Left to right: Dr. Timo Czech, MD, Lion Apparel Germany, and Commandant Eli van Strien, Amsterdam Fire Service, signing the contract.

Amsterdam Fire Service feels the V-Force

Published:  26 November, 2012

One of the biggest ‘single issue’ orders for fire kit in the Netherlands has been received by Lion Apparel Germany.

The fire service of Amsterdam-Amstelland (BAA) will be taking delivery of 1,600 Lion V-Force firefighting suits.

The contract had been preceded by intensive, comparative wearability tests involving eight models of different manufacturers. ‘The Lion V-Force firefighting suit was judged to be top of the class by all test persons. The Lion PPE (personal protective equipment) convinced with the best wearing comfort and a very high level of protective properties which surpass the required norm EN 469 by far,’ said Paul de Jong, duty officer and project manager procurement at Brandweer Amsterdam-Amstelland.

A number of fire services around the world have selected the Lion V Force including in Chicago, Los Angeles, Toronto, but also in Hamburg, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and even in Africa by the Ghana National Fire Service.

The new suit has been described by Lion as a genuine quantum leap for Amsterdam. The fire service is changing from a dark blue protective suit to a gold model made of the high-tech fabric Millennia Light, combined with a Gore-Tex Fireblocker membrane and a heat insulation inner lining with PUDOTS thermal technology. The water-vapour permeable, perforated reflecting stripes make the fire fighter clearly visible from all sides and offer excellent protection. The stripes meet the optional requirements of attachment B of EN 469.

Dr. Timo Czech, Managing Director, Lion Apparel Germany, and Klaus Hawerkamp, as project manager responsible for the Amsterdam fire service contract, are giving their best to ensure delivery of the PPE within eight weeks. ‘We have just completed the sizing of all fire fighters in Amsterdam. This is part of our comprehensive service. We were on location with two teams of tailors to take the measurements of all fire fighters. Thus we ensure that each garment is exactly the right size. This is the basis of a high wear comfort and the beginning of our service undertaking,’ said Klaus Hawerkamp. ‘The new client in Amsterdam, our first large customer in the Netherlands, is very special to our colleagues from supply chain management and quite challenging. But the order of 1.600 suits in eight weeks is routine for our production team. They are working on contracts for over 10,000 fire fighting suits for customers outside Europe in parallel’, added Dr. Timo Czech.

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