Bristol Uniforms, a leading designer and manufacturer of protective clothing for emergency services across the globe, has launched a new PPE design for structural fire fighting, offering advanced protection to combat the new and emerging risks faced by modern day firefighters.
EOS – named after the Greek goddess of the dawn – builds on the success of Bristol’s XFlex and UK Collaborative Framework ranges, retaining the popular ergonomic sports styling and advanced protection provided by high-quality specialist fabrics. The new style is sleek, modern and ultra-flexible, enabling even better manoeuvrability. This is partly due to the introduction of HEX-TT, a distinctive, supple reflective taping. The precise cube-pattern of the new taping features tiny gaps, resulting in an outer layer that is significantly more supple and flexible, and easier to repair.
EOS also has specific design features to avoid the build-up of toxic smoke particles in vulnerable areas. Reflective tape is attached to garments using heat, which results in a smoother finish. The front of the jacket and sleeves have a simpler style, free from pockets or unnecessary features where particles can accumulate. Instead, storm pockets are situated at the back of the jacket which typically receives less smoke exposure. The new range comes with particle-blocking wrist cuffs, and optional particle-blocking skirt around the torso and wind cuffs around the ankles, for superior particulate protection.
EOS is also hard-wearing and even longer-lasting, crucially able to withstand frequent washing and tumble drying, which has become increasingly important in protecting firefighters against carcinogens.
Roger Startin, Joint Managing Director at Bristol Uniforms, said, “We’re very excited to be bringing EOS to market after many months of perfecting the new range. EOS has been developed in direct response to the changing risks faced by today’s firefighters and the new precautions required to keep them safe. By listening to our customers throughout the process from concept through to thorough wearer trials, and by taking advantage of the very latest fabric technology on the market, we have created a new design that is bright, modern and stylish, with outstanding protective qualities. It is also very versatile and can meet the specific needs of our customers operating in all corners of the world.”
Suitable for international markets, EOS has been designed to meet the requirements of the CEN standard EN469 Level 2, NFPA standard NFPA 1971:2018, and the Australian standard AS 4967: 2019. It is available in a wide range of colour combinations to suit any national or regional preferences and is compatible with a wide range of accessories and equipment including integrated safety harnesses and drag rescue devices. Customers also have the option to add radio pockets and loops to accommodate specific equipment.
For more information visit www.bristoluniforms.com/eos