London’s firefighters and their furry colleagues have started wearing new, gold coloured fire tunics and leggings as modernised personal protective equipment (PPE) is rolled out across the Brigade. It’s the biggest kit update for eight years.
The new PPE includes: helmet, tunic, leggings, protective hood, boots (leather and rubber), gloves (two types) and is lighter and more durable.
As well as a distinctive gold colour, which shows up dirt and damage more easily than the old navy coloured kit, there are some new additions which reflect the changing role of the modern firefighter. These include:
• Rescue Gloves – lightweight gloves that allow more dexterity for use on non-fire related incidents like road traffic collisions.
• Helmet torches – these will be in addition to the chest torches firefighters wear to increase visibility.
• Sherlock and Simba, the two fire investigation dogs will have the same paw protection boots for when they scamper across fire grounds, and their gold tunics will match firefighters but will only be worn when doing fire prevention work in schools, fire station open days and other community events.