North West consortium contract awarded: Cosalt: Ballyclare, one of the leading suppliers of PPE and workwear, has landed one of the biggest ever contracts to protect Fire Service personnel.(ICP)

THE FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICES of Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire, Cumbria and Merseyside formed a North West consortium to share best ideas and practice prior to making the award.

The Isle of Man and Northern Ireland fire services have also expressed interest in following suit.

Using their experience and technical knowledge, Cosalt: Ballyclare worked closely with the consortium members to develop new lighter-weight kit to give the best level of protection combined with improved comfort.

Innovations in the design include: an articulated knee with Kevlar padding, under-arm action panel for greater movement and reduced lift, a new design to throat closure for enhanced protection, new collar shape to provide full compatibility with all helmets and hoods, a new thumb loop design for greater comfort and protection, and lightweight Kevlar Spacer liner in both tunic and over trousers. …

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