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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 minutes.

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 services.

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

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For further information please call Anna Caswell or Dennis Rutzou on 61 2 9413 8424.

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