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Pac Fire Newsflash: March 16th 2021

Pac Fire Newsflash Archive - March 2021

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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.

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“Healthy Firefighters” endorse Responder Wipes® as a tool in the fight against occupational diseases

Chief's Large Responder Wipes - Healthy Firefighter Endorsed

Chief's Large Responder Wipes Carton (16 Wipes per Carton)Responder Wipes® are thick, durable and specifically formulated moistened wipes for use as a tool in on site decontamination procedures. They have been designed by Firefighters in the United States to meet the specific and unique needs of first responders globally.

Responder Wipes® are the only decontamination wipe sold in Australia which have the “Healthy Firefighters” mark and are endorsed by the scheme.

“Healthy Firefighters” is a program established in 2006 by Swedish unions, employers and agencies who recognise Firefighters face a significant risk from occupational diseases Since it’s inception, Healthy Firefighters the Skelleftea Model has been adopted by 17 European nations and is gaining considerable momentum in the United States and Australia. The program shows why, how and what can be done to safeguard our first responders. Products, like Responder Wipes, that bear the “Healthy Firefighters” mark, have been identified as essential tools in providing a better work environment and improved health for firefighters.

Chief's Large Responder Wipes Carton (16 Wipes per Carton)Infused with Micellar Water, the wipes effectively clean dirt, oil, soot and other hydrocarbons from the skin. Micelles not only remove toxins and contaminants but also return much needed hydration to the skin, lost while working in hot and demanding conditions.

Importantly, Responder Wipes® do not contain any Aloe vera or Parabens – common ingredients found in products used as an alternative, like baby wipes. These ingredients open the pores of the skin and push the contaminants further into the pores. Responder Wipes® are thicker and more durable than alternative products, they do not pill or tear when wiping down the contaminated areas.

Convenient packaging options reduce waste and makes Responder Wipes® perfect for use while still attending an incident. Choose between the Chief’s Carton of 16 individually wrapped, extra large 30 x 60cm wipes, the Captain’s Pack 16 individually wrapped, large 20 x 30cm wipes and the Lieutenant’s Pack consisting of 20 regular sized 20 x 20cm wipes in a resealable pouch.

Read more about the “Healthy Firefighters” initiate here.

Need more information on Responder Wipes®? Follow this link to read more, view the Product Data Sheet or download the Safety Data Sheet.

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Pac Fire Newsflash: December 11th 2020

Pac Fire Newsflash Archive - December 2020

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Pac Fire wishes you a happy and safe festive season

Merry Christmas from the team at Pac Fire

2020, what a year! This year has been filled with challenges and triumphs, not just for Australia, but globally. With everything that’s happened during 2020 – everyone is getting ready for a well deserved break over Christmas.

Pac Fire will be closing for the Christmas period on Wednesday 23rd December. We reopen for 2021 on Monday 11th January. For emergencies or urgent assistance during the shutdown please 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 11th January.

Before the clock hits midnight and we sign off for the year – lets recap some of the major events of the last 12 months:
• In February we welcomed the clever L5POWER flashlight to our range. A powerful torch that can be mounted on the Pacific range of helmets and includes a visual position location beacon
• March saw the introduction of the ‘in-between size’ Captains Wipe from out hottest launch of 2019, Responder Wipes
• The big news in April was the award of the Bristol Uniforms Nanoflex PBI® firefighting hood to TasFire’s structurally trained firefighters
• During June Queensland Ambulance Service selected the Pacific Helmets R6V Dominator as their protective helmet of choice
• June brought other big news: Jolly Footwear was coming to Australasia with Fire Guard and Superleggera footwear styles due to land in the coming month
Bristol Uniforms XFlex structural firefighting ensemble started it’s long awaited journey south to F+RNSW stations in July.
• September saw our third structural fire boot from Jolly arrive in Australia. Fire Profi, touted as the most comfortable boot on the market, joined Pac Fire’s growing Jolly Footwear range
• October was filled with excitement as NSW RFS announced the award of the Pacific BR9 Wildland Firefighting Helmet to members with delivery forecast to begin early 2021
• Pacific’s traditional style F3D structural firefighting helmet was uploaded to Pac Fire Online with an exciting change. The cornerstone F3D model is now available with Pacific’s GEN2 impact liner
• The gifts started arriving early in December with the announcement of a new hybrid firefighting glove by Bristol Uniforms – due to land in Australia January 2021.

The Pac Fire team would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas as well as a happy and safe start to the new year.

Thank you for all your support during this difficult year, we look forward to your continued support in the new year. The wheels are in motion and 2021 is shaping up to be our biggest year yet!

