Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is rolling-out new helmets fitted with hands free communications to improve frontline communication and safety for firefighters.
The Rosenbauer HEROS-titan AS structural firefighting helmet is being delivered to all Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) firefighters and senior officers across the state.
“Firefighters put themselves in harm’s way every day to protect their communities and it’s so important we provide them with the best equipment to do their job,” Minister for Police and Corrective Services and Minister for Fire and Emergency Services Mark Ryan said.
“The new helmets will improve safety for firefighters and improve communication in noisy environments.
“In emergency situations every second counts, and any new technology we can provide to improve the way firefighters go about their critical work has huge benefits.”
It is being paired with an audio device which allows hands-free communication and has noise cancelling capability, even while wearing breathing apparatus.
A total of $6.2 million has been allocated to the roll-out of the ‘jet’ style helmets, which includes dedicated training officers based around the state.
A trial was conducted last year, with the majority of participating firefighters indicating the helmets improved their communication capability and supporting its permanent introduction.
“FRS firefighters have started using these new helmets while on shift and the early feedback has been positive,” QFES Commissioner Greg Leach said.
“There are 42 dedicated training officers based around Queensland who are in place to ensure every firefighter is comfortable with the new technology.
“Our crews are trained to communicate in a variety of ways in the event of radio systems being unavailable and the introduction of the new helmets will have significant impacts on their day-to-day role.”
The helmet is also in use by fire and rescue services in Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, and the ACT.