27.01.2020

Cooling clothes from Ulm for Australian fire brigade

The topic of climate change and heat development was the focus of the World Economic Summit in Davos. Even Donald Trump advocated more trees and reforestation. The sad proof of the climate catastrophe is provided by the bush fires in Australia, which have kept the fire brigade in North South Wales on tenterhooks for weeks. This is why, on the initiative of firefighter Oliver Schmidt and Director Stefan Kimpel, the Frankfurt/Main fire brigade received over 200 E.COOLINE cooling vests and baseball caps from the Ulm-based company pervormance international at a charity concert in Frankfurt. The vests and baseball caps were immediately shipped from there to Australia.

The enormous heat - especially underneath the protective suits - is extremely exhausting for the emergency services on site, who are now exhausted to the maximum due to the heat stress. So far, there has been no relief in the form of cooling clothing. With the climate-neutral E.COOLINE cooling vests and cooling headgear, the emergency services can now be protected from the negative consequences of heat stress with a cooling capacity of 660 watt/h: Circulatory problems are reduced, the heart rate is lower, the emergency services have to sweat less and better concentration and performance increases safety and health during operations. The energy saved due to reduced sweat production can be used for more important things.

 

Although forest fires are common in Australia. However, the current bushfire season is breaking all "records" and the increasing heat and drought due to climate change is expected to further encourage fires. Oliver Schmidt, who himself used to work for the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) in Australia, made this clear at the presentation of the donation based on the temperature development in Australia. This shows that heat protection for the emergency services will become even more important in the future.

Gabriele Renner, Managing Director of pervormance international GmbH, emphasised: "We are sure that cooling vests will be able to facilitate the important and difficult work of the emergency services in Australia in the future. The fact that the cooling vests are now being used on site is a good example of how politics, companies and organisations can work together to help quickly and unbureaucratically with innovations from Ulm".