Firefighters are going for gold

Sudbury’s firefighters have struck gold – thanks to a new uniform.

The Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service unveiled the new look last week, with gold uniforms being rolled out to all the county’s 700 firefighters, replacing their dark blue uniform.

Everyone – from the chief fire officer to the newest recruit – has had the new uniform made to measure to ensure a perfect fit.

Suffolk is one of the first of 12 fire services from the east and south of England to introduce the new uniforms.

Speaking at the unveiling, Andy Fry, Suffolk’s chief fire officer, said: “The introduction of this gold clothing means a different look for our firefighters but, more importantly, it means they will be better able to do their essential work safely and effectively – even when exposed to the most hostile fire fighting conditions.

“As the chief fire officer, the safety of my colleagues, who risk their lives for all of us, is paramount – which is why they need, and deserve, the best protective equipment available. In Suffolk, they now have that.

“I’m particularly pleased at how closely we’ve worked with our staff and the unions in trialling and selecting the new clothing.

“It means that the decision on which clothing to buy has been made with the support of the people who will rely on it – our firefighters.”

Suffolk Fire Brigades’ Union welcomed the change and said feedback from its members had been “very positive”.

Other forces benefiting from the new fire safety uniform are Kent, Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Luton, Isle of Wight, Royal Berkshire, Hampshire, East Sussex, West Sussex, Oxfordshire and Surrey.