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Premium Bristol XFlex starts it’s journey south

FRNSW XFlex Heads South

FRNSW XFlex Heads SouthFire + Rescue New South Wales (FRNSW) members are one step closer to donning their new Bristol XFlex ensemble with the arrival of the first 8,000 garments to Pac Fire’s warehousing and distribution facility.

The FRNSW XFlex is Bristol Uniform’s premium lightweight structural firefighting ensemble. Ergonomically designed, the ensemble focuses on delivering maximum comfort for a vast range of male and female body types. FRNSW XFlex has a distinctive sporting style which allows the ensemble to move with the firefighter attracting less resistance resulting in greater flexibility and less energy expenditure.

The FRNSW XFlex outershell, Nomex® 360 by Safety Components, provides vital protection against heat and flame while its unique quick dry moisture management system, GORE® Parallon®, delivers complete balance between breathability and thermal protection.

Pac Fire’s specialised rollout of structural firefighting ensembles to FRNSW includes the allocation of an item to a firefighter on despatch. Allocation involves assigning service information, like garment specifics, date of issue and firefighter information to the unique UHF-RFID chip fitted within the item. This process allows garments to interact with inventory management and laundry syetems, tracking physical location and the condition of the item throughout its service life.

The first FRNSW zone will receive their new ensembles, as well as a second pair of Bristol’s Titan PBI® structural firefighting gloves in July 2020.

Please use the links provided to access more information on Bristol’s XFlex and Titan PBI® structural firefighting gloves.

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Better protection for vulnerable areas

Bristol NanoFlex Nomex Flash Hood
Bristol NanoFlex Nomex Flash Hood
Bristol NanoFlex Nomex Flash Hood (medium fit) THL 469 (W/m²)

Multiple studies into firefighter health and well-being suggest that the flash hood is the most penetrable piece of protective clothing worn by the firefighter. A particularly troubling finding considering the face and neck have been identified as areas of significant dermal exposure to particulate matter and potential carcinogens.

Particulate matter consists of microscopic solid particles or liquid droplets suspended in the air. The smaller the particles, the deeper they can penetrate into the dermis.

So how do you protect against a threat you can’t see?

Identifying the risk of harmful particulates and the vulnerability of the face and neck have spurred the design and creation of next generation fabric composites that include NanoFlex technology. DuPont™ NanoFlex brings superior breathability and improved thermal protection performance to the mix, while creating a barrier that has been found to be 99.8% successful at filtering harmful particulates. Composites that include NanoFlex technology remained soft resulting in less noise being generated from head movement allowing for greater situational awareness.

Bristol NanoFlex PBI Flash Hood
Bristol NanoFlex PBI Flash Hood (large fit) THL 438 (W/m²)
From these new composites, Bristol’s DuPont™ NanoFlex hoods were born. DuPont™ NanoFlex Flash Hoods are the smartest fire hoods on the market. They provide optimum comfort and protection and assist in mitigating heat stress. Hoods that include NanoFlex technology have been found to filter out up to four times the amount of harmful particulates found on the fire ground when compared to a regular fire hood.

Bristol Uniforms offers a Nomex® /DuPont™ NanoFlex (THL 469 (W/m²)) blend as well as a PBI® / DuPont™ NanoFlex (THL 438 (W/m2²)) option for greater flashover protection. Each hood has a seperate head with sewn on back and front bib. The back of the head ends at the nape of the neck for an improved fit and increased comfort. The 100% red Nomex® thread clearly indicates the outside of the hood for faster donning. The Bristol NanoFlex hood range is available in medium and large for a crown sizes exceeding 57cm.

NanoFlex Nomex®
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NanoFlex PBI®
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Protect against harmful particulates with Bristol NanoFlex

Bristol Uniforms NanoFlex Flash Hoods

Bristol Uniforms NanoFlex Flash Hoods With a growing focus on firefighter health – Pac Fire Australia is pleased to announce the arrival of the Bristol Particulate Blocking Flash Hoods in Nomex® and PBI®.

Recent studies into firefighter health and well-being suggest that the flash hood is the most penetrable piece of protective clothing worn by the firefighter, a particularly troubling finding considering the face and neck have been identified as areas of significant dermal exposure to potential carcinogens.

NanoFlex Flash Hoods are the smartest fire hoods on the market. They provide optimum comfort and protection while mitigating heat stress and filtering harmful particulates found on the fire ground.

Bristol Uniforms revolutionary Nano Flex flash hood has been proven to be 99.8% successful at filtering harmful particulates while remaining lightweight, soft and breathable, while minimal sound is produced through head movement resulting in greater situational awareness for the firefighter.

NanoFlex hoods are available from Pac Fire now in both Nomex® and with additional flashover protection in PBI®.

NanoFlex Nomex®
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NanoFlex PBI®
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A revolution in Structural Firefighting Gloves

Bristol's Titan PBI Structural Firefighting Glove is available now from Pac Fire

Pac Fire Australia’s exclusive partner, Bristol Uniforms have developed a game changer in hand protection. The Titan PBI® Structural firefighting gloves represent the gold standard in structural firefighting protection within Australia and New Zealand.

Pioneering the way forward, the Titan PBI® glove are the first fabric structural firefighting glove to be certified to AS/NZS 2161.6:2014.

Years of research and rigorous testing have resulted in a structural glove that balances paramount protection with optimal dexterity.

Titan PBI® (1260) protects the back of the hand while the palm is constructed of a double-face Kevlar® knit with a carbon-granite-silicone coating for superior grip. The insert is a Gore® Crosstech® moisture barrier which provides sound breathability and optimum protection against blood borne pathogens. The Kevlar® thermal liner insulates while wicking sweat away from the skin to prevent glove slip. The Titan PBI® glove also has a good size protective Nomex® cuff.

Developed with the wearer in mind, the Bristol glove offers a unique, anatomical fit and broad sizing range. These gloves are tough! The Titan PBI® gloves boast an exceptional lifespan due to their resilience when undergoing regular cleans.

The Bristol Titan PBI® Structural Firefighting Gloves are available from Pac Fire Australia.
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