QFES introduces hands-free helmet comms for firefighter safety

Monday, 14 August, 2023

QFES introduces hands-free helmet comms for firefighter safety

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) has implemented new helmets fitted with hands-free communications to improve frontline communication and safety for firefighters. The Rosenbauer HEROS-titan AS structural firefighting helmet is being delivered to all Fire and Rescue Services (FRS) firefighters and senior officers across the state. It will be paired with an audio device which allows hands-free communication and has noise-cancelling capability, even while wearing a breathing apparatus.

A total of $6.2 million has been allocated to the rollout of the ‘jet’ style helmets, which includes training officers based around the state. A trial was conducted last year, with the majority of participating firefighters indicating the helmets improved their communication capability and supporting its introduction. The helmet is also used by fire and rescue services in Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT.

Queensland Minister for Fire and Emergency Services Mark Ryan said the new helmets will improve safety and communication in noisy environments for firefighters. “Firefighters put themselves in harm’s way every day to protect their communities and it’s so important we provide them with the best equipment to do their job. In emergency situations every second counts, and any new technology we can provide to improve the way firefighters go about their critical work has huge benefits,” Ryan said.

QFES Commissioner Greg Leach said FRS firefighters have started using the helmets while on shift and the early feedback has been positive. “There are 42 dedicated training officers based around Queensland who are in place to ensure every firefighter is comfortable with the new technology. Our crews are trained to communicate in a variety of ways in the event of radio systems being unavailable and the introduction of the new helmets will have significant impacts on their day-to-day role,” Leach said.

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