During independent testing in Alberta, Canada, it has been identified that the blue coloured clothing absorbs more heat.
Why then… do we now see a move towards blue pants?
This is probably an issue with yellow shirts rather than a blue pants issue.
Its also worth noting that it is hard to get any pants other than yellow over trousers in the bush.
This is not anything new, volunteers have picked up on this conflicting argument when the blue pants were originally rolled out.
This issue is further evidence that the NSW Rural Fire Service does whatever it wants without sufficient consultation.
It would seem as thought the Commissioner exercised his ability to determine what a volunteer can wear by way of ceasing the supply of the blue shirt and where is the NSW RFS Uniform Protocol Manual that was referred to back in November 2012.
Prime Minister, Tony Abbott was awarded a medal for his volunteer work at Davidson Rural Fire Brigade, where he regularly volunteers.
The Daily Telegraph captures the moment with photos and text.
There are a lot of volunteers who are getting a bit tired of the “Blue Shirt” issue, they care about their volunteer service, looking after their local community and getting on with the job.
Ridiculous statements from the NSW RFS claiming that the new yellow shirt is 4% safer are more of an insult to the intelligence of our volunteers.
Congratulations to everyone that’s contributed to this fight for what we love, our Blue Shirts, and as previously said; to the founders of the Facebook page, a brilliant job you have done…thank you.
Now everyone’s had a good chance to witness the arrogance of Head Office towards its Volunteers. Sad considering that they are paid to support us, not dictate to us for its we who physically fight the fires, we don’t do it in air conditioned office, we’re the ones that are “out there” staring the fires in the face. One man’s ability to bury ones head deep in the sand for fear of losing face is sad indeed. Keep supporting the Facebook page, show your support & spread the word among all other RFS Volunteers that there is now a Survey available to gauge your thoughts on the Blue Shirts return. Click on the Survey link below:
Bring back the blue drill shirt Survey
For twenty years & more, RFS Volunteers have purchased the Blue Shirts out of their own pockets & at much great personal expense!
Last sales the shirts sold for $54.00 each. The RFS Commissioner is on record saying:
“I will not be banning Volunteers from wearing Blue Drill Shirts, particularly when Volunteers have paid for these themselves.”
Published: 02 September 2014 on the 2ST web page.
Blue or Yellow Shirts for RFS Volunteers?
In recent times there’s has been a great deal of angst amonst RFS volunteers about the yellow shirts replacing the blue drill shirt.
Barry Mac spoke to Ben Sheppard Media Officer from the RFS and Mick Holton, Chairman of the Volunteer Firfighters Association Region South.
Have a listen to Mick’s comments on this issue.
Click HERE to read the original media article.
This post is intended as a means of sharing media information. The views or opinions expressed in the content may not be shared by all NSW FRS Volunteer. Readers are encouraged to form their own opinions based upon a wide range of information and experience.
With the Commissioners directive to the RFSA to stop further sales, this action on his part has created anger & outrage among RFS Volunteers across NSW, which is evident in the Facebook page established to support the shirts return….the Commissioner has done himself no favours in ignoring the Volunteers calls for the shirts return.
As we’ve been saying, if he won’t listen to your concerns (& considering we’re highly likely to confront an extremely bad Bushfire Season this year AND let’s not also forget that there’ll be a NSW State Election in March next year), we feel that all Volunteers should send their thoughts on this matter to the Minister, the Hon. Stuart Ayres.
Demand a display of recognition of the many voices being loudly heard in support of the Blue Shirt’s return. Its long over due that Volunteers start receiving at least one Free Blue Shirt per year & have the sales of the shirts be reinstated as they previously were.
We encourage everyone of you, your family & your friends to urgently email the Ministers Office & let him know how you feel:
The Hon. Stuart Ayres, MP
Member for Penrith
Minister for Police &
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.