New mustard gear keeps officers safe
CLARENCE Valley firefighters have welcomed the roll out of new state-of-the-art uniforms, which will better protect them from heat and flames.
Fire and Rescue NSW firefighters at Maclean, Grafton and Yamba stations are among 7000 across NSW to each receive two sets of new uniforms, which meet the latest Australian Standards.
Grafton station commander Col Drayton has given the new outfits a 'thumbs up'.
He reckons they're an improvement - giving his crew better protection from heat, flames and steam, and ultimately greater confidence when responding to emergencies.
"Our firefighters are looking forward to wearing the new personal protective clothing," Mr Drayton
The new uniform sees the introduction of a protective moisture barrier that has been designed to prevent steam burns, which can be a nasty a side effect from firefighters using water to extinguish flames inside a burning building.
The new uniforms are also microchipped, enabling the history of each garment to be tracked, and predictions made on when the uniforms are nearing the end of their life, so they can be replaced before they become unsafe.
"The new, mustard colour of the protective clothing will also more clearly show signs of contamination and wear and tear, making it easier to identify when a garment needs to be repaired or replaced," Mr Drayton said.
The NSW Government has invested $17.3 million in the rollout of the new protective clothing across 338 fire stations state-wide.
The old uniforms are being collected and will be offered to firefighters in developing Pacific Island nations.