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Tender released for new breathing apparatus sets

By: CFA News

Category: Vehicles / Equipment / Buildings

  9.32 AM 20 April, 2016

Location: General

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A joint tender for new breathing apparatus sets has been released on behalf of the multiagency Respiratory Protection Replacement Project, involving MFB, Victoria Police, Corrections Victoria and Ambulance Victoria.

The release of the tender marks the start of Phase 2 of the project, which is working to replace current equipment with a system compatible across Victoria’s emergency services sector.

For Victoria’s emergency services, the creation of common equipment technologies is a vital step towards a more interoperable approach.  The project means firefighters and other personnel will be able to use cylinders and breathing apparatus sets interchangeably during joint-operations. 

The tender, which contains a list of set specifications, is the result of close collaboration between partner agencies, and stakeholders including the United Firefighters Union and Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria.

Upon the close of the tender period, tender responses will be evaluated by all partner agencies. 

About the Respiratory Protection Replacement Project

RPRP promotes the safety of emergency services personnel and a more effective, interoperable approach to response. It supports the principles established in the 2013 White Paper (Victorian Emergency Management Reform).

Stage 1 of the project is now complete

7000 new carbon fibre breathing air cylinders were procured and delivered under Stage One. These 6.8 litre, 300 BAR cylinders include additional safety features such as an excess flow valve and ratchet hand wheel.

MFB, whose existing BA sets are already compatible, put these cylinders into operation in October 2015. Other agencies will introduce them upon delivery of compatible BA sets as part of Stage 2. 

Stage 2 of the project is underway

This involves the procurement of new Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) sets. For CFA and other agencies, delivery of these sets will enable the use of cylinders delivered under Stage 1.

The next update will be provided by the Joint Project Team following the outcome of the evaluation of tender responses.

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Read a previous update on this site from October 2015 here. 


Last Updated: 20 April 2016