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Stop means Stop – Respect the lollipop is a new scheme that has been launched across Trafford to remind motorists to stop for school crossing patrol following an increase in the number of vehicles failing to stop for the school crossing patrol officers.
Drivers and pedestrians generally know who the school crossing patrol wardens are and why they are there but many do not know how they work. Did you know that motorists must stop when signalled to do so by a school crossing patrol and it is an offence under the Road Traffic Act if they do not? Did you know that the Patrol sign signals messages to drivers and pedestrians? The school crossing patrol wardens use their school crossing patrol sign in a number of ways to let everyone know what they intend to do. I hope you find this page School crossing patrols – advice from Leicestershire County Council as helpful as we did – well you know what they say, you learn something new every day!
Why not have a look at our School crossing patrol uniform section on our website for more useful information.
Today we’re blogging about a question that’s always bugged us that we’ve recently found the answer to – why do the Salvation Army wear uniforms for work? Have you ever wondered the same, when you’ve noticed them whilst out shopping in town, for instance?
Initially it started when the Christian movement took on a military character, in the early days of Salvationism. Now, uniforms work for the Salvation Army because they give a clear guide to onlookers that the wearer is a Christian and is available for religious discussion or instruction. Uniform work is generally associated with help and assistance, and this association is useful for the Salvationist movement, showing they are available to serve others.
Another crucial job that a uniform does, not only for the Salvation Army but for all uniformed professions, is make the wearer feel part of a team, and part of something that is bigger than themselves. The more observant among you will have noticed that Army uniforms, while having a basic style, have a number of accoutrements such as epaulettes and badges. Similar to other work roles, these denote whether the wearer is an officer or soldier, and which corps they are a member of.
We hope that this blog has helped some of you who have wondered about the origins of the Salvation Army’s dress. The Salvation Army brass band are actually playing at a friend’s wedding in July – I’ll report back on how they look in their uniforms!
On Tuesday 28th June we sponsored the combined Healthcare and Higher Education Special Interest Group meeting, a British Parking Association event, at the Royal Horticultural Halls Conference centre in the heart of Westminster. On the walk from the tube station, we saw lots of Westminster’s very smart looking Civil Enforcement Officers, who we’ve recently kitted out in a smart new civil enforcement officer uniform.
The group had two new chairs, Ian Goodman of Manchester Metropolitan University and Laura Kelly of Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kings Lynn, who did a fantastic job. The meeting had the highest attendance we’ve seen at a BPA meeting so far, and we really enjoyed meeting lots of new faces from the university and healthcare sectors. The event gave us a great opportunity to show off our civil enforcement officer uniforms to both existing and potential clients.
Helen Dolphin of Disabled Motoring UK gave a superb talk on providing parking for disabled motorists, and there were a number of other really interesting talks, including Terry Vass from Brunel University on how they’ve drastically reduced their crime rate with the help of the Safer Parking Scheme, as well as Mark Biggs of the Metropolitan Police. We particularly liked Mark’s comment that hospitals and universities are like towns, with very similar parking problems.
Half way through the day it was looking like the attendees could have used one of our new Patrol Macs because the heavens truly opened – but thankfully it had dried up when home-time came around!
We did our famous business card draw, and the winner of a huge bottle of champagne – a jeroboam, no less – was Emma Marshall of Precision Parking. Congratulations Emma!!
It’s been almost two months since our latest parking uniform items – the Magnum Strider and the Patrol Cap were launched at Parkex – and I just wanted to give you some feedback as to how these have been received by our customers.
Those of you who visited our stand at Parkex will remember we demonstrated the Magnum Strider – the UK’s first shoe designed specifically for parking staff – by chucking water and all sorts of nasties at it – and nothing stuck due to its ion mask technology! This has featured in the Sunday Times, The Sun, The Guardian and on the Chris Evans Breakfast show and the Gadget show and is really clever stuff, actually repelling water. We were delighted to have the opportunity to bring this technology into the world of parking enforcement uniforms. As well as being highly water-resistant, the Strider is also very lightweight, very breathable, very durable and also EN-certified for slip resistance. We have sold the Strider to well in excess of 100 local authorities already, which we think is pretty amazing for two months’ work! It is totally unheard of for a new product to get such amazing feedback – we have had customers raving on the phone for ten minutes about how good the Strider is!
The other new innovations in the world of parking attendant uniform that is causing a stir is the Patrol Cap. We made a small initial batch to test the market and have been totally inundated with requests for this product. It seems that people are just bored of the same old caps that people have been wearing since 1960. Unlike the existing hats, which are made of wool and can therefore soak up rain in winter or cause wearers to sweat in summer, the Patrol Cap is very lightweight, 100% waterproof and highly breathable. We’re making more as fast as we possibly can, so please bear with us!
We just wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone who has supported these two new products – we’re really grateful – and do keep your feedback coming!
