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New Video: Fitting the Mesh Face Shield to an R5 Series Helmet

New Video: Fitting Mesh Face Shield to R5

We’ve put together a short video demonstrating assembly and fitting of the mesh face shield to a Pacific R5 series helmet.

Mesh face shields are primarily used during chainsaw operations. The Pac Fire Mesh Face Shield fits to Pacific R5 series helmets with earmuffs fitted and a front brim.

You can watch the video in this window, by click the play button or by navigating to the clip on our YouTube channel using this link: https://youtu.be/krCWk4DSC-g

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A leap forward in hand protection: MSA Bristol Wildland Gloves

MSA Bristol Wildland Firefighting & Extraction Gloves

Australasian Wildland Firefighters attend a diverse range of incidents, in unique and challenging environments.

A better understanding of the varied and essential tasks Wildland Firefighters undertake has paved the way for the development of specialty PPE/C to support their roles and deliver improved, targeted protection.

The ideal combination of features make MSA Bristol’s Wildland Firefighting Gloves the perfect glove for bushfire as well as rescue and general purpose applications.

MSA Bristol Wildland Firefighting & Extraction Gloves

Made from cow split leather, MSA Bristol gloves boast excellent abrasion and puncture resistance. The gloves take protection to the next level with the inclusion of a moisture barrier and a Kevlar® / fibreglass lining. 90mm long, knitted Kevlar® cuffs provide an excellent interface with all common Wildland Fire and lightweight jackets.

MSA Bristol gloves also feature both a knuckle and pulse protector made from cow split leather.

Read more about MSA Bristol Wildland Gloves here. You can also find them in our 2021 digital catalogue.

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Christmas Greetings for 2021.

It’s almost a wrap for 2021 and the staff at Pac Fire would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and advise you of our holiday shutdown.

Pac Fire will be closing on Thursday 23rd December. Skeleton staff will be available from the 4th of January, with Pac Fire officially reopening for 2022 at 8:00am on Monday the 10th January. For urgent matters during our shutdown email urgent@pacfire.com.au or call 0405 330 266.

You can still shop online during the shutdown period, but please note orders will not be processed until our return on 10th January.

2021 has been a year like no other, so lets recap some of the memorable moments:

Phew! If you think a lot happened in 2021 – you should see what we have planned for 2022.

Once again, we wish you all a Merry Christmas and look forward to working with you again in the new year.

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The Pac Fire 2021-22 Catalogue has gone digital

2021 hasn’t been what we’d call a ‘typical year’. Pac Fire’s catalogue is traditionally released at the annual AFAC conference. Due to the cancellation of AFAC21 (…and many other, important events in our calendar), Pac Fire’s updated catalogue never made it to the printer.

In a year where it seems everything has been cancelled – we’ve decided not to cancel the release of the 2021-22 catalogue, and rather release it digitally via our website.

This edition of the catalogue features great new releases like the Pacific F16 Multi-Level Helmet, MSA Bristol EOS structural fire ensemble and the ‘Evo’ wildland fire ensemble. But that’s not all…. Check out all of the recent releases in this years digital catalogue.

Never fear all your hard copy lovers! The catalogue will be back in all it’s printed glory in August 2022.

Download the updated digital catalogue here and remember it’s been designed to work in conjunction with the website and our new YouTube channel.

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Jolly’s made to measure triumph

Firefighter Dixon, on duty, wearing his Jolly structural firefighitng boots.
Correctly fitting PPE is an essential component in ensuring firefighters experience optimum protection, mobility and comfort. A challenging prospect when injury is involved. Pac Fire strives to deliver PPE that provides the best possible fit to Australasian firefighters. To achieve this, Pac Fire actively seeks out like minded partners, such as Jolly Scarpe who’s status as a leading firefighting footwear supplier and agile manufacturing processes allow them to produce “made to measure” solutions.

In 2020, Fire and Rescue NSW approached Pac Fire on behalf of Firefighter Dixon after exhausting all traditional footwear options following an injury resulting in the fusion of the right first metatarsal.

Pac Fire’s premium footwear suppliers, Jolly produced around 15 pairs of “made to measure” firefighting boots annually at the time of Fire and Rescue NSW enquiry. After learning of his story, Jolly signalled their eagerness to take on the challenge of providing a highly protective structural firefighting boot that met Firefighter Dixons unique needs and would ultimately see him return to active service.

