Firefighters get new suit that improves flame protection, reduces heat stress

The new suits will also provide firefighters with increased visibility in low-light conditions. PHOTO: SINGAPORE CIVIL DEFENCE FORCE/FACEBOOK

SINGAPORE - Firefighters are donning new firefighting suits when responding to emergency calls, with new features that provide better protection.

On Wednesday, a Facebook post by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said some of its officers are wearing a new Firefighting Protective Suit (FFPS) that enhances safety for its firefighters.

The new suits will provide firefighters with better protection from extreme heat and environmental conditions, and increased visibility in low-light conditions, it added.

Features of the khaki-coloured FFPS include a lightweight and stretchable fabric that provides greater range of motion for firefighters. The layers of fabric are also highly breathable to reduce heat stress, said the post.

The uniform will also see improved flame protection and increased abrasion-resistance to enhance safety and durability.

Responding to queries from The Straits Times, SCDF said four fire stations under the 2nd SCDF division – Paya Lebar, Changi, Tampines and Kallang – are currently using the new uniform, with around 400 firefighters wearing it.

SCDF also said the suits will be rolled out to all fire stations by the end of the year.

The earlier version of the FFPS was in use by SCDF since 2016.

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