Flame-Pro from Packsome
Published: 01 October, 2005
UK-based Packsome Clothing, an ISO9001:2000 certified company, has launched a new range of garments under the brand name Flame-Pro.
Company MD Philip Johnson told IFJ that the new range is the result of comments from fire brigades and industrial sectors, with particular regard to heat stress.
Flame-Pro – made from meta-aramide Kermel – is suitable for northern and tropical climates, with fabric weights of between 170gsm to 230gsm, and with characteristics ranging from the highly breathable to the wind protective.
The benefits of Kermel are high durability, inherent FR properties, high colour-fastness, and ability to withstand ultraviolet exposure and industrial laundering.
Philip points out that the company has a deep understanding of the needs of fire and rescue divisions in the context of PPE. “It is certain to say that it is simply not possible to provide garments which meet all the requirements of each individual wearer from firefighter to manual worker, from a range of stock products. The cost involved to a manufacturer, using expensive fabrics, relatively low volume requirements and highly specified products, makes a nonsense of the prevailing view that such garments should be inexpensive.”
Philip believes that just because an item of PPE – such as a high visibility vest – can be bought for a couple of pounds or dollars does not mean that technical products should follow the same theme. “The real cost of providing such products does not stop at the actual cost of the fabric and the manufacturing processes, but extends to the trialling and testing of finished garments to the necessary standards.’
After 40-years working in the specialised feel of fire protective garments, Philip believes Packsome Clothing has the advantage of extensive knowledge of design, HSE requirements, fabric performance, and end user feedback.
“The latest example of our close ties with end-user requirements has resulted in the specific commissioning of a waterproof, breathable, high visibility (to EN471), anti-static, anti-arc and inherently FR fabric engineered into a range of garments, to meet the needs of users in a variety of high risk conditions. In common with many contributors to this overview of the market, I have no hesitation in saying that if you wish to provide garments that protect your workforce properly, you should only consider those products with proven provenance. Anything else is an insult to those people at risk from the environment in which they have to work.”