Firefighter Dixon’s finished footwear is based on Jolly’s popular “Fire Guard” design, a zip front, structural firefighting boot already a popular option supplied to several of the UK’s Fire & Rescue Services.

Upon receiving his boots, Firefighter Dixon was cautiously optimistic when his custom made orthotics fitted perfectly. He commented that the boots were surprisingly comfortable straight out of the box – all be it a little stiff. Aside from the fit, the feature Firefighter Dixon appreciated most was the ankle protection system providing additional support that almost felt like the boots made ascending stairs easier. He also noted how stable his foot felt in the boot, especially considering it was gripping him from the calf and ankle.

Upon passing his assessment and gaining clearance to return to active firefighting duty, Firefighter Dixon told Pac Fire that there were no words to express his emotions. He went on to tell has that returning to active service after traveling such a long road “meant the world to him”.

Firefighter Dixon’s, wearing his made to measure Jolly structural firefighitng boots based off the popular Fire Guard design.
Jeremy Dawkins, Northern European and Australasian Sales Agent for Jolly Scarpe was heavily involved in Firefighter Dixon’s footwear project, describing it as “very challenging, but ultimately, very rewarding”. Mr Dawkins went onto commend Firefighter Dixon’s commitment to returning to active service to protect the community. He also complemented Fire and Rescue NSW on taking the obligation to support a fully inclusive and diverse workforce extremely seriously. A commitment not seen in other parts of the world.
Jolly is currently producing another pair of “made to measure” footwear for Firefighter Dixon to ensure continuity of service well into the future.

Pac Fire would like to extend our thanks to Jolly for undertaking such an important project and congratulate Firefighter Dixon on returning to active service within Fire and Rescue NSW.

Read the full story in the July issue of Asia Pacific Fire magazine or explore the Jolly footwear range.

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ACT Fire & Rescue selects MSA Bristol XFlex as their new structural firefighting ensemble

ACT Fire & Rescue selects MSA Bristol XFlex as their new Structural Firefighting Garment

ACT Fire & Rescue selects MSA Bristol XFlex as their new Structural Firefighting GarmentPac Fire in association with MSA Bristol is pleased to announce the award of the XFlex ensemble to the ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) for the structural firefighters of ACT Fire & Rescue (ACTFR).

ACTF&R provides a rapid response capability from nine strategically located Fire Stations across the Australian Capital Territory. Having taken the decision to update its kit and transition to the next generation in structural firefighting personal protective clothing (PPC), it underwent an extensive procurement process, and a rigorous trial and evaluation period to test products available on the market. As a result, MSA Bristol’s popular XFlex range was selected, and an order placed with Pac Fire for approximately 1,000 sets.

MSA Bristol is a leading designer and manufacturer of protective clothing for emergency services across the globe, formed by the recent acquisition of Bristol Uniforms by MSA Safety. Its XFlex range has been ergonomically designed with sports styling and lightweight fabrics, providing advanced comfort and protection. The unique fabric combination consists of Safety Components Nomex® 360™, combined with a GORE® PARALLON™ 600 liner system which provides unparalleled levels of breathability while preventing drops in thermal protection.

A spokesperson from ACT Emergency Services Agency commented:

It is important to us that we provide sizes and cuts that afford the best possible protection and comfort to our people. MSA Bristol’s XFlex provides garments that meet these requirements.

Technology in all aspects of firefighting is moving at a rapid pace, and PPC technology is no different. ACT Fire & Rescue is excited to provide cutting edge PPC technology to its firefighters.

Paul Clark, Business Development Manager from Pac Fire commented:

We’re delighted to have won this significant contract, providing firefighters across ACT with cutting-edge kit that provides optimal protection alongside excellent comfort and manoeuvrability.

Paul Gibson, International Sales Manager from MSA Bristol commented:

MSA Bristol has been working closely alongside Pac Fire, supplying specialist firefighter PPE to customers in Australia for more than 13 years. Our XFlex range is popular with firefighters across Australasia and the world, consistently performing well in user trials thanks to its light weight and flexibility. We look forward to supplying ACTF&R for many years to come.

The ACTFR selection of XFlex comes in the exceptionally successful rollout of XFlex to Fire & Rescue NSW.

Please use the links provided to access more information on MSA Bristol’s XFlex.

