Firies give helmets thumbs up
TWEED'S firefighters have welcomed the addition of the latest state-of-the-art helmets to their gear.
About a week ago, Fire and Rescue stations in Tweed Heads, Banora Point, Kingscliff and Murwillumbah received the new helmets, which offer more safety features.
Tweed Heads station officer Mark Johnson said the "jet-style" helmets had new microphones, built-in lights and better protection from falling debris.
He said the helmets, with a double visor to protect firefighters from different hazards, were the "most modern, high-tech helmets available in the world".
At about $700 per helmet, the rollout will cost the state about $7.8 million.
Mr Johnson said their new helmets were the first to be designed specifically for Fire and Rescue NSW.
The in-built lights will help firefighters work safely and see each other through thick, dangerous smoke, while the microphones allow them to better communicate in complex emergency situations.
They can also be more easily used with breathing apparatus.
Tweed MP Geoff Provest said he was thrilled the new helmets had arrived.
"I think it's really good to be able to give our local Fire and Rescue firefighters the best equipment," Mr Provest said.
Region North 2 Superintendent Greg Lewis said the rollout of the helmets was an ongoing process across the state.
"It's about ... keeping our firefighters safe," Mr Lewis said.
Mr Johnson said the crews were already beginning to train with the new helmets, and were excited about their possibilities.