Technically advanced fabrics
Firefighter protective clothing comprises 3 layers: outer layer, moisture barrier and thermal barrier. We select our fabrics from the range of advanced products which are the result of close collaboration between the leading fibre producers and fabric manufacturers.
These products include DuPontTM Nomex® III, Nomex® Tough (Delta T) and Hainsworth TITAN1220 made from DuPont fibres; PBI Gold and PBI Matrix from PBI Performance Products and Kermel.
We principally use moisture barriers manufactured by the world’s leading specialist in this area, W L Gore & Associates. Gore products are microporous and perform a dual function by preventing the ingress of water whilst also allowing perspiration and heat to escape resulting in a reduction in heat stress for the wearer.
GORE-TEX® FIREBLOCKER, GORE-TEX® AIRLOCK, CROSSTECH® FIREBLOCKER, CROSSTECH® AIRLOCK, GORE® PARALLON system with GORE-TEX or CROSSTECH moisture barrier.
We use a lightweight thermal barrier made from 100% Aramid non-woven felt which is quilted to a choice of Nomex® Delta Comfort, Nomex® Viscose or FR cotton.
Manufactured around our core designs which provide the required levels of protection to meet the specified performance standards, each set of firefighter clothing is made to a particular specification. This is determined by the operational requirements of each fire & rescue service, which calls for special tailoring features, and the body shape of the wearer which determines the particular size against which each garment is made.
Special features include:
Sizing and compatibility are two features which Bristol prioritise when determining the manufacturing specification. Our products offer 28 sizes for both male and female wearers, which provide a close and comfortable fit for the majority of firefighters. Our bespoke capability allows us to provide additional individual sizes, if required, at extra cost.
Careful design of all patterns ensured good garment fit as well as full compatibility with helmets, flash hoods, gloves and boots.
For more details refer to our Introduction – Technical Brochure
To achieve the high standards set by the various standards bodies, Bristol works closely with the world’s leading fibre and fabric producers whose technically advanced fabrics, when used in combination, provide the high levels of personal protection and wearer safety required in a world which has become increasingly alert to the need to maximise employee health and safety.