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 Rs 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 Dr A K 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.
    
Fabric is non-flammable
   
"The innovation in fabric development at ATIRA has brought down the cost of safety wear for Oil and Gas sector workers from Rs 8,000 to Rs 3,000 per dress, a drop of 60 percent," he claimed.
      
The makers are now in the process of getting CE certification (mandatory for exports to Europe) for this fabric, Sharma said.

(Agencies)

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