Firefighters go back to black with new uniform

Crew Manager Jo Hoare and Firefighter Steve Forman from Central Green watch show off their new kit
Crew Manager Jo Hoare and Firefighter Steve Forman from Central Green watch show off their new kit
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FIREFIGHTERS in South Yorkshire have a hot new look after being issued with a new safety kit.

The county’s crews have worn a red protective kit for fighting fires for the last eight years but have now gone back to black - the colour traditionally worn by the fire service for more than 100 years.

They are to be kitted out with new helmets, hoods, tunics, trousers, boots, goggles and gloves when their existing kits reach the end of their lifespan.

The clothing, known as personal protective equipment, uses rigorously tested fabrics including quilted felt and specially designed membranes, to protect firefighters from heat whilst ensuring they have maximum mobility.

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.

“We are committed to ensuring our firefighters receive the highest possible standards of training and protective equipment.

“We have listened to the views of our firefighters throughout the testing process and are delighted to see the new kit being rolled out across all of our fire stations.”