Australian Capital Territory Firefighters To Receive New Protective Clothing

Australian Capital Territory Firefighters To Receive New Protective Clothing

Australian Capital Territory Minister for Police and Emergency Services Mick Gentleman

New Protective Clothing For Australian Capital Territory Firefighters

Victor P Taffa

Australian Capital Territory Fire & Rescue firefighters will have the safest protective clothing available following upgrades to be delivered by the Australian Capital Territory Government.

“We put safety first, especially the safety of firefighters who must sometimes put themselves in risky situations to protect our community.” Minister for Police and Emergency Services Mick Gentleman said.

“That is why we will provide $2.3 Million to roll out next generation structural firefighting protective clothing for all ACTF&R firefighters.”

This is in addition to the delivery of new structural firefighting helmets previously announced in the 2018-19 Budget.

New protective clothing and helmets will help ensure Canberra’s firefighters are well protected from injury while they carry out their incredibly important and sometimes dangerous work.

Australian Capital Territory Emergency Services Agency will conduct significant due diligence when sourcing the new equipment to ensure it is the best quality, style, type and suitability for firefighters.

This will include research focusing on ergonomic design to suit a variety of body types, acknowledging the increasing diversity of our firefighters.

Personal protective clothing worn by ACTF&R firefighters includes an outer tunic, over pants and a helmet, all of which are essential for keeping firefighters safe during firefighting and rescue operations.

New equipment will be rolled out over the next 2 financial years.

Abbreviations:

ACTF&R        Australian Capital Territory Fire & Rescue