BRISTOL’s RescueFlex is the company’s latest generation of technical rescue PPE. Built on the XFlex platform, originally introduced for the company’s latest structural PPE, the garments incorporate the three-dimensional design features that provide enhanced limb movement through the use of vented gussets, extra pleats and additional padding at key contact points.
The PPE conforms to European and International standard EN ISO 11612 General Flame, is available in a range of male and female sizes and a range of colours – most frequently seen in the orange and high-viz orange associated with international rescue. A Gore Crosstech SR moisture barrier is used in combination with a choice of outer layers including Nomex Delta C, Kermel and Protex cotton.
Unlike three-layer structural firefighting PPE, USAR kit is not required to have a thermal barrier allowing a two-layered construction to provide the physical protection for rescue teams working in confined spaces among debris. In particular, protection is required against flame and water ingress, exposure to blood borne pathogens and hydrocarbons as well as the hazards of abrasion, puncture and tearing from sheared metal, timber and rubble. The coat and trouser combination features a special zip fastening that securely connects the jacket to the trousers to maintain the integrity of the ensemble under difficult entry and search conditions.
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