Fire-resistant suit and immersion suit two in one

New in the Netherlands
Galjoen Fire Resistant Constant Wear Suit

EN 469 compliant: as of January 2003 this suit is fully compliant with the fire-resistance standards in accordance with the EN 469standard.


After more than twelve months' development, the trading company GALJOEN, has succeeded in introducing a new product to the Netherlands, namely a fire-resistant constant wear suit.

In developing this unique suit, considerable attention has been paid to quality, safety and wearer comfort.

Following a request from the Enkhuizen fire brigade for a combined suit of this kind, GALJOEN went in search of and eventually found the perfect material.

Galjoen Fire Resistant Constant Wear Suit

The fabric is a trilaminate of Nomex Gore-Tex Polyglal, which fully complies with the initial expectations (being both fire resistant and waterproof).

Together with the manufacturer, based on the market demand, a prototype was produced.

Other target groups

The suit was developed for fire brigade units transported by lifeboat to burning ships. On arrival, the fire fighters need not change protective clothing, but can immediately start rescuing personnel, and subsequently extinguishing the fire.

The suit is also suitable for other target groups including lifeboat crews, offshore installations, salvage companies and helicopter transport operators, etc.

The suits are produced in a workshop in the Netherlands, where annual inspection and repair work will also be carried out.


To ensure full compliance with the fire-resistance standards in accordance with the EN 469standard, a number of adjustments were necessary, such as an additional collar to protect the rubber neck seal.

The suit must also meet the requirements imposed on a survival suit, based broadly on the89/686/EEC Directive, which was used as a guideline.

Since 1 April 2002, this Directive was replaced by an NEN standard, NEN-EN-ISO15027-1/15027-2. This suit is covered by section 1 and 3 (constant wear suits).

Following careful study of these standards, a number of details on the suit were immediately adjusted, to ensure compliance. The name of the suit was also altered in accordance with the NEN-EN-ISO 15027-1 standard.

The tests are done by notified body SINTEF
Results certified cf EN ISO 15027-1 and 3 (June 2004)
tested to IMO res.MSC 81(70) Circ 980


GALJOEN would like to particularly emphasise that in practice, the suit should always be usedin combination with a life jacket.

Photograph left: The basis for this suit is an FR fleece overall, which in combination with the suit as a survival suit offers thermal protection.

When used as a fire suit, this overall, together with the outer suit, offers sufficient protection against heat radiation.

Wearer comfort

Anyone involved in outdoor sports has known for years that optimum performance depends on building up layers of clothing.

The first layer must be moisture-regulating underwear. Thermal underwear absorbs no moisture, and keeps the skin dry. Any perspiration is passed from the body to the next layer of clothing. The second layer, in this case the FR fleece, has the same function. The final, outer layer is breathable, and the moisture can be discharged.

This principle also applies for the Galjoen Fire Resistant Constant Wear Suits, and the new generation of fire suits.

Is there a call for a change in culture amongst emergency workers? The answer is yes, but the scale of that change appears greater than it actually is. If, as standard, emergency workers wear thermal underwear as opposed to cotton underwear (which absorbs moisture), the scale of change is minimal.

Even today, when an accident involving water is reported, fire brigade drivers have to put on their dive suit within 90 seconds, and be fully dressed before climbing aboard the water accident tender and heading for the scene. The work clothing must be taken off, and the diver puts on a diving overall (comparable with the FR fleece overall), followed by the diving suit.

In other words, this is a skill which can be learned through practice.

The biggest advantage is: by wearing the right clothing, the emergency worker is able to maintain physical effort under extreme conditions, over a longer period of time.


Wearing a life jacket offers additional protection to the wearer, over and above the buoyancy of the suit itself. Especially for the fire brigade, Secumar can offer a heat-resistant lifejacket, which also takes account of the wearing of a helmet (see photograph).

Secumar 40 SF
heat-resistant life jacket for fire brigade, offshore applications and emergency services. Thanks to a special system of belts in the neck, the fire helmet remains entirely in place.


Every suit is manufactured in the Netherlands, by GALJOEN and is subjected to quality controls from the start of production right through to completion.

Annual inspection and repairs are also carried out by Galjoen.

If your company has special additional requirements over and above the standard model, thesecan be accommodated, in consultation.


If you want product information or personal advice, do not hesitate to contact us! Call Galjoen in Den Helder (The Netherlands) - telephone +31(0)223 669951 - Fax +31(0)223 669952 or e-mail


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