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.…

3M Donates Safety Equipment To Moorland Firefighters

Fire crews battling moorland blazes in Lancashire and Manchester have received a donation of personal protective equipment (PPE) from 3M. The science-based technology company gave a total of 150 reusable respirators and 200 flame-retardant bump caps to Lancashire Fire and…

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…

Fighting back on heat stress

Heat stress is especially life-threatening for firefighters and remains the number-one cause of firefighter casualties. Thankfully, the industry is fighting back with the development of several new weapons in the battle against this dangerous condition. Heat stress is caused by…

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…

A suit to suit

Roger Startin, Joint Managing Director of Bristol Uniforms, explores the complex variations in PPE requirements for firefighters across the globe, and the challenge of developing PPE to suit specific countries and climates. Across the world, fire and rescue services vary…

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…

INNOTEX® Acquires a Third Production Facility

INNOTEX®, an international company specialising in the design and manufacturing of firefighter protective gear, including clothing, gloves and hoods, has just acquired Confections Aventure, a specialised garment manufacturer. The company’s 55 employees will join INNOTEX®’s team of 180 employees in the…

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…

Ballyclare Displays Wide Product Offering at A+A Exhibition

Europe’s leading trade exhibition covering safety, security and health at work gave specialist workwear manufacturer Ballyclare an excellent opportunity to highlight the breadth of its offering to these different sectors. The A + A event took place from 17 to…

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…

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…

Ballyclare Van Presented to Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service

Leading workwear manufacturer Ballyclare Limited recently restructured the managed service contract it holds with Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS), in a move which has enabled the Service to purchase a new vehicle to add to its fleet. “We provide…

Exhibition Underlines Ballyclare’s Position as Leading Fire Sector PPE Provider

The 2017 Emergency Services Show gave visitors to the Ballyclare stand the opportunity to view the full extent of the company’s PPE and safety wear offering to the fire service, and to examine some of the latest developments which were…

Champion Crossfit Firefighter Puts Ballyclare Fire Kit to the Test

A  firefighter who is also a world-class champion athlete has praised the performance of the Xenon structural fire and rescue garments launched last year by Ballyclare Limited. Before becoming the 2013 World CrossFit Games champion, athlete Sam Briggs worked as…

A+A 2017 Presents Everything Revolving Around Modern Protective Clothing for Firefighters

High-quality equipment is important for fire services because this provides the best possible protection when fighting a blaze. Post-deployment hygiene should not be neglected. This is because contamination can lead to considerable health hazards. The A+A as the world’s leading…

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…

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…

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