Suffolk’s fire crews go for gold

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SUFFOLK’S fire crews are among the first to be issued new gold-coloured uniforms, but this is more than a fashion statement.

The new uniforms meet the latest standards in ‘personal protection’ and offer fire crews entering burning buildings a higher level of fire and impact resistance than the old ones.

All 700 Suffolk fire fighters started wearing the new uniforms at the 6pm shift change on Monday. Bury St Edmunds district commander Pat Dacey explained: “You can’t use two different levels of protection at the same incident, so we set a deadline. The level of protection is much better than the old suits because technology moves on.”

All fire fighters, from the Chief Fire Officer to the newest recruit, have their uniforms made to measure to ensure a perfect fit. They have extra material at the knees and elbows for freedom of movement.