Bristol Uniforms Ltd.

Bristol Uniforms Ltd. Overview:

Bristol Uniforms is a leading international brand meeting the diverse needs of today's professional firefighters in the UK and over 110 countries around the world through a network of over 70 distributors. The Company’s range of personal protective equipment (PPE) encompasses head-to-toe structural, technical rescue (USAR) and wildland firefighting garments.

Working with leading international fibre and fabric manufacturers, including DuPont, PBI Performance Products and W L Gore, Bristol’s in-house design teams have inspired a number of new product designs which are manufactured by Bristol in the UK and Europe. An integrated approach to delivering organic, sustainable growth has seen the introduction of several innovative designs which have helped secure new business in the UK and many international markets.

Recent new products include Bristol’s innovative XFlex™ structural fire kit to EN 469:2005; and RescueFlex™ technical rescue/USAR kit. LayerFlex™ is a layered garment approach to providing structural, technical rescue and wildland firefighting PPE in just 3 garments used in different combinations to provide the appropriate protection. Ranges of in-house designed firefighter gloves and fire hoods complement the wide range of fire coats and trousers available.

In 2017, Bristol was awarded the contract to supply firefighting PPE for a new Collaborative Procurement Framework, accessible to all Local Authority Fire and Rescue Services across the UK. The Framework provides access to high quality PPE ensembles, whilst saving considerable time and resources by simplifying and streamlining the procurement process.

A lifetime approach to garment maintenance, through a range of managed service options, helps to optimise the service life of firefighter PPE and reduce the long term overall cost of ownership and deliver proven value-for-money solutions for fire & rescue services around the world.

Bristol Uniforms Ltd. news

The Emergency Services Show 2018 to feature fire-safety and rescue seminars

The Emergency Services Show will feature free advice on physical and mental wellbeing for those working in demanding roles Returning to Hall 5 and the outdoor area at the NEC, Birmingham, UK from 19-20 September 2018, The Emergency Services Show is a unique and growing event, promoting collaboration between the emergency services. Free-to-attend, it brings together all disciplines from the emergency services sector to discover innovative technology and operational solutions, share experiences and prepare for future incidents. The two-day event will feature a host of key learning opportunities including CPD-accredited seminars. West Midlands Fire Service will also be hosting extrication, first aid and trauma challenges. There will be a wealth of free advice on physical and mental wellbeing as part of the event’s focus on supporting those working in demanding and challenging roles. CPD-accredited programmes Full details of all seminar programmes – all of which will be CPD-accredited - will be published on in the coming months. Emergency services and partner agencies will share their experiences of responding to real incidents in the Lessons Learnt seminar theatre (sponsored by UCLan). Following its successful introduction in 2017, the Health & Wellbeing seminar theatre will also return. Speakers will include emergency responders who have experienced mental health challenges, and organisations who are implementing change and offering support. The College of Paramedics is returning to deliver its very popular programme of free 30-minute CPD workshops which all emergency services personnel are welcome to attend. Exhibition visitors will be able to see and touch the latest kit and discuss solutions to their needs with suppliers First-time fire safety exhibitors Around the indoor and outdoor, exhibition visitors will be able to see and touch the latest kit and discuss solutions to their needs with suppliers. The organisers welcome back key suppliers including BMW Group, Bristol Uniforms, Jaguar Land Rover, Stryker UK Ltd and Vimpex. Many exhibitors will be demonstrating new solutions and technology on their stands. Companies that will be exhibiting at The Emergency Services Show for the first time include the British Burn Association, BC Lifeguards, Fire Service Research & Training Trust, Haemoconcepts, Headset Services, Oscar Kilo, SimTrainer UK, Strongmind Resilience Training, Sub Zero Technology and UK ISAR. Networking opportunities In the networking hub of the show, The Collaboration Zone, over 80 emergency services, voluntary groups, charities and NGOs will be sharing details of the support they offer, while members of other partner agencies will be available to discuss co-response and other areas of partnership working. Supporting organisations include Association of Air Ambulances, British APCO, the newly formed Central Programme Office (custodians of the FRS National Operational Guidance Programme), Fire Industry Association, Independent Ambulance Association, ResilienceDirect, The National Fire Chiefs Council and United Kingdom Rescue Organisation (UKRO) among others. Entry to the exhibition and seminars is free, as is parking. The NEC is linked to Birmingham International Station and Birmingham Airport and is directly accessible from the UK motorway network.

