FIREFIGHTERS in Orange are the latest to receive new state-of-the-art uniforms as part of a statewide roll out.
The uniforms feature the latest technology designed to better protect them during incidents.
The old black coat and lime green trousers have been replaced by a mustard-coloured thicker and more durable uniform for Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) crews.
Initially the new uniforms received bad reviews from firefighters in Sydney with faulty zippers and reports they were too hot to wear.
Despite this, Orange FRNSW station officer Paul Collis said there had been no negative reports since the uniforms were received here recently.
“Any improvement in the standards of firefighting equipment is a good thing,” he said.
“We’re happy to receive it.”
Mr Collis said the new uniforms met more stringent Australian standards.
“The new firefighting uniform provides firefighters with better protection from heat, flames and steam, giving them greater confidence when responding to emergencies, particularly fires in buildings,” he said.
The new personal protective clothing includes the introduction of a moisture barrier that FRNSW has previously not used.
The new moisture barrier is designed to prevent steam burns.
When working inside burning buildings, water used by firefighters can turn into steam and cause severe burns.
“The new uniforms are also microchipped enabling the history of each garment to be tracked and predictions made on when the garments are nearing the end of their life, enabling them to be replaced before they become unsafe,” Mr Collis said.
“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.”
Each firefighter will receive two sets of the new uniform. The older uniforms are being collected and will be offered to firefighters in developing Pacific Island nations