The fire services chief lost his hat several times yesterday but it was all in a good cause. Lam Chun-man's headwear was blown away by one of his department's latest weapons against fire that was among $8 million worth of new equipment put on show yesterday. The $1.3 million LUF60 can blast flames with a powerful gust of air or a jet of water through 360 nozzles with a range up to 60 metres. Fortunately for the Director of Fire Services, it was in air mode when he passed by. Mounted on tracks which enable it to climb stairs, the radio-controlled machine is designed to lower the temperature and disperse smoke in enclosed places, enabling firemen to move in. The Fire Services Department is speaking to the KCR and the MTR about how the Austria-made machine can be used in fires affecting the rail operators. The new equipment was on display at the Tsim Sha Tsui fire station in Canton Road. It also included a $6,000 heat suit that can withstand radiant heat of more than 1,111 degrees Celsius. The United States-manufactured proximity suit, made of aluminised fabric, will allow firefighters to work in high-temperature environments such as large oil fires. A firefighter donned the silver suit and walked through two columns of fire giving out a radiant temperature of about 700 degrees. 'It just feels like it's summer,' said fireman Wong Ho-nang. Another new weapon in the department's arsenal is a $5.5 million snorkel that can pierce the fuselage of an aircraft and tackle fire inside the cabin.