New fire kit for Cambridgeshire crews offers best protection

Firefighters attending emergencies in Cambridgeshire will look a little different from this week.

Monday, 18th April 2016, 6:00 am
Firefighters in the new kit

New dark navy and orange protective firefighting kit and yellow helmets are replacing the blue and yellow clothing the public have seen Cambridgeshire crews wear to fight fires for over a decade.

From today (Monday, April 18), the new kit will be rolled out and by Friday all of the county’s firefighters will respond to 999 calls wearing the new uniform.

Chief Fire Officer Chris Strickland said: “This protective kit uses the latest technology in firefighter clothing and is ergonomically designed to provide our crews with the very best protection.

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“The safety of our firefighters is of the utmost importance to us and a host of options went through rigorous testing before our staff chose the very best fit for them.

“The kit is lighter in weight, breathable and offers more support for the wearer and we are proud to know we are the first fire and rescue service in the country to utilise this latest technology in protective clothing for our staff.”

More than 500 operational members of staff at Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service have been kitted out in the new operational uniform, with over 6,500 items issued across the service.