CFA’s new helmets are rolled out locally

CFA has completed its rollout of new structural firefighting helmets to more than 5000 volunteer firefighters across Victoria, which feature an improved design and fit.

More than 2000 helmets were distributed to 179 brigades as part of the project before distribution was suspended in March 2020 because of coronavirus restrictions.

Distribution of the remaining helmets resumed in September last year, providing them to members of the final 279 CFA brigades.

The new structural firefighting helmets were funded as part of the state government’s $60 million Fire Services Statement.

They have been distributed to members who hold qualifications in the use of breathing apparatus equipment and search and rescue.

The new helmets replaced the CFA’s existing structural firefighting helmets for firefighters who are trained to respond to structure fire incidents and conduct internal search and rescue operations.

CFA Chief Officer Jason Heffernan said the Pacific F15 Premium jet-style structural helmet provided firefighters with a range of new features.

“This helmet has specific benefits for internal structure firefighting attack, and we’re excited to have been able to provide it to a large cohort of our 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.