An introduction to ICP: the Integrated Clothing Project: in the first of a two-part focus on ICP, this paper gives an overview of the current status of the project.(ICP)

ICP IS THE FIRST NATIONAL project for clothing--from station wear, sportswear through to personal protective equipment for the Fire and Rescue Service.

Its aim is to create a national identity that addresses equality and diversity issues and to deliver a standard level of appropriate protection for firefighters nationally.

One of the key deliverables of the project will be the garment trials of kit provided by the bidders. Apart from laboratory testing, the PPE and station wear garments will be subjected to in depth physiological loading, ergonomic and compatability testing, on a scale that has not been seen in the Fire Service before.

During September 2005 the ICP team conducted a number of measuring days held at the Fire Service College. …

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