Bristol Uniforms launches revolutionary new Particulate Protection Hood to filter harmful smoke particles

The Particulate Protection Hood is made up of Dupont’s Nomex and Kevlar fibres with viscose in a knitted fabric Bristol Uniforms, a designer and manufacturer of firefighter PPE, has launched a revolutionary new hood which is proven to be 99.8% efficient at filtering harmful smoke particles. Particulate Protection Hood The Particulate Protection Hood is made up of Dupont’s Nomex and Kevlar fibres with viscose in a knitted fabric, and crucially features the innovative new Nomex NanoFlex particulate barrier, specifically developed to prevent contamination from potentially harmful particles. It has been certified to standard EN13911:2017 - the latest version of the CEN standard for Fire Hoods, which has recently been updated. The hood has been designed in direct response to recent research highlighting a potential link between exposure to smoke particles and higher rates of cancer amongst firefighters. It specifically offers superior protection around the neck and upper jaw: areas of the body that are known to be particularly vulnerable to smoke contamination. Key design challenges According to Roger Startin, Joint Managing Director of Bristol Uniforms, the key challenge when designing the hood was to ensure that whilst offering superior protection against harmful particles, the new fabric combination would not compromise breathability or comfort, or increase the risk of heat stress: “Our primary concern is to offer maximum protection against all potential hazards, whether the danger is coming from fire, heat or smoke particles. In the past, the most effective particle barriers have also been hot and heavy, so it has been a challenge to get the balance right. The hood specifically offers superior protection aroundthe neck and upper jaw “The new Nomex NanoFlex is a much thinner and lighter-weight alternative, which we have been able to incorporate into a new superior design. The Particulate Protection Hood offers very high particle filtration but is also comfortable, soft, and not too heavy or hot to wear.” Treating contaminated PPE garments In addition to the development of specialist PPE to prevent particle filtration, experts recommend that risks can be further reduced if exposed PPE is removed promptly and carefully following an incident, and then professionally decontaminated. Bristol Uniforms offers comprehensive in-house Managed Services in the UK, and facilities abroad managed by appointed distributors, to handle the regular washing and decontamination of PPE after use. In the UK, a seven-day turnaround service from collection to return delivery provides garment scanning, washing, repair, inspection and tracking. Bristol’s two UK Service Centres are also equipped to treat contaminated PPE garments, which have been exposed to toxic or hazardous materials and need to be cleaned in a specially controlled environment.

