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NSW Fire Brigades completes fire officer safety program

Published: 23rd January 2006

A program to install 360 new self-contained breathing apparatus sets in NSW Fire Brigades (NSWFB) fire stations across NSW will be completed today when fire officers from Temora Fire Station are trained in their new equipment, NSWFB Commissioner Greg Mullins said today.

Commissioner Mullins said the program, valued at $540,000, enabled NSWFB fire officers to save more lives and provided fire officers with some of the world’s safest and most advanced firefighting equipment.

“NSWFB fire officers first began using compressed air equipment to protect them from smoke 40 years ago and today use breathing apparatus whenever they enter a burning building to put out a fire as well as when dealing with dangerous chemicals,” he said.

In 2005/06 the NSWFB will spend $8.25 million to enhance fire officer safety and counter terrorism measures, including gas suits and detectors, and thermal imaging cameras.

“The ability to find victims and get them out quickly can mean the difference between life and death. These new, technologically-advanced breathing sets ensure NSWFB fire officers will save more lives.

“Temora fire officers will be given extensive training in the safe use of the breathing apparatus before they use them in the field.

“Fire officers will practice search and rescue techniques in specially designed mazes on the NSWFB's new $1 million training semi-trailer which will be brought to Temora.

“The completion of this program ensures the NSWFB continues to have the latest resources to maintain its position as Australia’s premier urban fire and rescue service,” Commissioner Mullins said.

Highlights of the new breathing apparatus sets include:

  • More ergonomical design
  • Increased comfort
  • Better vision
  • Improved communication
  • Simpler operation
Photo opportunity:
Temora fire officers will be trained in their new equipment at Temora Fire Station, 147 De Boos Street, Temora today at 6.30pm. To photograph or interview a fire officer, please contact Steve Norris on 0417 671 372.