Gold suits protect fire fighters

MALAYSIA:  Gold suits protect fire fighters

Source: The Star Online, Malysia, 28 October  2001


By Liz Clark 
Fire fighters going into hazardous situations need the best possible protection against searing heat and flames. And a
company in Northern Ireland that specialises in producing clothing for fire fighters has used state-of-the-art technology
to produce the new PBI Gold suits (pictured). Developed by Ballyclare Special Products (BSP), they are constructed from advancedmaterials such as Kevlar and feature enhanced flame-retardant properties to protect frontline fire fighters. 
“The PBI suit offers fire fighters three layers of protection and at the same time are extremely comfortable,” said BSP product director Peter Browne. 
“The fabric used in the new suit, which meets the latest European standards, isbreathable, includes a moisture barrier and has a thermal lining,” he added. It is also highly visible in smoky, dimly lit locations. 
The company, a market leader in the design and manufacture of highly protective and visible clothing for fire fighters and other emergency services, is renowned for its extensive research and development programme which includes working closely with customers from all over the world to identify and meet their needs. 
The PBI Gold suits are already in use by fire services in New Zealand,Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. Other customers include the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence. 
Apart from fire suits, BSP also designs and makes protective headgear, gloves and boots. The company designs and makes clothing for specialist crash rescue teams, military flying suits, tank crew overalls, anti-riot clothing for police and security forces, and flame-resistant coveralls for police, prison and military use. – LPS 


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