Back to black for fire crews

South Yorkshire's firefighters are taking on a fresh new look this month as they switch to brand new safety kit. The county's crews, who have worn red firefighting kit for the last eight years, were overwhelming in their desire to return to black clothing- a traditional colour worn by firefighters in the UK for more than 100 years.
South Yorkshire's firefighters are taking on a fresh new look this month as they switch to brand new safety kit. The county's crews, who have worn red firefighting kit for the last eight years, were overwhelming in their desire to return to black clothing- a traditional colour worn by firefighters in the UK for more than 100 years.

South Yorkshire’s firefighters are taking on a fresh new look this month as they switch to brand new safety kit.

The county’s crews, who have worn red firefighting kit for the last eight years, were overwhelming in their desire to return to black clothing- a traditional colour worn by firefighters in the UK for more than 100 years.

In the deal with suppliers Bristol Uniforms, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue’s firefighters will be equipped with full new sets of protective gear, including helmets, hoods, tunics, trousers, boots, goggles and gloves. These will replace the previous fire kit, which had reached the end of its lifespan.

All the kit has a high level of thermal protection, allowing crews to safely deal with the thousands of fires, plus rescues and road traffic collisions, across the county every year.

The clothing uses rigorously tested fabrics including quilted felt and specially designed membranes, to protect firefighters from heat whilst ensuring they have maximum mobility to carry out their life saving work.

Assistant chief fire officer Neil Hessell, said: “Fire services are entering challenging financial times, but one thing we will never compromise on is the safety of our operational crews.”