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 internationally, meeting the needs of marine firefighters requires specialised clothing which will protect firefighters at sea in a variety of situations but which focus primarily on offshore oil and gas exploration rigs and production platforms as well as shipboard fires arising from collisions and cargo fires and explosions. The principal features of marine firefighter PPE include the use of fabrics, garment structure and design which combine to protect against the hazards most associated with fires at sea. These hazards include a combination of proximity to heat and flame and prevailing, and unpredictable, weather conditions which often include driving rain, snow and ice, high winds and severe exposure to the elements.
Bristol’s Fleet Suits have been supplied to many of the world’s leading oil and gas exploration and production companies operating in offshore locations as different as the North Sea and North Atlantic to operations off West Africa, South America, Eastern Pacific and the Arabian Gulf. To meet the exacting standards demanded by operating companies, the PPE supplied is routinely required to meet the European Marine Equipment Directive 96/98/EC (MarED) as well as the relevant EN Standard with enhanced accreditation through Wheelmark Certification.
Fleet Suits to meet both EN469:2005 Levels 1 and 2 both include a yellow lightweight flame retardant outer layer. With a fleece lined high collar, plain cuffs and combination zip and velcro front fastenings, the coat is lightweight and ergonomically efficient allowing ease of movement in frequently difficult operating environments.
The comprehensive head-to-toe set of garments includes a helmet incorporating an integrated internal goggle visor and exterior visor manufactured to EN443 and EN14458. The rubber fire boot includes a safety toe cap and anti-perforation mid-sole and is manufactured to EN ISO 15090 Type 3. A new structural glove is a combination of a silicone coated Kevlar palm with a Nomex® back incorporating knuckle protectors married to a Goretex® moisture barrier and manufactured to meet EN659:2003 + A1:2008 + AC:2009.
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