Bristol Uniforms Ltd
XFlex is Bristol’s latest silhouette in light-weight firefighting PPE. Ergonomically designed it gives the ultimate in fit and comfort for the maximum number of body types. XFlex has distinctive sports styling and offers a garment combination that is suitable for the various hazardous roles associated with a fire-fighter’s work.
In a move away from the traditional approach to PPE design, firefighters are issued with fire coats and trousers designed for structural firefighting to be used for all operational activities. We have designed and introduced a new layered approach using three garments, which when used in different combinations, provide the required levels of protection for structural and wildland firefighting as well as technical rescue operations.
These garments have been designed to ensure that a firefighter is wearing garments which are suitable for the role being undertaken, rather than wearing structural fire clothing for all roles (including Technical Rescue and Wildland firefighting).
More specialised garments are now being deployed in non-structural firefighting situations. Technical rescue PPE, often termed USAR, is now being used in confined space operations as well as road traffic accidents.
Bristol USAR garments have a two-layer construction incorporating a flame retardant outerlayer with a waterproof membrane to provide flexibility and physical protection against injury when deployed in collapsed buildings or damaged vehicles.