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You may recall that a few years ago, the NSW RFS started supplying RFS Staff with yellow shirts. The yellow shirts were not received well by volunteers.

Volunteers in rural areas struggle to get any type of shirt, then the service changed to a yellow one. There was not much consultation with volunteers or staff before the yellow shirts were introduced.

The RFSA continued to make available the RFS badged blue drill shirts at a cost of $54.00 and there are many volunteers who were happy to pay for their own shirt or shirts.

The RFS has now stopped the RFSA from procuring any further deliveries of the blue drill shirts from Stewart & Heaton.

This forces volunteers (who like to wear a badged shirt) with limited options:

1. Wear the much despised and incredibly unpopular “Free” Yellow Shirts (sorry to those rural Districts with limited budgets)

2. Forget the RFS badge and wear plain shirts.

The RFSA is planning to buy up any remaining stock and are no longer allowed to sell RFS badged versions of the blue shirts once stocks have run out.

The comment (below) has been published on the RFSA Shop’s main web page:

*** IMPORTANT ADVICE***

Following a decision by the NSW RFS to not renew the contract with the supplier for the production of blue

drill shirts, the Association has purchased all available stock held by the supplier.

These shirts will all be made available to our Members.

When this stock is sold there will be no further issues of this item available.

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3 thoughts on “Blue Drill Shirts

  • September 12, 2017 at 7:31 pm
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    Hi

    Is it still possible to purchase the blue drill shirt??
    I think they are the most sensible drill shirt for general use both in the station or the fire ground.
    I would love to get a couple of the large size please.

  • September 16, 2017 at 9:25 am
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    Laurie

    We are getting low on our stocks of blue shirts but we are looking at an “on-demand” option with a supplier who is prepared to create “one-offs” at a reasonable price + postage.

    I have sent your request to the appropriate person, provided that we have your size, I’m sure that we can help out.

    Expect a private email…

  • September 26, 2017 at 3:50 pm
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    Some time back I contacted the Commissioners office concerning the forced withdrawal of the blue drill shirt in favour of the yellow, In the subsequent response I was informed that “testing had shown the yellow shirt to afford 4.8% more (thermal) protection than the blue and whilst this did not appear much it was a significant amount” I did consider the explanation lacked substance given the article in question is covered when on the fireline.
    Following the announcement that the new generation of PPC would include dark blue pants to replace the yellow I contacted the Service reminding them of the above response and asking if the same rationale had been applied . Three months and no answer. Now perhaps the supplier has discovered a new material that does give equal protection no matter what the colour is. If that is the case then perhaps the blue shirt issue could be revisited? Just a thought.

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