“Less is often more,” this is a fitting description for the FIRE FIT 2 protective suit. The voluntary fire service system is incredibly popular, especially in the Central European firefighting world. One of the most important – among many – advantages of this system is the high level of manpower. Clearly, however, this is detrimental when it comes to procuring the latest firefighter protective clothing.
For the following reason: Every firefighter who could be or needs to be deployed in indoor operations requires appropriate protection. The number of missions undertaken is irrelevant, because as the saying goes “Your first fire can be your last fire.” This means that a specifically fitted protective suit of the corresponding protection level (protection level 2 according to EN469) is necessary for each and every person. However, given the number of crew members, this is often a major challenge for the budget of the fire departments, or the municipalities responsible for their funding.
But what does a high level of protection mean, and how can it be recognized?
In principle, the performance requirements for protective clothing for firefighters are regulated by standard EN469. Here is a brief explanation of the three main requirements: