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Protective Clothing For Firefighters

Overview

European and international standards have been issued to ensure that firefighters are protected against heat and fire. The requirements are based on the usage and type of garment and BTTG™  are able to offer an extensive service in relation to the following:

  1. Clothing (typically jacket and trousers) - Firefighting operations – EN 469 & AS/NZS 4967
  2. Clothing (typically jacket and trousers) – Wildland fires – EN 15614, ISO 15384 & AS/NZS 4824
  3. Clothing (typically jacket and trousers) – Specialized firefighting – EN 1486 & ISO 15538
  4. Firehoods – EN 13911
  5. Gloves – EN 659 & AS 2161.6

Test requirements

The test requirements vary with the item being tested and the usage but typically a series of tests would be required from the following range:

  • Flame spread – ISO 15025
  • Heat resistance – EN 367/ISO 9151, ISO 6942 & ISO 12127
  • Tensile, tear & seam strength – ISO 13934-1, ISO 13937-2 & ISO 13935-2
  • Surface wetting – EN 24920
  • Dimensional change – ISO 5077
  • Penetration by liquid chemicals – ISO 6530
  • Water penetration – EN 20811
  • Water vapour resistance & thermal resistance – EN 31092
  • Abrasion resistance – ISO 12947-2
  • Cut, teat & puncture resistance – EN 388 

With the exception of gloves, the majority of the testing is carried out after 5 wash/dry cycles in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

For further information, please contact Chris Dean (+44 (0)161 876 4211 cdean@bttg-fts.co.uk) who will be happy to discuss your requirements.