What should a volunteer wear to a given event?
Many volunteers are either:
- Happy to wear civilian clothing
- Wear a clean blue shirt
- Some may even wear a purchased white shirt if they wish to buy one.
The biggest problem is that the wearing of an appropriate uniform for a given event is not clear.
The Commissioner shall determine the uniform of the NSW RFS
The NSW RFS Service Standard 8.1.1, Uniforms for NSW RFS Members (6 November 2012 Version Number 3.1) states:
1.1 As an emergency service, the NSW RFS needs to appropriately identify its members by way of issuing an appropriate uniform.
2.1 The Commissioner shall determine the uniform of the NSW RFS.
2.3 A NSW RFS Uniform Protocol Manual will be developed to set out the appropriate wearing of the uniform.
2.11 Uniforms for volunteer members may only be purchased from the approved supplier of uniform to the NSW RFS or the District Office. As of the date of this Service Standard, only the RFSA shop is an authorised supplier of uniform to volunteer members. Note: They are unable to sell blue drill shirts but they do sell yellow and white shirts.
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.
He did state that he would make one yellow shirt available at no cost to each volunteer but that free shirt comes at a cost to NSW RFS Districts, Teams or Zones (depending upon your local area).
Directions from NSW RFS Head Office for ANZAC Day
A note at the end of an ANZAC Day Parade message from Acting Commissioner, Rob Rogers stated that Ribbon bars or medals are not to be worn on yellow drill shirts.
Volunteers are now faced with the prospect of buying a white shirt if they want to display medals at a formal ceremony.
The White Shirt $55 for RFSA members
The Blue Drill Shirt – No longer available
The Yellow Shirt – Can’t be worn with your awards / medals