Hand protection for firefighters

Published:  05 August, 2014

Bristol Uniforms to launch new range of structural fire fighting gloves at Emergency Services Show 2014, 24-25 September.

In a further extension of its own-manufacture product strategy, Bristol has designed a range of three structural firefighting gloves to meet EN659:2008 and which have focused on providing class leading protection and manual dexterity.

The new gloves, which have been designed by Bristol’s in-house design team as part of Bristol’s New Product Development Programme (BNPDP), have been fully tested by UK firefighters before going into production and will be available in three different fabric combinations. A robust development programme included extensive trials on alternative material combinations as well as the cut, finger shaping and overall dexterity of the fire gloves.

The first product will be available from the autumn of 2014, which is an all- black, soft, flexible leather design incorporating a Gore Crosstech membrane with a Kevlar lining. Special features include silicone finger and palm grips and a knitted Nomex cuff. Independent testing has shown the glove to score exceptionally well in cut and tear resistance;

  • Test type; EN standard; Score
  • Cut resistance; EN388; 5
  • Abrasion resistance; EN388; 3
  • Puncture resistance; EN388; 3
  • Tear resistance; EN388; 4
  • Dexterity; EN420; 4

Two other gloves in the range, which will be available in 2015, will incorporate Hainsworth Titan fabrics – the former using Titan PBI 1260 and the latter a Titan 1220 in red.

In common with the leather glove, these both include a Gore Crosstech membrane with a Kevlar lining. Identifying features include silicone palms, reflective piping, knuckle protectors and knitted Nomex cuffs. With similar overall rating scores, the individual standard test scores are;

  • Test type; EN standard; Score
  • Cut resistance; EN388; 4
  • Abrasion resistance; EN388; 4
  • Puncture resistance; EN388; 3

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