Within the EU project i-Protect fibre optic sensors for measuring heart rate, respiratory rate and skin temperature are being developed. The plastic optical fibre (POF) sensors are based on macrobending effects, photoplethysmography and fluorescence thermometry. The sensors and monitoring units are integrated into underwear and are communicating wireless via body area network and communication unit with the rescue command centre. All sensors can be removed from the underwear to allow washing the textile. First prototypes of the fibre optic sensors were tested in comparison to commercial reference sensors.