New marine firefighting kit meets the latest MarED standards

Published:  29 November, 2011

An all-new range of marine firefighting PPE, designed to meet the introduction of upgraded European MarED standards from December 2011, has been introduced by Bristol Uniforms (UK).


Maintaining the traditional yellow outerlayer, associated with marine firefighter protective clothing for over 50 years, Bristol’s new range of Fleet Suits has been designed to meet BS469:2005 Level 2 and Level 1, is internationally recognised and continues to provide the high level of visibility valued by marine firefighters the world over.

The new garments, independently tested and with Wheelmark Certification, which include coat and trousers, boots, gloves and helmets meet Marine Equipment Directive (MarED) 96/98/EC, are available in fabric combinations which meet either Level 2 or Level 1. The Level 2 garment is a 3 layer combination using an HR2YE yellow outerlayer, moisture barrier and an inner thermal barrier quilted to FR cotton. The Level 1 variant is a 2 layer composite, similar to the Level 2 option, without the moisture barrier.

New compatible accessories include a yellow flame resistant, high temperature copolymer plastic helmet incorporating a polycarbonate anti-scratch and anti-fog visor (EN443), new blue, heat resistant leather gloves with knitted wristlet and aramid lining (EN 659) and a vulcanised rubber boot, incorporating a steel toe cap and mid sole (EN 15090).

Commenting on the new Marine PPE range, Bristol’s UK Sales Manager, Philip Tasker, said, “With the new European Marine Directive (MarED) adopting the current European structural firefighting standard EN 469:2005 to replace the more general EN ISO 11612 (Clothing to protect against heat and flame), this provided us with the opportunity to introduce a new set of protective garments which not only meet the new standard performance requirements, but also reflect our policy of designing use-specific PPE for different applications, allowing us to add the new fleet suit to our range of structural, wildland and technical rescue PPE”. 

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