MEDIA RELEASE 25 March
Scott Safety, a major supplier of emergency equipment to firefighters and
other emergency personnel, will be supporting Aussie and Kiwi firefighters as a
gold sponsor of the upcoming Australasian Police and Emergency Services Games
stair race in Melbourne next month (Monday 21 April).
An estimated 25 Trans-Tasman competitors will participate in the full
firefighting gear category of the race, wearing Australian standard firefighting
equipment including helmet, turnout coat, turnout pants, gloves and boots and
full breathing apparatus. The full weight of the firefighting kit is 23
kilograms. The 160 vertical metre race is expected to be won in under six
Scott Safety will sponsor this year's stair climb as part of their ongoing
commitment to firefighters and first responders globally. Scott is also a
sponsor of the World Firefighter Games, a biennial event bringing together
firefighters from all over the world.
Peter Richards Scott Safety's Military and Civil Defence Manager, says the
company is proud to be associated with the stair race, and says that Australian
and New Zealand firefighters are amongst the strongest and fittest in the world.
"Firefighters face a range of hazards on a daily basis – smoke and toxic fumes,
combustible gases, falling objects, fire and flame, contaminants and more.
Obviously they need robust and reliable protective gear to keep them safe
including respiratory, face and head protection.
"The Scott Safety self-contained breathing apparatus provided to the competitors
in the stair race (the ACSi - including backplate, harness, Vision 3 full face
mask, and 9 litre 300 bar cylinder) at 11.5 kilograms, is significantly lighter
than any other carrying system, offering the ultimate in comfort and
flexibility, and will be a considerably reduced burden for competitors.
"The stair race demonstrates the incredible levels of fitness and strength
required to be a firefighter, and Scott Safety is proud to support our
firefighting heroes," says Peter.
The stair race will take place on Monday 21st April 2014 up 44 stories of the
Rialto Building, 525 Collins Street, Melbourne, with registration at 8.30am and
the event starting at 9.00am.
There are two race categories in the stair climb event – one open to all Games
competitors who will compete in regular athletic gear, and one for those
competing in full firefighting gear.
About the Australasian Police and Emergency Services Games
The Australasian Police and Emergency Services Games is a week-long event of
sporting action with participants from the police, fire, ambulance and other
The Victoria Police Games Federation instigated the National Police Games back
in 1984 which have evolved over the years to become the Australasian Police and
Emergency Services Games. The 2014 Games will see competitions being held at a
number of venues across Melbourne and throughout regional Victoria.
The Games provide an opportunity to promote improved physical health and
well-being as well as fostering participation, competition, fellowship and
camaraderie between competitors and competing agencies. The Games also provide
an opportunity for the public to show their appreciation and support for
emergency services agencies.
About Scott Safety
Scott Safety is a world leader in the design, manufacture and sale of high
performance respiratory protection products, monitoring and sensor equipment and
other protective solutions. Scott Safety's comprehensive range of equipment is
designed to protect personnel across a number of unique and hazardous work
environments including fire and rescue services, petroleum, chemical,
construction, industrial and emergency services, including first responders, law
enforcement, military and civil defence operations.
The product range includes self-contained breathing apparatus, supplied air and
air-purifying respirators, gas detection instruments, thermal imaging cameras,
air compressors and accountability systems as well as head, eye, face and
hearing protection in the Scott Safety, Protector and Unisafe brands.
For additional information:
Breathing apparatus technical information
The Australasian Police and Emergency Services Games
Released for MFPA by Dennis Rutzou Public Relations (www.drpr.com.au)
For further information please call Anna Caswell or Dennis Rutzou on 61 2 9413