in Category for Advanced Textiles for

Red One receives CFBTI contract for South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service

Red One Limited is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a contract to provide Compartment Fire Behaviour Training Instructor (CFBTI) courses to South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service (SYFRS). Compartment fire behaviour is a key component of fire-fighter training, enabling individual fire-fighters and fire officers to understand the ‘science’ of fires and how fires will behave and change in different environmental and structural conditions. Learning how to recognise