How we create the perfect firefighting kit for your brigade

Here at FlamePro we have a reputation for designing the best kit to protect firefighters from the hazards they face every day. But how do we do that? And what flexibility is there if you’re the one specifying the new kit for your brigade?


The FlamePro approach to firefighter garments and PPE


Our approach is a tried and tested one – we have a dedicated new product development team who create the foundations of our garments. They scour the market for the best fabrics, the latest technology, the most up-to-date solutions and innovations. Then we create the basic garments using all of that knowledge. This gives us some standard suits across structural, technical rescue and wildland, plus some more specialist gear such as for water rescues.


We use these as the basis of all the firefighting garments we create for customers. Each suit also features the small details we know firefighters need, including various pockets and loops for stowage.


Designed in the UK, our manufacturing is in Europe and we work hard to ensure that our delivery lead times are the best they can be. Currently we work on six to eight weeks for delivery, cutting in half the industry average delivery time. We even hold stock of some core items, meaning you can have your hands on them in a matter of days.


Make the changes you need to make your brigade’s firefighting kit your own


We want to provide customers with flexibility, so we can make changes to our standard kit to increase the strength of the fabric, change the weight, or increase or decrease the heat protection. We’re keen on user testing, so work with customers to get their firefighters into our kit so they can give us accurate feedback about how it feels to wear.


If yours is a private brigade such as at an airport, you’ll want to use a light-weight suit most of the time as the chances are you’ll be called on to do more rescuing than fighting fires. You can be confident our 770/775 suit will balance your comfort on station with the performance needed to keep you safe when called out. It’s available in four fabrics for different requirements and specifications.


In state brigades, less than a third of the incidents attended are fires, with false alarms the most prevalent reasons to turn out (c40%), and non-fire incidents accounting for about a third of shouts. Our 770/775 lightweight suit will also be a great starting point, being comfortable when you’re at the station, and appropriate for attending rescue and other non-fire incidents, removing the need to pull on your kit in the appliance en-route.


You might want to add ranks or other identifiers on epaulettes, or if you think you need extra hooks, loops or pockets, we can make that happen for you too.


The FlamePro approach


We want to give customers cutting-edge technology and the best solution for your needs. We source the best fabrics and make sure that our standard kit has everything you require to face the rigours and dangers of modern firefighting. Any changes you make become the cherry on top of what’s already an industry-leading set of kit.


To chat to one of our friendly team about how we combine our design knowledge with the flexibility to create the perfect set of kit for your firefighting brigade, give us a call on +44 (0) 1332 341030.

Rescue-wear for non-fire call-outs

Structural suits will protect your firefighters from heat and contaminants, but they are heavy and can get uncomfortable after a while, which is why we recommend rescue-wear for non-fire call-outs.


Rescue-wear is designed to be lighter and allow a greater range of motion while keeping firefighters safe, warm and comfortable in a range of rescue situations, including road traffic collisions (RTCs), first response, non-fire training operations and other related rescue incidents such as working at height.


The right kit for the job


Having the right set of kit for the right work is essential. You can read more about kit that’s suitable for water based incidents and high volume pumping. And we’ve written another article on wildland fires and the best garments for tackling them.


So what’s required from technical rescue suits? Clearly firefighters don’t need protection from excessive heat or flames during rescue operations, which allows for a lot more flexibility. Rescue suits need to be waterproof but breathable to keep crews comfortable whether they’re responding to a RTC in torrential rain or working at height in the summer.


FlamePro’s lightweight rescue kit


FlamePro has launched a new two-piece jacket and trousers rescue-wear set as well as already stocking a selection of gloves for all rescue situations. The technical kit is waterproof with an internal membrane to keep firefighters dry. They are also resistant to antiviral and blood borne pathogens to keep firefighters safe.


These new sets are also the first rescue-wear kits that glow in the dark, going beyond the typical high vis strips to provide improved visibility – particularly useful in winter when 14-16 hours out of every 24 are dark here in the UK.


The jacket has inner wrist cuffs with a thumb loop to increase comfort in the jacket as well as weatherproofing and a double band 50mm triple-trim around ankle cuffs in the trousers.


For our full range of rescue wear for non-fire call-outs, including lists of the benefits and features, visit our website or give one of our friendly team a call on +44 (0) 1332 341030.