The Centre has been created in response to MSA Bristol’s new managed services contract with SFRS, signed last year.
Now, after being worn at an operational incident, PPE - including fire tunics, trousers, hoods and gloves - are collected by MSA Bristol from key fire service hubs throughout Scotland and taken to Livingston. These garments are then thoroughly cleaned and de-contaminated, inspected for signs of damage or wear, and repaired, if necessary, before being returned to SFRS – all within seven days.
The Service Centre features top-of-the-range commercial 33kg Electrolux washers and driers, which are digitally-controlled and draw from a pre-heated water supply system to reduce cycle times and electricity usage. Thanks to this swift and efficient new technology, the Centre has the capacity to handle up to 900 garments per week, with the service history of each and every item tracked via a unique bar code.
Roddy Mackinnon, Equipment Manager at SFRS said: “Regular cleaning, decontamination and repair of PPE is essential for providing firefighters with suitable protection. We have been using MSA Bristol’s managed services since March 2021 and are delighted that these services are now being delivered within Scotland. The team have worked closely with us throughout the transition to ensure that the high levels of service and quick turnaround times are maintained.”
Edward Shepherd, MSA Bristol’s Service Operations Director, said: “In recent years, MSA Bristol has seen a significant increase in take up of Managed Services packages in the UK, partly due to convenience and competitive pricing, but also partly due to health concerns. Our new service centre in Livingston will enable us to handle more items of PPE to meet this demand, and by providing this service locally and reducing mileage, it is also a more environmentally responsible way to operate.”