Firefighter protection: a year in review: leading clothing, workwear and personal protective equipment specialist Cosalt:Ballyclare can claim that 2006 has been very much its year. Internally, its dedicated fire team grew in numbers whilst major contract wins helped bolster the company's position in the marketplace.(Personal Protection)

IT WAS 12 MONTHS WHICH WOULD start in extraordinary conditions, with an explosion at the Buncefield oil depot causing the biggest fire in Europe since World War II. As suppliers to Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Cosalt:Ballyclare was charged with keeping firefighters protected.

Cosalt:Ballyclare's UK fire director Ian Callaghan said: "Right from the start of the incident we provided extra support through our fully managed service.

"Throughout the course of the blaze, each and every firefighter was fully protected and nobody was ever off run due to lack of PPE."

The issue was resolved in time for Cosalt:Ballyclare to make a swift and seamless transition into its new Stockport offices. It would then use its new home and the experiences earned as a springboard to build on its reputation in the fire industry, which was to take into account every area of the country.

The company's work with the Scottish consortium has gone from strength to strength, with Cosalt:Ballyclare supplying full fire kit to seven of the eight brigades north of the border. Other contracts, such as the South Eastern consortium, continued to build on good foundations, with over 4,500 wearers on the company's fully managed service. …

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