What we wear matters. It’s important that our uniform is fit-for-purpose, meets standards, feels good, looks great and gives the public confidence.

When creating and engaging on our new unified uniform, one of the most important elements to you all was, colour. As you know we considered two base colour options – charcoal-grey and indigo-blue. The preference from those of you who viewed the pop-up displays and completed the online survey last year was indigo-blue. Eighty-two per cent of you preferred indigo-blue.

We can now confirm the colour of the new uniform will be a combination of indigo-blue and black. Blue is the traditional colour for fire services and this will be enriched by the New Zealand black. The indigo-blue and black base colours will be supported by highlights drawn from the Fire and Emergency crest: red, silver/white and yellow/gold.

Below are images showing a selection of uniform pieces in the operational range. Images showing pieces from the non-operational and corporate ranges will be coming soon.  

Female and male firefighters showcasing operational uniform designsFemale and male firefighters modelling operational uniform designs

Female and male firefighters modelling operational uniform designs

Next steps

The next step is to start user-trials and laboratory tests to ensure the proposed new uniforms meet applicable safety standards and are fit-for-purpose. This may result in technical and functional changes being made, for example the size of the pockets may be adjusted, but the visual concept will remain the same.

Procurement, allocation and policy development will also be taking place and should be completed by April 2020. The final phase of sizing, supply, disposal and introduction into service can then begin.

For future updates keep an eye on the Unified Uniform project page which will be regularly updated. If you have any questions that are not answered on the project page email unifieduniform@fireandemergency.nz

While we continue this process to get things right for a new uniform, please remember the interim uniform arrangements.

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