• 1783

    Abimelech Hainsworth, ‘Old Bim’, starts his clothier business

    1783

  • 1815

    At the battle of waterloo the ‘thin scarlet line’ was scarlet thanks to Hainsworth fabric

    1815

  • 1824

    The World’s first Municipal Fire Service formed in Edinburgh, Scotland

  • 1833

    London Fire Engine Establishment (LFEE) was formed

  • 1837

    Boston Fire Department underwent its first reorganisation when the hand engine department reorganised

  • 1865

    LFEE became the Metropolitan Fire Service in London

  • 1871

    8th October, Fire of Chicago, Forest fire Peshtigo & Port Huron Michigan break out

    1871

  • 1885

    Metropolitan Fire Brigade in Sydney was formed

  • 1895

    Berry Brigade became the first bush Fire Fighting Service in Australia

  • 1899

    Hainsworth saw the first orders for Khaki Serge, a worsted warp woollen weft fabric

    1899

  • 1900

    Supplying wool melton to London Fire Brigade

  • 1906

    First motorized fire department organised in Springfield, Massachusetts

    1906

  • 1906

    San Francisco earthquake fire burned 25,000 buildings and left 30,000 people dead

  • 1911

    The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in New York killed 148 workers and led to improved safety standards

    1911

  • 1916

    Forest fires in Ontario, Canada destroyed nearly 800 square miles of forest and the towns of Matheson, Cochrane and Nushka Station killing 223

  • 1917

    Texas City Fire – 2300 tons of ammonium nitrate fertiliser exploded on freighter

    1917

  • 1918

    The Royal Flying Corps formed in the UK with a distinctive blue uniform supplied by Hainsworth

  • 1923

    Tokyo City Fire killed toll of 142,000 and left 570,000 homes destroyed

  • 1939

    Black Friday Bushfires destroyed Victoria, Australia

    1939

  • 1955

    Fire destroyed much of the Hainsworth Mill

    1955

  • 1958

    Hainsworth bought William Lupton and Co from the Great Grandparents of Kate Middleton

  • 1974

    Judith Livers becomes the first female career firefighter in the world for Arlington County, Virginia Fire Department

  • 1975

    Hainsworth introduce NOMEX® Type 450 to the UK MoD

    1975

  • 1975

    NFPA 1971 was first published

  • 1979

    Hainsworth introduced NOMEX® III for fire-fighters turnout gear

  • 1981

    Prince Charles wore Hainsworth cloth on his wedding to Lady Diana Spencer

    1981

  • 1987

    Kings Cross tube fire leads to reform in PPE standards in the UK

    1987

  • 1989

    EU Directive 89/656/EEC published

  • 1989

    Hainsworth develop NOMEX® Delta T (Tough) with DuPont

  • 1992

    AFAC was founded

  • 1995

    EN469:1995 Protective clothing for Firefighting published

  • 1997

    Hainsworth supply NOMEX Z200 to London FB

  • 2000

    Hainsworth develop & patent TI-technology™

    2000

  • 2000

    NFPA 1971 was revised to include a THL requirement

  • 2001

    Hainsworth introduce Hainsworth® TITAN

  • 2002

    Hainsworth introduced Hainsworth® REPEL+

  • 2003

    Hainsworth won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation for TI-Technology™

    2003

  • 2004

    Hainsworth introduced Hainsworth® ATLAS

    2004

  • 2005

    7/7 bombings in London. EN469:2005 Protective clothing for Firefighters revised to include a requirement for WVR

  • 2007

    NFPA 1971 revised to include a more breathable THL requirement

  • 2009

    Black Saturday bushfires in South-Eastern Victoria

  • 2010

    Hainsworth showcased at Interschutz in Leipzig

  • 2011

    The Royal Wedding, Princes William and Harry wore Hainsworth cloth.

    2011

  • 2012

    Hainsworth introduced ECO-DRY technology

    2012

  • 2013

    Hainsworth Technology and TITAN 1260  and ECO-DRY Shield launch

    2013

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