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New Video: Refurbishing a Pacific BR5 Helmet

New Video: Refurbishing a Pacific BR5 Wildland Firefighting Helmet

The BR5 is Pacific’s heritage wildland firefighting helmet. The classic design focuses on delivering safety, quality, and comfort to the user.

The DUPONT™ KEVLAR® reinforced fibreglass composite shell provides exceptional strength and excellent penetration protection with a lifespan exceeding 10 years when cared for and stored correctly.

Pac Fire recommends refurbishing the internal components of your BR5 every 3-5 years or if the helmet is being passed on to a new team member.

Follow along with us in this clip as we fit the BR5 Refurbishment Kit to a Pacific BR5 Helmet.

You can watch it video in this window, by click the play button or by navigating to the clip on our YouTube channel using this link: https://youtu.be/_yoIp92H0WU

Curious about or new refurbishment kits? View the ribbon suspension kit here, or upgrade to a mesh insert using this kit.

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Pacific BR9’s Kevlar® shell wins over New South Wales Rural Fire Service.

NSW RFS BR9 Wildland Firefighting Helmet
NSW RFS BR9 Wildland Firefighting Helmet
NSW RFS BR9 Helmets in production at Pacific Helmets, New Zealand
Production is in full flight at Pacific Helmets (NZ) Ltd to deliver the BR9 wildland firefighting helmet to the largest fire service in the world – NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS).

At least 40,000 members of NSW RFS are set to receive a new Pacific BR9 wildland firefighting helmet in a large scale rollout set to take place in the coming year.

Feedback from NSW RFS members indicated that helmets were a top priority after the 2020 bush fire fundraising appeal raised over $100 million. The funds have been allocated to essential equipment and important upgrades for the volunteer firefighters who provide fire and emergency services to approximately 95% of New South Wales.

The BR9, selected by NSW RFS as their service issued wildland firefighting helmet, is a popular lightweight head protection platform that supports a full range of accessories. The standard shell shape incorporates a narrow side brim and multiple crown ridges allow for extra strength and air flow.

Impact protection was a crucial performance criteria when evaluating helmets. The BR9 excelled, largely due to Pacific’s acclaimed DuPont™ Kevlar® & fibreglass reinforced composite shell. Kevlar®, a synthetic fibre renown for it’s strength, provides additional heat- resistance and has been used in the design and manufacture of Pacific Helmets branded helmets since their founding in 1982.

NSW RFS BR9 Wildland Firefighting Helmet
The multi-ridge design of the BR9 contributes to the helmets excellent impact resistance
The multi-ridge design of the BR9 contributes to the helmets excellent impact resistance results, effectively dispersing blows over several points instead of being focused on a single area.

The NSW RFS BR9 also features a clear, clip-on face shield, which provides high speed particle impact protection for the face and eyes. A Mesh insert inside the helmets cradle, which spreads the weight of the helmet evenly over the head, improving comfort. 25mm earmuff brackets for the application of helmet mounted earmuffs and rear accessory straps to effectively retain single strap goggles.

Understanding the importance of delivering information efficiently, Pac Fire has established the NSW RFS Helmet Hub. A centralised online library that includes product information, specifications, downloads, training videos, FAQ, spare parts and accessories specifically for NSW RFS members. The Helmet Hub can be reached by scanning a specialised barcode, found inside the helmets shell and on much of the literature with the helmet, with a smart phone.

Pick up the renowned Pacific BR9, with the standard shell type, for yourself here.

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South32 GEMCO adopt MSA Bristol XFlex: the gold standard in firefighting garments

South32 GEMCO take delivery of MSA Bristol XFlex

Pac Fire is excited to announce the selection MSA Bristol XFlex by South32 GEMCO as their new structural firefighting ensemble.

South32 GEMCO operate a Northern Territory manganese mine, on the island of Groote Eylandt in the Gulf of Carpentaria. The remote location of the South32 GEMCO mining operation means the specialised fire and emergency services team attend a wide range of incidents including but not limited to structural fire, road crash rescue, technical rescue and bushfire that occur at the mine site, within the local township and amongst the indigenous community.

In short the South32 GEMCO fire and rescue team need to be ready to handle just about anything at a moments notice – with backup over an hour away by air.

Recently, South32 GEMCO’s existing structural firefighting garments reached the end of their service life. This prompted research into a new ensemble designed to suit the unique environmental demands that go hand in hand with mines location as well as the varied incidents the emergency services team are presented with.