Intersec Saudi Arabia 2017 - Exhibition space nears full capacity

The event will focus on fire safety, access control, video surveillance, intrusion detection, and video analytics Global players are counting down for the inaugural edition of Saudi Arabia’s foremost security, safety, and fire protection trade show in Jeddah, as exhibition space reaches full capacity ahead of opening in May 2017. Largest commercial security and fire safety market The inaugural edition of Intersec Saudi Arabia will feature more than 130 exhibitors from 25 countries when it opens from 2nd to 4th May 2017 at the Jeddah Center for Forums & Events, as they collectively take aim at the Middle East’s largest commercial security and fire safety market. According to analysts Frost & Sullivan, Saudi’s spend on commercial security, homeland security and fire safety was worth US$5.4 billion in 2016, comprising a 42 per cent share of the Middle East market that year. The impressive opportunities are underlined by a full house of manufacturers and suppliers at Intersec Saudi Arabia, with the show’s 22 official launch partners at the forefront of the 132 exhibitors eagerly anticipating the debut show. Protecting critical assets and people The biggest names in the business signed on as soon as organisers Messe Frankfurt Middle East and Al-Harithy Company for Exhibitions (ACE Group) officially announced the show last year, which is also backed by government authorities the Saudi Ministry of Health and the Saudi Safety & Security Department. Ahmed Pauwels, CEO Messe Frankfurt Middle East, said: “Saudi Arabia is the pre-eminent player in security and fire protection for the entire Middle East, and in Intersec Saudi Arabia, we’re bringing this huge market to the doorsteps of the leading international players. "We’re delighted to join Intersec Saudi Arabia 2017 as the Saudi market is a very interesting market for our product" “The dedicated trade fair brings Saudi customers and partners in direct contact with suppliers of the latest technologies and solutions available in the market, so they can more easily and efficiently protect their critical assets and people.”Fire protection systems and firefighting equipmentIntersec Saudi Arabia’s launch partners include globally recognised names Hikvision, Dahua, Axis Communications, Nedap, Milestone, Bristol, CP Plus, dormakaba, Draeger, Genetec, Hanwha Techwin, Harco Group, HID, NAFFCO, Pelco by Schneider Electric, Promise Technology, Smiths Detection, and Nitin Fire Protection Industries. They’re joined by key local players Al-Alameya Group and ZMR Technology Distribution.The annual three-day event also features country pavilions from India, China, and the Czech Republic, while the Safety Design in Buildings Conference on 2 May, and the Intersec Middle East Security Forum from 3-4 May will put a dual spotlight on security upgrades and construction safety as part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.UAE-based NAFFCO, a manufacturer of fire protection systems, firefighting equipment, and safety & security systems will be one of dozens of Fire & Rescue exhibitors eying a slice of a Saudi market that spent US$975 million on fire-related products and services in 2016.Comprehensive product portfolio at displayBristol from the UK, and German manufacturer Draeger will also share centre stage, as they turn the spotlight on their firefighting clothing and fire protection services respectively.Rizwan Ullal, Events Marketing Lead at Corodex Trading, the distributor of Bristol said: “Bristol looks forward to participating at the first edition of Intersec Saudi Arabia and considers it a vital platform where experts from all around the world are able to share new technologies, projects and partnerships.”Emad El Lahham, Head of Marketing at Draeger Arabia, added: “Draeger Arabia is happy to be launch partner of the very first edition of the Intersec Saudi Arabia. We believe it’s the right platform for us to showcase our solutions for fire services with a portfolio covering all aspects considering pre-incident, incident, and post-incident solutions. We look forward to meeting our target audience directly in the Kingdom.” "Bristol looks forward to participating at the first edition of Intersec Saudi Arabia" Intrusion detection and access controlMeanwhile, the Commercial Security section will be spearheaded by the likes of Hikvision and Dahua, the world’s largest and fourth largest security solutions providers respectively in 2016 by revenue generated, along with Axis Communications, Nedap, and Milestone, which also all rank among the world’s top 25 solutions providers.They and many others will look to claim a big stake in a country that spent US$695 million on access control, video surveillance, intrusion detection systems, and video analytics in 2016.Mugees Ahmed, the Regional Marketing Manager for Milestone, which specialises in video surveillance and video management systems (VMS), said: “We’re delighted to join Intersec Saudi Arabia 2017 as the Saudi market is a very interesting market for our product. We believe that Milestone, as the number one VMS manufacturer can contribute to the security on the Saudi market with our Open Community approach.”IP video surveillance and license plate recognitionFiras Jadalla, Regional Director in the Middle East and Africa for Genetec, which offers IP video surveillance, access control and license plate recognition, added: “We look forward to joining Intersec Saudi Arabia 2017. Our objectives for this show include reinforcing the Genetec brand in the Saudi market, as well as demonstrating and previewing technologies and trends that are shaping the physical security industry.”Intersec Saudi Arabia is one of ten Messe Frankfurt-organised trade fairs and events dedicated to the worldwide safety and security sector, and the second in the Middle East after the Group’s flagship show, Intersec in Dubai, UAE.It will present a comprehensive overview of the entire safety, security, and fire protection industries through six product sections of Commercial Security, Information Security, Perimeter & Physical Security, Homeland Security & Policing, Fire & Rescue, and Safety & Health.