Some recent feedback suggested that the VFFA should take a look at our Personal Protective Clothing (PPC) to see if it is suitable for our female firefighters.
Initial discussions with some of the ladies in my patch (The Monaro Team) indicated that our female firefighters like the two piece firefighting PPC. They all agreed that overalls, as used by many of the blokes (no longer available) would not be popular with the ladies.
But the question remains:
Is there more that the RFS could do to take care of their female firefighters in terms of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and PPC?
Survey of SA Country Fire Service – Women Volunteers
A survey of women volunteers in the South Australian Country Fire Service (CFS) was undertaken in late 2005, suggesting the following:
Review and improve the provision of personal protective clothing (including footwear) for women volunteers.
The current CFS system (2006) in which there is one universal sizing system, which in reality is a male body shape sizing system needs to be abandoned, as was done long ago in the armed forces and the police.
There should be two sizing and fitting systems for PPC, one for male body shapes and one for female body shapes.
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But wait there’s more… what about toilet and hygiene systems for our female firefighters? Watch this space.