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Reminder about female PPC

By: Leith Hillard

Category: Operational Information

  4.54 PM 6 November, 2014

Location: General

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As a practical acknowledgment of diversity within CFA, female members have had access to specially-designed bushfire personal protective clothing (PPC) since 2012.

A better-fitting jacket is complemented by trousers with an elastic waistband, a draw cord and belt loops instead of braces.

These changes were introduced after evaluating user feedback and targeted trialling.

Chief Officer Euan Ferguson has recently reminded members that this female PPC is available if they wish to exchange their existing gear. Enquiries should be directed to your local district offices.

A joint review with MFB and DEPI is currently underway to develop new-generation bushfire PPC. This review will investigate alternate fabrics and designs in an acknowledgement that members now have higher expectations of their PPC: it must be comfortable, durable, look good and take account of vital safety factors such as minimising the likelihood of heat stress and being high visibility. Prototype garments will be used in a limited trial this fire season.

Last Updated: 07 November 2014