Flamepro to share PPE expertise during Emergency Services Show 2014

Published:  16 September, 2014

Flamepro will be exhibiting new structural firefighter’s suits at the Emergency Services Show in September, together with a range of specialist garments specifically designed for Fire & Rescue Services (F&RSs), writes Managing Director Philip Johnson.

The new suits we are launching use advanced materials from Dutch manufacturer Tencate. The Gemini XTL is the best-performing, PBI-based outer shell and it incorporates a patented high strength grid which combines extreme durability and outstanding resistance to abrasion with lightweight comfort and excellent thermal protection. Also new is the Advance Light, a high-performing  plain weave ripstop outer shell that combines a high percentage of para-aramid with both meta-aramid and antistatic yarns to ensure outstanding resistance to cuts and punctures, excellent durability and exceptional strength retention.

We continue to offer the ever-popular Kermel HTA Ripstop and Kermel A90 outer shell fabrics for structural firefighters turnout gear, with the A90 available in a range of colours and certified to the Marine Equipment Directive (MED, Wheelmark).

The PBO Millenia Light 450 system structural firefighters suits still lead the world market for lightweight suits. They provide remarkable levels of comfort by enabling greater levels of work output whilst reducing heart rate when firefighters are subjected to heavy workloads or in hot and humid conditions. 

The modern firefighter has to undertake a much wider range of operational activities than just fighting fires; high volume pumping (HVP), rescue from height, extrication from restricted places, wildland firefighting and road traffic collision are just some of the duties now undertaken. Structural kit is not suitable for these activities and since high levels of thermal protection are not required it makes sense to use garments actually designed for more specific rescue operations. We have a wide range of specialist clothing, and we use fabrics that provide high levels of durability and comfort whilst actively giving the levels of protection required. Featured below is the new Flamepro Level 1, flame retardant, waterproof breathable jacket currently being used by the Magnox Emergency Response Team at Oldbury Nuclear Power Station in Gloucestershire.

One area in which Flamepro specialises is that of offering bespoke garments for individual firefighter’s requirements, whether that is for a perfect fit or for additional features such as specialized protection, pocket styles or types of fabrics. We have many years of experience in garment design, specialist textiles and waterproof, breathable membrane systems, and we enjoy using this knowledge to guide firefighters towards the best solutions for their requirements. A major problem with emergency response teams is a lack of a proper understanding of modern textile systems and we pride ourselves on being able to educate and advise procurement managers in this area.

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