Volunteer firefighters from CFA’s District 13 have this month received new structural firefighting helmets.
More than 5000 local CFA volunteers from 46 brigades in the region have received the equipment.
Recipients have completed the relevant training and hold qualifications in the use of Breathing Apparatus equipment and Search and Rescue.
CFA has delivered 618 helmets to brigades in District 13 over the past couple of weeks.
After being suspended earlier this year due to coronavirus restrictions, delivery of the helmets recommenced in September.
The new helmets will replace the CFA’s existing structural firefighting helmets and feature an improved design and fit to benefit members.
CFA acting chief officer Garry Cook said the Pacific F15 Premium jet-style structural helmet provides eligible firefighters with a range of new features.
“This helmet has specific benefits for internal structure firefighting attack and we’re excited to be able to provide it to eligible volunteer firefighters,” he said.
The helmet includes a one-touch visor, a full-coverage internal face shield, integrated helmet torch, comfort harness and liner, and flame-resistant multi-layer neck flaps.
It also has a reinforced composite shell and an advanced polymer chassis.
“These helmets are modern, innovative and effective, and the CFA is excited to have rolled them out to its members across Victoria,” Mr Cook said.
The new structural firefighting helmets were funded as part of the State Government’s $60 million Fire Services Statement.
While the roll-out is now completed, all existing helmets used by CFA volunteers remain fit for purpose and compliant with relevant Australian Standards.