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LayerFlex is a move away from the traditional approach to PPE design where firefighters are issued with fire coats and trousers designed for structural firefighting to be used for all operational activities.

With LayerFlex Bristol Uniforms have designed and introduced a new layered approach using three garments, which when used in different combinations, provide the required levels of protection for structural and wildland firefighting as well as technical rescue operations.

These LayerFlex garments have been designed to ensure that a firefighter is wearing garments which are suitable for the role being undertaken, rather than wearing structural fire clothing for all roles (including Technical Rescue and Wildland firefighting).

The ensemble consists of three garments: –

  • A RescueFlex Coat
  • An XFlex Outer Coat
  • An XFlex Trouser

RescueFlex Coat

The Coat is manufactured from: –

Outer Fabric: Hi Visibility Red or Yellow

Moisture Barrier: Crosstech SR

The RescueFlex Coat meets the following standards: Wildland Standard EN15164: 2007 Code Letter A1: Hi-Visibility Standard EN20471: 2013 Class 3: Industrial (Protective Clothing against Heat and Flame) EN11612: 2008

Style Features

  • Short style coat
  • Vented underarm panels
  • Angled pockets and flaps
  • Fully breathable through all layers
  • Elbow reinforcement
  • Improved weatherproof seal over front zip
  • Improved throat protection
  • Knitted cuff with thumb loops
  • Wrist straps to close hems on sleeves over gloves
  • Pleated back
  • Underarms gussets
  • 3M silver reflective trim

XFlex Outer Coat

Outer Fabric: Available in Hainsworth TITAN1260, Hainsworth TITAN1220, Pbi Matrix®, Nomex® 3DP, and other fabrics are also available.

Inner Lining: Thermal barrier (options are available)

The XFlex Outer Coat when worn with the RescueFlex Coat meets EN469: 2005 Level 2.

Style Features

  • Tapered body shape
  • Hem curved up at front and down at back – comfort and protection
  • Shoulder shape and under arm gussets allow for full rotational arm movement
  • Shoulder yoke shaped for comfort, especially with breathing apparatus
  • Deep return on cuff hem ensures gloves fit well inside sleeve

XFlex Trouser

Outer Fabric: Available in Hainsworth TITAN1260, Hainsworth TITAN1220, Pbi Matrix®, Nomex® 3DP, and other fabrics are also available.

Moisture Barrier: Crosstech Fire Blocker

Inner Lining: Thermal Barrier (options are available)

The XFlex Trouser meets EN469: 2005 Level 2.

Style Features

  • Natural waistline at front with high curved back
  • Centrally placed zip fly allows tapering of top of trouser, giving superior fit and making it easier to put on
  • H Braces with unique webbing slide adjuster
  • Large twin pleated cargo pockets with shaped pocket flap incorporating integral pull tab, and large internal patch pocket, with care and instruction label
  • Inside hem lined with Neoprene to minimise abrasion from boots
  • Fully articulated 3 dimensional ergonomic knee shaping which goes through all layers
  • Very flexible reinforcement fabric used
  • LayerFlex
  • LayerFlex

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Bristol Uniforms is one of the world’s leading designers and manufacturers of PPE for the emergency services. Established in 1801 as a clothing manufacturer, the company began manufacturing fire clothing in 1962 and went on to become a pioneer in the development of advanced firefighter PPE.

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