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Firefighters’ New PPE

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Firefighters’ New PPE

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Firefighters in the Daventry District are due to benefit from new PPE as Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue introduce new PPE to the county.

Representing the first major change in PPE in 15 years, firefighters will be saying goodbye to their old, dark blue PPE and hello to the new PPE which is lighter, more modern design aimed at protecting firefighters from heat penetration, as well as maximising their freedom of movement when carrying out rescue duties.

Chief Fire Officer Darren Dovey said: “If you stop to think about all the different aspects of a firefighter’s job, which can include everything from dealing with a fire, to carrying out a rescue at a road traffic collision, the design of PPE is extremely important.

“I am confident this up-to-date new, lighter kit with its fresh, modern design by Bristol Uniforms, will positively impact firefighters’ wellbeing. If they can carry out their daily work feeling safer and more at ease in what they are wearing, that is a real change for the better.”

The press release continues; ‘The kit, including fire boots, structural firefighting coats, overtrousers, gloves and fire hoods, has been specially designed to create something called an ‘XFlex silhouette’ the aim being that it will fit equally well on different body types.’

London Fire Brigade and Buckinghamshire Fire Service already have a similar design in service. The layered PPE includes an outershell fabric, a moisture barrier and thermal lining, designed to keep the heat of a fire from penetrating through the suit.

The PPE is llighter colour complete with reflective strips, one of the benefits of the lighter colour (in addition to being seen more easily) is that signs of dirt such as soot, other contamination or damage can be spotted much more quickly.

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service has entered into a ‘fully managed service’ contract with Bristol Uniforms, who not only manufacture the kit but will also launder and maintain it as part of the deal.

Stephen Mold, the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, said: “Firefighters are expected, on a daily basis, to enter into often extremely dangerous situations and help people who can be frightened and vulnerable.

These new garments mark a significant investment and will equip our firefighters with the next generation of comfortable and effective kit. This new kit meets the best professional standards and if it helps to keep them safer in the challenging situations they find themselves in, then the investment has to be money well spent.”

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