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Participants sought for breathing apparatus trials
CFA is again calling on members to take part in trialling new breathing apparatus sets. The new sets are slated for use across the Victorian emergency services sector.
The first weekend field trial was held in late September at VEMTC Wangaratta, with around 30 members participating.
We are a month away from the final field trial weekend, to be held at VEMTC Longerenong and are seeking expressions of interest from experienced operational (and fit for duty) volunteer members to perform two distinct roles – evaluators and fireground assistants.
Evaluators will wear and use the new BA equipment in an operational environment and answer a list of questions to aid in the evaluation process.
Fireground assistants will support the evaluators in all scenarios, working as pump operators, BA control, dressers, and general fireground personnel. Assistants will not be wearing the equipment and will not be involved in the evaluation of the set. They will, however, play a central role in this all-important process.
The VEMTC Longerenong weekend starts Friday evening on 2 December and will continue for two days, finishing early Sunday afternoon on 4 December. Participants will be required to attend for the entire weekend
These field trials are part of a significant multi-agency project involving CFA, MFB, Victoria Police, Corrections Victoria and Ambulance Victoria. They are an opportunity for CFA members to provide crucial input into which breathing apparatus is used throughout Victoria in the near future.
Accommodation and travel arrangements can be provided for those coming from distant locations.
CFA Station Officer (SO) Luke Waterson of the Respiratory Protection Replacement Project (RPRP) stressed the significance of the trials and the broader project.
“We are working hard to bring the BA equipment used by Victorian firefighters into the 21st century,” said Luke.
“By participating in the trials you’ll be contributing to the choice of equipment we use for years to come, equipment that is compatible across the emergency services sector.
“But this in itself is an amazing training opportunity. The field trial weekend offers a really good opportunity for skills maintenance. We’ll cover BA skillsets including structure fire, search and rescue, HAZMAT and after-use care and maintenance.”
The field trials are managed by the RPRP team, led by CFA Operations Manager Graham Lay, and supported by operational representatives from CFA, MFB and VFBV.
Due to ‘commercial in confidence’ obligations, firefighters who take part will be asked to attend a probity briefing and sign confidentiality documents.
CFA members wanting to express interest in the field trials can contact:
Please provide the following details:
Name, brigade, district, gender, build (e.g. small/medium/large), height, preferred role (evaluator or assistant).