Environmental factors such as the high, unabating temperature, averaging over 30 degrees celsius and relative humidity greater than 70% were major considerations during garment evaluation. The conditions encountered on Groote Eylandt result in thermal load being exerted on responders from the moment garments are donned, making the overall weight of the ensemble and breathability extremely important criteria.

After an evaluation of current market offerings and user trials, South32 GEMCO moved forward with MSA Bristol XFlex, Pac Fire’s premium structural firefighting ensemble which incorporates sports styling, making it one of the most comfortable and ergonomic garments on the market today.

South32 GEMCO take delivery of MSA Bristol XFlex

Nabeel Yassine, Pac Fire’s National Sales Manager, who was heavily involved with the project to deliver XFlex to South32 GEMCO, commented:

“The ergonomic fit, superior thermal protection and industry leading breathability made MSA Bristol XFlex the perfect choice for the unique circumstances surrounding the South32 GEMCO Mine.”

The South32 GEMCO XFlex features Nomex® 360 as the selected outershell material. Nomex® 360 is a recent innovation by Safety Components and provides vital protection against heat and flame. On the inside of the garment, GORE® Parallon®, the latest moisture management system from W. L. Gore & Associates, delivers complete balance between breathability and thermal protection.

Tim McKinlay Leading Hand with South32 GEMCO emergency services, reported the MSA Bristol XFlex moisture management system, GORE® Parallon®, to have delivered the best internal heat and moisture dissipation during user trials. He went on to say: “sweat and moisture was wicked away from the skin, helping to keep our bodies cool and dry during the various exercises”. During the trial, participants experienced improved manoeuvrability attributed XFlex’s unique shoulder and knee shaping coupled with under arm gussets, allowing for crawling and reaching while in the garment without it bunching or riding up.

Understanding the important role that the correct fit plays in providing optimum protection, Pac Fire delivered an onsite sizing session which included the utilisation of specialised sizing sets to effectively and accurately measure responders for their new ensemble. PPE/C integration exercises conducted during sizing ensured optimum compatibility with other elements of the South32 GEMCO kit.

At the conclusion of garment evaluation, South32 GEMCO selected PAC+CARE as their nominated service provider for care and maintenance of their new MSA Bristol XFlex. On dispatch PAC+CARE specialists allocated each item to it’s new owner, initiating life-cycle monitoring which in the future will track and report on important data like wash count, wash type, inspections and repair history.

PAC+CARE’S NFPA 1851 compliant approach to cleaning targets the most prevalent and persistent contaminants in firefighter protective wear and combats them with best practice methodology, state of the art washing and drying technology and leading chemical inactivation. This approach results in a significant reduction in contamination load thereby mitigating the effects of exposure to responders while maximising a garments operational life. Of particular interests to South32 GEMCO was PAC+CARE’S history of effectively removing asbestos contamination for PPE/C. Asbestos sheeting is still present in some buildings on Groote Eylandt and was highlighted as a risk to their emergency service workers.

The South32 GEMCO XFlex was delivered and began it’s service life in February 2021.

South32 GEMCO take delivery of MSA Bristol XFlex

MSA Bristol garments, including the XFlex are proudly distributed throughout Australia by Pac Fire

Click here for more information on MSA Bristol XFlex.

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New Video: Fitting the Pac Fire Earmuffs to a Pacific BR9 Helmet

New Video: Fitting the Pacific Helmets approved, Pac Fire helmet mounted earmuffs to a BR9 Wildland Firefighting Helmet

The Pacific Helmets BR9 is a popular and versatile head protection platform that accommodates a wide range of accessories.

Follow along with us as we fit the Pacific Helmets approved, Pac Fire Earmuffs to a Pacific Helmets BR9 Wildland Firefighting Helmet.

You can watch it video in this window, by click the play button or by navigating to the clip on our YouTube channel using this link: https://youtu.be/xR3wORi8iL8

While the Pac Fire earmuffs will attach to any Pacific Helmets model helmet already fitted with Earmuff Brackets – we do not recommend pairing them with a wide brim BR9 Helmet or a BR5. The wider helmet brim may stop the earmuff from engaging fully and achieving the desired level of hearing protection.

Need more information? Read more about the Pacific Helmets approved, Pac Fire Earmuffs.

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