London Fire Brigade

A new look for London’s firefighters

01 April 2010

Firefighters standing in lineLondon’s firefighters now have a new look following the introduction of their new-style fire kit this week.

The new blue fire kit will be worn by the men and women of London Fire Brigade when responding to ‘999’ calls. It replaces the previous kit which came into service in 1999.

The kit is supplied by Bristol Uniforms and was selected following rigorous testing and evaluation, including trials by Brigade operational staff. Every piece of the new kit has been designed to integrate with each other and is fully compatible with all other equipment used by the Brigade at incidents such as breathing apparatus sets and chemical protection suits.

Firefighters rolling up fire hoseLondon Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said: “We have taken advantage of the latest technology from an evolving and competitive market to purchase a replacement that is safe, light and comfortable.

The safety of our firefighters is of paramount importance and the new fire kit will meet the exacting standards demanded by the London Fire Brigade.”

 Notes to editors

A range of photographs of the new fire kit are available on request.

Local newspapers are welcome to visit their local fire station to take photographs of the watch in their new kit. Please contact the Press Office on 020 85365922 to arrange an appointment.