Twente Safety Region in the Netherlands orders 1,028 sets of protective firefighting clothing

Published:  14 January, 2015

Delivery of the first firefighters' sets of protectivewear is expected to start in March 2015.

The new uniforms will be manufactured by the LHD Group in Germany and the multiprotective fabrics produced by TenCate Protective Fabrics, Netherlands.

The contract was awarded following a competitive tender and extensive wearer trials, which resulted in the selection of the TenCate Millenia fabric.

Karin Klein Hesselink, end-use market manager at TenCate Protective Fabrics, commented: 'We are delighted that our high-tech materials have now also been tested by the Twente Safety Region and have proved to be the best and thus been selected for their new firefighters' uniforms. The positive characteristics that the firefighters personally experienced during these field tests are a direct reflection of the results that emerged in our own laboratory and at independent testing institutes. Field tests are an essential part of the whole tendering process. The firefighters should be able to experience for themselves how comfortable and functional their professional equipment is and consequently they should have confidence in the firefighters' uniform providing them optimal protection and support during their hazardous operations.'

According to TenCate, the Millenia fabric uses a fibre that is ten times stronger than steel wire. Even after exposure to intense heat and flames, the fabric remains strong and supple, unlike most traditional fabrics used in firefighters' uniforms.

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