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Kildare Fire Service Launch New Fire Fighting Personal Protective Equipment

From Tuesday 16th May 2017, Kildare Fire Service is changing from its traditional blue firefighting kit to a new top of the range gold coloured kit.  This change marks a significant investment by Kildare County Council in an upgrade of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the Fire Service.  The gold kit does not just represent a change in colour,  the new kit provides higher performance in heat and flame protection, added durability and abrasion protection, has more safety features and highlights dirt more obviously so that firefighters know when to have the kit cleaned.


The new kit was supplied by Hunter Apparel Solutions, a Derry based company.

With the introduction of the new kit Kildare Fire Service is also introducing a new care and maintenance service that will see the new firefighting kit professionally laundered and repaired in a dedicated PPE care and maintenance facility.

Kildare is just the second Fire Service to migrate to this high performance kit after Dublin Fire Brigade 

The launch of the new kit was held in Naas Fire Station and was attended by the Mayor of Kildare Councillor Ivan Keatley, the Chief Executive of Kildare County Council, Mr. Peter Carey and the CEO of Hunter Apparel Solutions, Mr. Simon Hunter.

Kildare County Council’s Chief Fire Officer, Ms. Celina Barrett thanked the Mayor and the members of Kildare County Council for its ongoing support of the Fire Service and said that “today is an important day for the Fire Service in Kildare.  The safety of our staff is of paramount importance and this new PPE gives our crews top of the range protection in the difficult environment in which they work”

At the launch, members of the Naas fire crew demonstrated the kit including its new features.  The event was also used to launch a new roll of honour in the station.  The crew in Naas has been working for the past months to compile a list of all the former crew members of the station and they have displayed all of these staff on an ‘honour board’ in the foyer of the station.  The Mayor, Councillor Ivan Keatley unveiled the ‘honour board’ in the presence of serving and former members of staff of the station. 

Kildare Fire Service has recently purchased a drone to assist with fireground operations.  During large incidents the Incident Commander can benefit from getting pictures from a ‘birds eye’ perspective. The new drone technology assists in providing this overview perspective.   The launch of the fire kit ended with a display of the drones capability in the drill yard at the rear of the station.


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