Welcome to Rapid Fire Supplies

Somerset Business wards

PPE, infection control, industrial cleaning products, medical devices and fire supplies.
Trusted suppliers supporting you with low cost, high quality certified products

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Reasons to shop at Rapid Fire Supplies

Rapid Fire Supplies is a trusted supplier of PPE, hygiene products, workplace safety and Fire fighting equipment. Our customers vary from the NHS, charities, councils, schools, universities, restaurants, hotels and many more. From the latest in Covid-19 protection, to preventative supplies, cleaning products and office equipment we assure quality products all fully CE and EN compliant. With our range of top brands, including Clinell, Panodyne, Roche and Unico, and hundreds of items in stock, we’re sure you’ll be able to find what you need to keep your business moving.

We pride ourselves on supplying the highest quality products, all competitively priced with next day delivery available, and we always pass on savings to our customers. We are firmly establishing ourselves as a trusted and reliable supplier of quality products and our friendly team are on hand 7 days a week to answer your questions.  

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Essential Business Information Regarding COVID-19

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Low prices on all your essentials for workplace safety

We are official distributors of Panodyne, Clinell, Staples and stock many more established brands

Providers to charities, NHS, local government, social care and businesses across the UK.

Panodyne Brand

Panodyne are manufacturers of fast moving consumer goods (FMCG). They are widely recognised as a premium brand which equal or surpass the performance of other established high-profile brands.

Clinell Products

Combining innovative technology with ease of use, Clinell products provide healthcare professionals with the most effective solutions available. Each product is supported and verified by solid clinical evidence

Rapid Fire Supplies

Experts in COVID protection
Knowledge Centre


Coronavirus, Norovirus, Influenza (Flu)

A virus is a microscopic parasite which can infect living organisms and cause disease. It can make copies of itself inside another organism’s cells. Generally, viruses are much smaller than bacteria butthat doesn’t make them any less dangerous. Because viruses are not strictly alive they can exist on surfaces for many weeks and this makes them difficult to control.

Within the virus class we have 2 types; non-enveloped and enveloped. Non-enveloped viruses are composed of capsid protein and nucleic acid (DNA or RNA), termed the nucleocapsid, which constitute an infectious unit, the virion, whereas Enveloped viruses are composed of an envelope along with the nucleocapsid.

Can viruses be effectively controlled?

Historically most disinfectants have been tested to BS EN 1276; this is a suspension test which involves the exposure of bacteria to a chemical over a set time period and looking at the number of bacteria which can reproduce after the exposure is complete. A log 5 reduction is required to pass this test; this means that if 1,000,000 bacteria were exposed to the disinfectant and 10 were left this would result in a 99.999% reduction (a logS).

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic people are more interested in tests that were developed for medical purposes, this includes BS EN 14476. Forth is test to pass we need to see a log4 reduction (99.99%inactivationfora pass).
To eliminate a virus such as the Covid-19 strain of Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) we need to see that the product has passed the full version or a modification of the same test which includes a specific strain of an enveloped virus (a coronavirus is an enveloped virus).


BS EN 1276 is the European standard for the bactericidal activity of chemical disinfectants. In order to pass this standard, products must prove a bacteria kill rate of 99.999% within 5 minutes.

Methylcillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)
Cases of infection caused by Methylcillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) are on the increase in the care sector. However, the dangers of this virulent superbug are not limited to hospitals. MRSA infection can actually occur in any communal establishment and can have potentially disastrous consequences to health. In order to prevent infection outbreaks, it is essential to use a disinfectant that has been tested against a specified strain of MRSA to BS EN 1276.

Clostridium Difficile (C.Difficile)

Clostridium Difficile is a spore-forming bacterium. This makes it difficult to combat using traditional disinfectants, as spores are able to survive and breed even in harsh conditions. In order to ensure effective control of C. Difficile, a sporicidal disinfectant must therefore be used.
To ensure that a product is effective against Clostridium Difficile spores, check that it complies to BS EN 13704 (European standard for the sporicidal activity of chemical disinfectants).

Common questions about Lateral Flow Devices (LFD)

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What is a lateral flow device?

Lateral flow testing – rapid tests to detect COVID-19: Lateral flow tests, also known as lateral flow immunochromatographic assays or rapid tests, are simple devices intended to detect the presence of a target substance in a liquid sample without the need for specialized and costly equipment.

What are lateral flow devices used for?

Lateral flow devices (LFDs) are one of the tools being used to help us detect COVID-19 and reopen society. Getting into the habit of regular testing as part of our everyday lives will play an important role as restrictions are cautiously lifted and we begin to get back to more normal ways of life.

Source. Gov

Are they effective?

Getting into the habit of regular testing as part of our everyday lives will play an important role as restrictions are cautiously lifted and we begin to get back to more normal ways of life.

Source. Gov

How does a Lateral Flow test work?

We have a comprehensive step by step guide on how to use all of our Lateral Flow devices, including short videos. Please click here.

Are they individually packaged test kits?

Yes, unlike many other lateral flow device kits, ours are complete with all the requirements in one single test kit.

Our selection of Lateral Flow Device (LFD) cassette Test

  • Immediate results within 15 minutes – significant time and cost savings over lab methods
  • Easy to use and read – no specialist equipment needed
  • Cassette test using nasopharyngeal swab/oropharyngeal swab
  • CE Certified
  • Lateral Flow Test Kit: Checks if you have Covid-19 even if symptoms are not present

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