16 Dec MSA Safety Will Introduce New Firefighter Protective Clothing At Intersec 2023
MSA Safety Incorporated, a global pioneer in firefighter safety equipment and technology, will introduce a new line of firefighter protective clothing for Intersec’s Middle East fire market in January 2023.
The MSA® Bristol X4 uses the very latest fabric and fibre technology alongside modern streamlined styling to provide enhanced comfort, ergonomics, and protection.
Originally launched at Interschutz for firefighters on the continent, the Bristol X4 design has been adapted to suit the various needs and preferences of fire services in the Middle East, featuring premium materials such as Hainsworth Titan outer fabric with a Gore Parallon moisture barrier for ultimate comfort and breathability, along with reflective taping in specific figurations favoured by Civil Service firefighters.
The new line meets European CEN standard EN469:2020 Level 2 for firefighter protective clothing, as well as EN1149:2018 for anti-static properties. It is available in a wide range of color combinations to suit regional preferences and can be customised with a selection of optional pockets and loops to accommodate specific equipment.
Crucially, the Bristol X4 also offers full compatibility with MSA’s suite of state-of-the-art firefighter equipment, from helmets and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) to the very latest in monitoring accountability and communication devices.
Dave Howells, Vice President of Business Leader of EMEA, said: “We’re excited to showcase the latest version of the MSA Bristol X4 line, which has been strategically adapted to suit fire services in the Middle East.
“Visitors to Intersec will be able to see first-hand how the design integrates with other MSA products to provide superior comfort and protection.”
MSA Safety will also be showcasing its Connected Firefighter Platform, a suite of advanced safety technologies, which includes the LUNAR® Connected Device and FireGrid® software services, that work in collaboration to improve firefighter monitoring, accountability, and communication significantly.
LUNAR is a multifunctional handheld device, that combines personal thermal imaging capabilities with Firefighting Assisting Search Technology (F.A.S.T.), for alerting and guiding firefighters to teammates in difficulty.
In addition, cloud connectivity provides incident command with an overview of on-scene operations by aggregating data from other MSA devices, such as the M1 breathing apparatus, transmitting key SCBA information such as cylinder air pressure, battery status, and various alarm indicators.
In turn, FireGrid allows incident commanders to evaluate and manage multiple situations in real-time and from any location.
Visitors are invited to experience this innovative technology for themselves with demonstrations on the MSA stand at Intersec (stand number 2-F12).
Alongside these latest innovations, a host of MSA PPE and equipment for the fire industry will be on display, suitable for a wide range of first responder roles and applications, including:
- High-quality, ergonomic protective clothing lines including XFlex and the new Bristol X4.
- Industry-leading fire helmets such as the iconic Gallet F1XF.
- The modular and versatile M1 SCBA can be upgraded to accommodate advancing technologies.
- RescueFlex protective clothing, designed for Urban Search and Rescue operations, confined space operations, and road traffic accidents.
- The recently launched, modular rescue helmet, Gallet F2XR is particularly versatile with accessories to suit a variety of operations.
- MSA’s Wildland Firefighting protective clothing range is constructed from a single layer of flame retardant fabric, meaning that it’s lightweight, cool, and effective when fighting wildfires.
MSA’s Middle East Sales Manager, Yassin Afroukh, commented: “With such an extensive portfolio of safety solutions, MSA is uniquely placed to provide the Middle East’s industrial and Civil Defence fire services with a full suite of protection for their firefighters, from helmets, clothing, and advanced SCBA, to gas detection and innovative safety monitoring.
“We have identified significant opportunities to further serve these markets and are demonstrating our commitment to the region by expanding our sales team to help meet demand.”