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Respiratory equipment replacement
In the Victorian Government’s May budget, funding was allocated to replace all existing self-contained respiratory (breathing apparatus) equipment for CFA and MFB to promote and enhance community and firefighter safety.
The replacement of aged and obsolete self-contained respiratory protection provides an opportunity to introduce common equipment technologies and support services across Emergency Service Organisations (ESOs) and enhance an “all hazards, all agencies” approach.
This is supported in principle by the White Paper: Victorian Emergency Management Reform 2013 and the reform agenda for the Emergency Management Sector. Ambulance Victoria, Victoria Police and other State Government agencies will also be involved in the process.
A tender process will identify new equipment options with the final solution to be determined by technical assessment, field trial evaluations and commercial considerations. After product selection has been determined, a State supply contract for key equipment items accessible by Victorian State Government and AFAC Agencies will be established and training packages developed.
At this time, the Joint Agency Project Board is working towards the establishment of key processes and actions to ensure project objectives are achieved within the strict timelines approved by Government.
Consultation and engagement with career and volunteer firefighters and support staff and their representatives will be commencing shortly.
Regular information updates will be provided by the Joint Project Team.