Dry suits take off with helicopter crewmen

Well suited: Graham Wiggins, with a dry suit manufactured by his firm.
Well suited: Graham Wiggins, with a dry suit manufactured by his firm.
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Inventors of a rescue suit for emergency workers are planning to target Russia and Germany after winning an order to supply helicopter crews in Japan.

Barnsley-based AZDRY says it is aiming to create a significant number of new jobs on the back of the success of its new emergency workers’ dry suit.

The suit incorporates a self sealing system which keeps wearers dry and protects them from the cold as well as pollutants and water-borne diseases.

It also has a ‘telescopic torso’, which means the same suit can be worn by people whose height differs by up to six inches, cutting costs for emergency services by reducing the number of suits they need.

AZDRY, based at Platts Common Industrial Estate, has traditionally supplied a range of dry suits to sport and professional divers.

Director Graham Wiggins developed the new rescue suit to expand AZDRY’s range of customers and the company has since supplied suits to almost a third of the UK’s fire services, coastguards, the UK Borders Agency and the Environment Agency.

“Emergency and rescue teams have worn our suit in all manner of high-profile rescues, such as major flooding incidents,” said Mr Wiggins.

“We’re currently putting together the Japanese order and there may be more orders to follow.”

AZDRY is receiving help from Enterprising Barnsley to improve its marketing to attract more business from beyond the UK.

The company is currently considering targeting parts of the world that have colder waters, including Russia and Germany.