Dorset Fire and Rescue goes for Gold!
Local communities will soon be seeing DFRS firefighters in new gold fire fighting clothing rather than the traditional dark blue, as the Service signs a new procurement contract with Bristol Uniforms.
Chairman of Dorset Fire Authority, Chris Bulteel, said: “After an exhaustive selection process, which included trails by our own firefighters, we have chosen Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) manufactured by Bristol Uniforms who are our existing supplier. The Gold PPE came first in national trials recently so we are assured that it offers the best in terms of safety protection for our operational crews, while offering the best value for money.”
The clothing has an outer layer of what is known as 'PBI Gold' which provides excellent protection from heat and fire, combined with an innovative lining which adds further protection from heat and water while being lightweight.
Chief Fire Officer, Darran Gunter, added: “The PPE provides excellent protection without imposing high levels of physiological stress on our fire fighters. Therefore it ensures they can operate safely and effectively at emergency incidents. We are absolutely committed to safer communities and of course, safer firefighters.”
DFRS has chosen to procure the new PPE through the Integrated Clothing Project contract (ICP), which was led by FireBuy - a national public buying organisation created to provide a range of procurement services to the Fire Service. The new clothing contract will cost £600k as part of the Service's Capital Programme, and will be in place by the end of 2010.
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