Ahmedabad: Firemen may soon get to wear fire resistant and cost-effective dresses with the Ahmedabad Textile Industry Research Association working on developing such a fabric.
Currently, such protective ‘work wear’ for firemen has to be imported, with each dress costing as much as `1.5 lakh, industry sources said.
“We are looking to expand scope of research here to develop cost-effective, fire-resistant work wear fabric for the country’s firemen,” ATIRA director AK Sharma said.
Before this, ATIRA developed technology to manufacture fire-resistant fabric for Oil and Gas sector workers. “We used different fibre blends to construct a fabric which meets international specifications, which is suitable for Indian working conditions, and is yet cost-effective. It is now being used to make safety work wear for Oil and Gas sector employees,” Sharma said.