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Media Release

New career firefighter uniforms increase safety
Wednesday 4 November 2009 – 10:15 AM
From today career Fire and Rescue Service firefighters will go navy with new uniforms providing better protection, comfort and safety this bushfire season.

The state of the art clothing has greater breathability and durability and gives greater protection because it is fire retardant.

The reflective stripes enhance visibility at night providing extra safety for firefighters.

Chief Operations Officer Craig Hynes said in addition to safety the new uniform is comfortable, practical and will identify firefighters more easily.

“After many years it was time to update the uniform to make sure it provides our firefighters with the best safety and comfort available,” Mr Hynes said.

“Made from durable, fire retardant nomex viscose the pants and shirts comply with Australian health and safety standards offering firefighters the best in fire protection."

Firefighters will wear the new pants when attending bushfires and vehicle rescues.

The new uniforms comprise of navy blue shirt, pants, belt, t-shirt, cap, wet weather jacket and station wear jacket and give the Fire and Rescue Service a distinct and easily recognisable look.

A committee looked into current trends and standards to design the new uniform consulting firefighters from across the state to ensure operational needs were meet.

“Through research, planning and consultation we have created a uniform that will greatly benefit firefighters,” Mr Hynes said.

“The uniform was trialled and tested by a group of firefighters to ensure it was suitable, durable, and fitted people of all shapes and sizes.”

“The old pants won’t go to waste with firefighters donating them to the Salvation Army.”

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