We have some exciting news. Our one stop shop webpage for School Crossing Patrol uniforms is now live! Our School Crossing patrols do a great job helping to keep our children safe on the roads and their uniform will help keep them safe too. On a serious note, reality is around 5,000 children under the age of 16 die or are seriously injured on Britain’s roads each year. Here at Keltic we are dedicated to providing at top class service with top class information. Here is the latest update on School Crossing Patrol Uniform to keep you in the loop. The law states that every school crossing patrol should be issued with the following:
- A fluorescent outer garment with reflective tape
- A peaked hat
- A Crossing patrol sign
Keep checking the blog for more detailed information and the latest updates or contact us for more information.
At Keltic, as one of the UK’s leading uniform clothing suppliers, we’re more keen than most for people to look really smart, and to wear the correct uniform for their job role, as well as to feel comfortable and special in their uniform clothes.
The San Francisco Examiner recently reported on an interesting situation that related to this. A “Patrol Special” police officer was recently sacked for wearing the incorrect uniform wear. The officer, who had been nominated for a medal for disarming a gunman during a fatal shootout, had failed to wear his navy jacket and trousers, which had a distinctive blue stripe down the side, on 37 occasions during 2009 and 2010.
However, the article also reports that he also failed to show up to various training courses, amongst other issues. So as with many of these seemingly straightforward stories, there’s more than the headline implies. However, there’s food for thought here. Would you take a chance and not wear your uniform if you knew your job was on the line?
Keltic now offer the biggest range of magnum footwear in the UK. Magnum are widely acknowledged to be the best quality boots on the market. Their boots are used by a number of armed forces, and are ideal for all tough work requirements.
Our range of Magnum Boots includes options that aren’t available anywhere else such as the magnum strider, a lightweight, water resistant, highly breathable, highly durable and extremely comfortable shoe that we designed in conjunction with Magnum.
Keltic are one of the UK’s leading uniform suppliers, specialising in supplying councils, NHS and universities, and our range of Hi tec magnum boots and shoe are available for next day delivery on receipt of an official purchase order from any public sector organisation.
As experts in this field we are continuing to develop new products at an impressive rate, and our expertise is at your service in relation to footwear and all other uniform items.
Following on from last week’s summer uniform instalment, another ideal piece of security guard clothing for the summer months is our summer patrol vest.
This brand new piece of security guard uniform is adapted to perform in hot conditions, made from highly breathable lightweight micromesh fabric and includes all the features required by security staff including epaulettes, radio loops and pockets. The micromesh fabric allows maximum airflow for the increasingly hot British summers!
It’s also very important for security staff to be visible on their duties so our summer patrol vest is ideal as this meets the BS EN471 class 2 safety standard incorporating EN471 level 2 glass bead reflective tape.
Providing staff with clothing and equipment adapted to their needs, be it thermals for the winter, correct footwear or breathable clothing can make all the difference to their working environment. Happy, comfortable staff will perform to the best of their ability and help to feel part of a valued team if provided with suitable uniforms.
Watch this space for further summer security guard clothes advice while this glorious weather continues!
Now the sun is shining, the time has come to start looking into your summer uniforms for your security staff. Find the ideal summer security clothes starting with our Patrol Mac.
An important part of a security guard’s uniform is an ultra-light Jacket. Our Patrol Mac is perfect for these hot summer days due to its light weight properties and breathability. Our Patrol Mac also exceeds the highest level of waterproofness at EN343 (Class 3) by more than four times, which is ideal for rainy days but fingers crossed the rain stays at bay!
This summer clothing for security comes complete with all the features for security staff including epaulettes, radio loops, breast and lower pockets and lightweight and breathable glass head reflective tape – ideal for summer use. This is supplied in a stuff sack which fits neatly onto a utility belt pouch.
Dry and cool garments are always ideal for dealing with uncertain temperatures. We will blog on further security clothing and equipment next week; the next step to getting your ideal security summer clothing.
This year, Keltic are sponsoring the British Parking Association Wales Group, and we very much enjoyed yesterday’s group meeting in Newtown. We love Wales, so the drive through the beautiful Powys countryside was an added bonus.
The meeting included lots of really interesting dialogue about such issues as pavement parking, hospital parking and blue badge fraud. It was one of the more lively meetings we’ve been to, and also one of the best attended. Thanks to everyone who took the time to come and see our display of parking and warden uniform – it was a pleasure meeting you all. We can’t wait for the next one on July 20th.
Keltic held a prize draw with the opportunity to win a giant Easter egg, and BPA Chairman Graham Brown did us the honour of pulling the lucky name out of the box. The winner who received an overly large Hotel Chocolat Egg was Arllette Brown, Senior Developments Manager for the successful Park Mark Scheme. Arllette mentioned that the Park Mark Scheme has recently signed up Cardiff Football Club, who are of course keen to contribute to keeping their customers and their vehicles safe whilst on their premises. Park Mark is increasing its campaign across Wales to reduce crime and antisocial behaviour in car parks.
Keltic hope to contribute further to the BPA Wales group at future meetings with a discussion of how enforcement uniforms have developed over the years, and where they’re going in the future. Parking and warden uniforms are a major factor in the public perception of on street staff, and we hope to share our experience of working with over 200 local authorities across the UK, and more importantly, to get the feedback of the BPA Wales Group members.