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Australian fire services rely on special gloves from Austria


The Austrian family firm ESKA has developed special fire service gloves for Australia that differ widely from European standards.

The name ESKA has been a byword for innovative craftsmanship from Austria for more than 100 years – and the glove business is booming! Some 320,000 pairs of gloves are produced every year, from firefighting gauntlets to flying gloves, but the bulk of the company’s turnover consists of innovative fire service gloves for the European market.

ESKA took the plunge into Australia several years ago, developing a fire service glove especially for the local market that differed widely from European norms – different materials had to be used to meet the high demands placed by Australia in terms of heat resistance and waterproofing, for example. ESKA is currently working on a fabric glove for Australian firefighters that meets these tough requirements as well as a leather glove.

ESKA is currently the only glove manufacturer with three certifications (in the USA, Australia and Europe) for smoke divers and severe firefighting. Expanding into Australia has increased their export rate to about 90 %.