Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today welcomed new state-of-the-art helmets for local firefighters in the region.


Kevin Anderson and Zone Commander of the New England Northwest Superintendent Steve Hirst met with firefighters who have received the new cutting-edge firefighting helmets with in-built radio technology and lighting to provide greater protection and clearer communications at emergencies.


Mr Anderson said the new “jet-style” helmets, to be used in structural fires, would provide firefighters with greater protection from heat and falling debris.


“In addition to the integrated communications system, the helmet includes other innovative features such as lighting and adjustable eye protection,” Mr Anderson said.


Zone Commander of the New England Northwest Superintendent Steve Hirst said there are 300 firefighters in our region who have all been supplied helmets as part of the 7000 distributed across the state.


“These helmets were specifically designed by Fire and Rescue NSW and part of a worldwide tender to find the best and most cost efficient structured firefighting helmet available. This is also the first to have built in communications, illumination, safety glasses and visors.


“This piece of equipment will enhance safety for firefighters who do a very dangerous job as well as improve communications, as communication is the key to safe and efficient firefighting.


“The in-built radio communications equipment means that it will be easier for officers to hear each other at emergency scenes and to communicate about complex firefighting and rescue operations,” Superintendent Hirst said.


“Our firefighters deserve the best equipment when they are protecting people and property and we need to continually look after them and provide them with the best equipment,” Mr Anderson concluded.


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