A

  • adhesive substance for sticking things together
  • anti-pilling prevention of loose surface fibres
  • anti-static prevents build-up of static electricity
  • aramid composite fire resistant fibre

B

  • balaclava head covering to protect from burning
  • bellows expandable (pocket)
  • bespoke made-to-measure
  • boots footwear covering the ankle and lower leg
  • braces elasticated straps supporting trousers from shoulders
  • breathable the property of removing moisture vapour
  • buckle form of fastener

C

  • chincup part of helmet chin strap
  • Combi jacket short jacket to wear over salopettes

D

  • donning putting on (garment)
  • doffing taking off (garment)

E

  • EEBA emergency escape breathing devices

F

  • fire retardant slows/stops the process of burning
  • FR abbreviation of fire retardant
  • fire fighting standards minimum requirements for fire fighter's equipment
  • flash hoods head covering to protect from burning

G

  • gloves protective hand covering

H

  • helmets protective head covering
  • heat stress Occurs when the body is unable to cool and maintain ideal temperature. Read our blog on the subject here.
  • high-volume pumping large capacity water pumps
  • HVP abbreviation of high-volume pumping
  • hi-visibility retro-reflective photoluminescent strips
  • high wicking movement of moisture through fabric

I

  • ISO International Standards Organisation

K

  • Kevlar® high tensile reinforcing yarn

L

  • line rescue line rescue

M

  • MarED Marine Equipment Directive
  • membrane thin flexible solid sheet of polymers
  • moisture barrier membrane to prevent water penetration

N/O

P

  • personal protective equipment products to save people from injury to life
  • PPE abbreviation of personal protective equipment

Q

  • quality assurance a promise that products are made to a standard
  • QA abbreviation of quality assurance

R

  • rope rescue using a rope to retrieve people from danger

S

  • salopettes trousers with extension to mid-chest level
  • SCBA self-contained breathing apparatus
  • Scotchlite™ reflective tape system
  • smoke hood head covering to protect against burning vapours
  • splashguard anti-wicking strip
  • structural fire fighting extinguishing fire in buildings

T

  • thermal protection preventing heat penetration

U

  • urban search and rescue carrying out search & rescue in towns & cities
  • USAR abbreviation of urban search and rescue

V

  • Velcro® hook & loop fastening system

W

  • waterproof impervious to water
  • wicking transporting moisture through fabrics
  • wildland fire heath/scrub/forest fires