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Another innovation in the field of hand protection from Bristol Uniforms

Bristol Uniforms Composite Structural Firefighting Gloves - Cowhide Leather / Nomex

Pac Fire is pleased to introduce the AS/NZS 2161.6:2014 certified, composite structural firefighting gloves from premium PPE supplier Bristol Uniforms. The composite gloves combine Nomex® fabric on the back of the hand with hard wearing, cowhide leather on the palm, thumb and flexible absorber.

The GORE-TEX CROSSTECH® moisture barrier is both waterproof and breathable. It also offers protection against the penetration of viruses and bacteria found in blood and body fluids, as well as protection against the penetration of common chemicals.

Bristol Uniforms Composite Structural Firefighting Gloves - Cowhide Leather / Nomex

While the Bristol composite gloves are new to Australia, the EN version are already in service within the United Kingdom, having been selected as part of the UK Collaborative PPE Framework project. They have also been awarded to the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service which boasts over 8,000 members.

Read more about the Bristol Uniforms composite structural firefighting gloves or explore more of Pac Fire’s glove range.

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Eflare® AT283 – Compact & Lightweight Warning Beacon

Eflare AT283 - the compact and functional warning beacon light

Eflare® emergency warning beacons are trusted worldwide by police, firefighters, EMTs, search and rescue teams and other emergency workers to flawlessly light accident scenes, contaminated environments, roadblocks, and other hazards.

Eflare® AT283RB is red/blue flashing beacon used by emergency services personnel across Australia. Due to its compact size, the beacon is easily and securely stored in emergency service vehicle equipment compartments. A range of mounting accessories is available including road base, magnetic base, traffic cone mount for any application. They are also ideal for the police bikes; Australian motorcycle police have found them very suitable in tough conditions.

Features of the AT283 flashing beacon include:

  • Accreditation: ATEX, IECEx Intrinsically Safe
  • Over 1km visibility at night
  • Shatterproof and water resistant
  • Operates for 20+ hours
  • Flash rate of 165-185 fpm with 8 LEDs
  • Powered by 4 x AA cell batteries (not supplied with beacon)
  • Clear Fresnel lens with specialised high-performance design/360º visibility
  • Compact size, measuring just 15cm in height

Applications of AT283RB: Police checkpoints and Random Breath Tests (RBT), Fire, Ambulance, Search & Rescue Accident or collision sites.

Eflare® AT283 in alternative colour combinations are suitable for Mining, Rail, Industrial, Utilities, Aviation, Military, Transport and Logistics Industries. Pac Fire stocks Red/White and Amber/White AT283 beacons, an excellent solution for worker safety, traffic roadblocks, major events, traffic control and more. Additional colour combinations are available on request.

Eflare AT283 - perfect creates a safer work environment for workers in warehouse settings
Eflare AT283 - perfect for track work, warnings and other rail related jobs

Read more about the AT283 here or explore Pac Fire’s entire Eflare® range. Red/Blue beacons are for emergency services issue only, please contact us for more information

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Pac Fire Newsflash: October 1st 2020

Pac Fire Newsflash Archive - October 2020

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Fire Profi: so comfortable you forget you’re wearing firefighting footwear

Fire Profi from Jolly Scarpe have landed in Australia
Jason Hull and Jolly Fire Profi Firefighting Footwear
Jason Hull swears by his Jolly Fire Profi boots having worn them in a 26-mile marathon, 12-hour Beachy Head Coastal Walk and other charity events.
Fire Profi are pull-on style structural firefighting boots from globally renown footwear manufacturer, Jolly Scarpe. Testament to the boots innovative design, superior safety features and premium comfort, Fire Profi was awarded to the UK Collaborative Framework, servicing nearly 30,000 firefighters, spanning services across the United Kingdom, including London Fire Brigade and Scottish Fire.

Fire Profi have been precision crafted to fit the foot perfectly. Features focus on keeping the foot stable inside the boot while delivering a level of comfort that makes the user almost forget they’re wearing firefighting footwear.

A feeling former UK firefighter, Jason Hull knows only too well. Jason elected to wear his service issued, Jolly Fire Profi boots in a 26-mile (approx. 42km) marathon, rather than the more traditional and accepted option, sports trainers. Why did Jason make this unusual choice? Fire Profi’s Wrap Band System (WBS) secures the foot from the top rather than the heel, ensuring it remains stable in the boot for longer, vastly reducing common foot injuries like friction burns and blisters.

After his positive experience in the marathon Jason opted to wear Fire Profi boots in the 12-hour Beachy Head Coastal Walk skirting the hilly Sussex coastline. Again, Jason was the odd one out but had the last laugh, completing the challenging trek with his feet entirely intact.

Today Jason is a firefighter in the UAE where he still wears his much loved Fire Profi boots on duty and in subsequent charity events, raising much needed funds and awareness for The Fire Fighters Charity.

Fire Profi has just landed in Australia and is available now from Pac Fire. Read more or add a pair to your next order here.

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Jolly Fire Profi Structural Firefighting Footwear