Fire and rescue force gets a facelift with new appearance
When the fire and rescue force representatives met Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan he asked them “Do you wear any special dress while putting off fire?” When the reply came that they do their job wearing the normal uniform, CM promised them a solution.
Very soon, all the members of the fire and rescue service were provided with a new set of uniform which included a set of fireproof dress, special gumboots and helmet. A single set costs around Rs 30,000. All the 4000 members of the force have been provided with the safety uniform. It is under distribution.
Free from burns
The special safety uniform protects the fire force members from getting burned while doing their jobs.
Stepping on hot embers
The special gumboots provided now helps the personnel to step onto hot embers. It will not melt easily or transfer heat inside. The three layered knee-high boots are made of fire proof material. But can be easily removed at times of emergency.
A pair of gloves are also being provided in the safety kit which were absent in the earlier uniform. The thick, but flexible gloves are also made of fireproof and heatproof material.
The new uniform includes a pair of pants and shirt which are 100 percent fireproof. Even though it is made of cloth-like material, it can resist fire for a long period. The two-layer dress also help to remove the top zipper layer quickly, if at all caught on fire. There are enough pockets to store items like walkie-talkie. Fluorescent ribbons are attached to help in identifying the personnel from faraway. The uniform helps to secure body from ankle to jaw.
The special helmet worth Rs 15,000 helps in securing head and face. A torch is attached to it. There is an aluminium shield in the back to protect backside of the neck. The glass shield which protects face is fire, impact and scratch resistant but lightweight. The glass shield can be put down to cover the face in times of emergency.