Vic firefighters to receive new, safer uniforms

Wednesday, 12 April, 2023

Vic firefighters to receive new, safer uniforms

Volunteers for the Country Fire Authority (CFA) in Victoria will receive new uniforms that provide better protection from heat, following an investment from the state government. Providing an improved level of protection from radiant heat and heat-related illness, the new uniforms will feature CFA’s iconic yellow and will be made of lighter-weight materials with better design for function and comfort. The uniforms are specifically tailored for men and women, providing a safe and comfortable fit for all volunteers.

The jackets will feature a new epaulette holder on the chest area, reinforced elbow patches, front-top and lower pockets on both sides, and radio pockets along the side seam. The protective trousers incorporate elastic back waistbands with large belt loops, two back pockets and hip pockets.

Minister for Emergency Services Jaclyn Symes visited Stewart & Heaton, the local manufacturer that will deliver the new wildfire personal protective clothing (PPC) to Victorian firefighters. The rollout of the wildfire PPC is supported by the government’s $126 million CFA Capability Funding package, with $10.85 million going towards the production of up to 29,000 sets of state-of-the-art protective clothing. Stewart & Heaton’s manufacture of the PPC will support local business, create 15 new jobs and support a further 15 existing roles.

Manufactured using Hainsworth Eco-Dry Shield woven fabric, the garments have an inherent fire-retardant performance to provide benefits to firefighters including comfort, ease of movement and breathability. The PPC will be provided to eligible CFA members in addition to existing wildfire PPC, meaning recipients can continue to use their current wildfire PPC in addition to the new garments.

The staggered rollout is expected to begin in the coming months. The design of the PPC was informed by consultation with volunteers providing input on what they wanted to see in their new uniforms.

“Our CFA volunteers go above and beyond every day to protect Victorians — we’re proud to deliver this new uniform that will help to protect them while they perform their important work,” Symes said. “CFA members shaped this new clothing, which means it is custom made to fit their needs and be comfortable in difficult conditions — all while being locally made.”

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