FRNSW to roll out new and improved firefighting uniforms

Published: 24th July 2020

Fire and Rescue NSW firefighters will receive new and improved personal protective clothing as part of a rollout of new uniforms across the state.

Today dozens of firefighters from the Sydney metropolitan area were among the first to receive their new structural firefighting uniforms.

“Our firefighters are looking forward to wearing the gear that will provide them with more protection and comfort as they work to protect the irreplaceable.” Fire and Rescue NSW Commissioner, Paul Baxter said.

“These new uniforms are heavy-duty but light weight and allow for enhanced maneuverability and coverage and will be supplied in a wider range of male and female sizes, so all firefighters will have better fitting garments.

“They also feature a customized moisture barrier, which helps prevent steam burns and keeps firefighters dry while on the job.

“Current uniforms have served FRNSW firefighters well, but as new technologies and standards emerge, we must ensure that firefighters have the best protection possible.” Commissioner Baxter said.

The uniforms are part of a large personal protective clothing upgrade which will from Fire and Rescue NSW which will eventually see the replacement all personal protective clothing for firefighters across the state.

Paul Clark from Pac Fire Australia said we are delighted the new Bristol XFLEX uniforms are being rolled out to FRNSW from today.

“The team here at Pac Fire have been working hard to ensure each protective garment has been individually allocated, packed and shipped to each firefighter enabling items to integrate with FRNSW’s new PPC replacement program.

“The XFLEX in Nomex360 with Parallon will provide first class comfort and protection for Firefighters around the State.”

Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott stressed the importance of the new uniforms to ensure the safety of FRNSW’s firefighters.

“Fire and Rescue NSW is one of the largest urban fire and rescue services in the world and is the busiest in Australia. It is so vital that our firefighters are equipped with uniforms that will provide the best possible protection,” Mr. Elliott said.