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.