Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service’s New Fire Kits

In 2009, Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service became the first in the country to choose the latest technology from DuPont and Hainsworth for its new fire fighting kit.

Manufactured by Bristol Uniforms the new fire kit for Nottinghamshire is made of TITAN® fabric which incorporates the renowned fibers DuPont™ Nomex® and DuPont™ Kevlar®.

After 20 years of their previous style kit, 950 fire fighters from Nottinghamshire were able to don their new PPE that consist of red/grey trousers and tunics and a new jet style helmet designed to give greater protection. In addition to the new design, the kit offers greater comfort to the 27 female fire fighters by having dedicated male and female styles.

Clothing Fire and Rescue Services

The TITAN® fire kits are procured outside the Government’s Integrated Clothing Project (ICP). The ICP, managed by Fire Buy, is the first national procurement project for clothing Fire and Rescue Services (FRS). The aim of the project is to deliver, via a single service provider, a complete range of clothing designed specifically for FRS staff, including protective clothing that offers comprehensive protection for firefighters.

“We carried out a variety of independent trials and these confirmed that the TITAN® kit performed extremely well, offering comfort and ease of movement for all our fire fighters,” said Frank Swann, Chief Fire Officer, Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service. “As CFO I have a responsibility to invest in the best possible equipment and clothing that keep our fire fighters safe whilst still being able to carry out their activities.”

Speaking about the new kits, Group Manager Trevor Tarlton-Weatherall explained: “Our previous style fire kit in Nottinghamshire had been in use for the past 19 years, so this represents a massive change, for both us and the way the public will see us at incidents. The new kit is lighter and more breathable, and therefore more comfortable than our previous kit, but offers even greater protection from fire.”

He continues: “Our old kit was good and has given long service but, because of the new technology now available from DuPont and Hainsworth, the new kit is significantly better. The comfort and well-being of our fire fighters is of paramount importance to us. The kit has undergone rigorous testing in which it has performed extremely well. I am confident that our fire fighters will feel the benefit of the new kits.”

Selection based on testing and evaluation

The new TITAN® kits, which will serve well into the next decade, were selected from a number of potential kits following rigorous testing and evaluation, including trials by Brigade operational staff. Every element of the new kit has been designed to integrate with each other and the new kit is fu