PPE

PPSS Group announces body armour advancement

Based on a comprehensive understanding of today’s most realistic threats faced by homeland and private security professionals, PPSS Group has announced an official replacement for its highly acclaimed polycarbonate-based stab resistant body armour. The firm’s product video (below), featuring the CEO Robert Kaiser being beaten and stabbed wearing the body armour is widely regarded as… Read more »

Safety helmets protecting Thames Valley’s air ambulance life savers

When Thames Valley Air Ambulance’s Helicopter Emergency Medics had a requirement for a new helmet solution, the charity looked no further than Vimpex, which had successfully supplied helmets to other air ambulance services, including Lincolnshire and Kent. Following meetings to identify product performance requirements, and a product trial by critical care paramedics and doctors, Thames… Read more »

Cornwall FRS goes for gold with new structural fire fighting PPE

Firefighters across Cornwall are wearing new PPE, procured through the UK Collaborative PPE Framework. All 560 firefighters in the county have been equipped with two sets of new gold-coloured structural coats and trousers, along with flash hoods, and a set of both structural and rescue gloves. The new PPE, designed and manufactured by Bristol Uniforms,… Read more »

Versatile helmet provides safety, comfort and purpose

The Cean XT4-G2, available from Cean Helmets Inc, was engineered for boat forces, maritime rescue and mountain operations with a buoyant, low-profile, lightweight (540g) and multi-adaptable helmet design providing safety, comfort and purpose for the mission at hand. The helmet features a high-impact Polycarbonate blend shell with UV and flame-resistant properties. It incorporates an inner… Read more »

European firefighter PPE standard updated

The European standard EN 469, which ensures protective clothing worn by firefighters is of good quality, fit for purpose and adequately protective, has been revised and published this month. The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) published EN469: 2020 Protective clothing for firefighters – Performance requirements for protective clothing for firefighting in mid-August. EN 469 covers… Read more »

New kit and vehicles for Norfolk’s firefighters

Firefighters across Norfolk have received £1.44m of new kit as part of an investment by Norfolk County Council in technology and equipment. In addition, five new multi-purpose tactical response vehicles (TRV) are due to be put into service this month, to enhance NFRS’s capability in extreme weather conditions and at difficult to reach locations. These… Read more »

UK fire and rescue services reap Collaborative PPE Framework benefits

Thirty-three fire and rescue services (FRSs), comprising over 33,500 firefighters, are now benefiting from the Local Authority Collaborative PPE Framework. Launched three years ago, in June 2017, the framework gives UK FRSs access to high quality PPE ensembles and volume discounts through a streamlined procurement process. The framework was set up in response to calls… Read more »

Boots on the ground: Heroes Wear HAIX®

HAIX®, an innovative, hi-tech manufacturer of specialist footwear based in Bavaria, Germany, has gained its reputation for reliability and quality in footwear for firefighters, police, emergency services and taskforces worldwide. HAIX® focuses on protecting operators from the day-to-day hazards of demanding, dangerous and life-saving roles, while maintaining outstanding comfort. Its innovative designs are inspired by… Read more »