ILL-FITTING protective fire equipment is putting female firefighters’ lives at risk, conference heard yesterday.
The Fire Brigades Union national women’s committee member Helen Tooley said that she was “appalled” substandard equipment is still being issued to women in 2017.
She warned that ill-fitting personal protective equipment (PPE) “not only raises safety issues but makes us feel undervalued in the workplace on a daily basis” and amounts to workplace discrimination.
South Yorkshire’s Nicola Brown added: “To be in uniform that doesn’t fit is embarrassing, uncomfortable and unprofessional.
“Maternity continues to be an issue with unsuitable uniforms for pregnant firefighters.”
The union agreed to conduct an evaluation of all PPE at fire and rescue services across the country, including carrying out an itemised breakdown of equipment issued to women.