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Welsh firefighters set for new PPE, safety boots users hear

New personal protective equipment (PPE) is being made available to a number of firefighters operating in Wales, it has been revealed.

Users of PPE such as safety boots might be interested to hear that Lion Apparel is providing the new Pro-Tek Max kits for fire crews from South Wales Fire and Rescue Service and other services in north Wales and mid and west Wales.

The safety benefits of the new kit have been highlighted by Paul Bates, assistant chief fire officer at Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service.

'Our fighters are now amongst the best protected in the world and the new kit represents a significant investment in their safety,' commented Mr Bates, who also acts as the All Wales project lead.

Firms may also be encouraged to use PPE properly following the publication of recent Health and Safety Executive figures, which revealed that between the start of April 2009 and the end of March this year, 151 people died while at work.

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