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Bristol Uniforms Firefighter PPE Fabric Layers

by Greg Preston

Bristol Uniforms Firefighter PPE Fabric Layers and firefighter clothing meets all internationally recognised standards including those for Europe (EN), the USA (NFPA) and the Internationally Standards Organisation (ISO). Testing against the relevant standards is carried out by independent laboratories. Tests include flash fire testing on computer monitored gas fired mannequins to check the flame and heat resistance of fire coats and trousers.

Technically advanced fabrics

Firefighter protective clothing comprises 3 layers: outer layer, moisture barrier and thermal barrier. We select our fabrics from the range of advanced products which are the result of close collaboration between the leading fibre producers and fabric manufacturers.

Outer layers

These products include DuPontTM Nomex® III, Nomex® Tough (Delta T) and Hainsworth TITAN1220 made from DuPont fibres; PBI Gold and PBI Matrix from PBI Performance Products and Kermel.

Moisture barriers

We principally use moisture barriers manufactured by the world’s leading specialist in this area, W L Gore & Associates. Gore products are microporous and perform a dual function by preventing the ingress of water whilst also allowing perspiration and heat to escape resulting in a reduction in heat stress for the wearer.

GORE-TEX® FIREBLOCKER, GORE-TEX® AIRLOCK, CROSSTECH® FIREBLOCKER, CROSSTECH® AIRLOCK, GORE® PARALLON system with GORE-TEX or CROSSTECH moisture barrier.

Thermal barriers

We use a lightweight thermal barrier made from 100% Aramid non-woven felt which is quilted to a choice of Nomex® Delta Comfort, Nomex® Viscose or FR cotton.

For more information visit www.bristoluniforms.com/

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