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Cold climate jackets for brigades
Each volunteer brigade is set to be issued with six cold climate jackets as part of a new project being run by CFA’s State PPE&C management centre.
The unisex jackets, expected to start going out to brigades from December, will cover a range of sizes and are intended to be used on a shared basis by members.
Project Manager Matt Adams said the jackets were designed to protect members from cold and wet conditions in situations where certified personal protective clothing was not required.
“These jackets are not to be used for any firefighting activities, but the fabric does have limited flame retardant qualities for added protection at incidents,” he said.
Made from Tencate ‘Tecasafe Plus’ fabric, the jackets offer superior protection against the elements and excellent moisture regulating properties.
The CFA cold climate jacket features:
- Flame retardant (FR) laminated outer fabric with high visibility characteristics.
- Fleece inner liner
- Foldaway hood, radio microphone loops, epaulette holder, large front pockets, pen holder
- CFA panel on the back.
In total, more than 7,300 jackets will be made.
Matt said that delivery of the jackets will be staged, with priority given to those Brigades without structural PPC
“There is a bit of a lead time for the production process,” he said.
“So even though manufacturing is starting very soon, the first jackets are not expected to be with brigades until December,” he said.
“The timing might not be ideal to have cold climate clothing rolled out in summer but it has been important to find the right supplier and make sure the product was tested with volunteer members.”
An open tender process was held to select a supplier for the jacket, with the project being implemented in consultation with VFBV.
Sreten Landolac (Manager Asset Performance & Evaluation) said that the project team had earlier taken a prototype jacket out for consultation and field trials.
“Once we found the outer material we were comfortable with and we found the inner liner that we were comfortable with, we made up a garment and sent it out for consultation and field trials at various locations,” he said.
“From there we had some positive feedback and the product you see now is what we’ve come up with.”