1969 Association prompts change in fire-prone uniforms

 

Many Police had become concerned with the type of fabric being used in the new issue police shirts, as the synthetic material did not appear to be ideal for all the demands placed on police, especially when fighting bushfires.

The February 1969 edition of the Police News shared some startling information. Not only were the shirts highly flammable, but that the Commissioner had alledgedy known this for three months and had yet to respond.

"It is now, therefore, brought to the notice of our members generally as it could be highly dangerous for police to wear these shirts whilst attending bushfires” stated the article.

Media representatives got hold of the same issue and a short time later there was public and political outcry prompting Comissioner Allan to order Merv Taylor to report to Headquarters at once.

Given Allan’s apparent capitulation on the matter, the Asociation was encouraged to produce 8 photographs of the shirt burning sequence demonstrating the various stages of destruction in the March edition of Police News.

Shortly afterwards the Material used in the uniforms was changed.

Police News February Edition 1969 features and article on the fire-prone police shirt
Police News February Edition 1969 features and article on the fire-prone police shirt
1969 March edition of the Police News demonstrated the rate of destruction of the Synthetic uniforms
1969 March edition of the Police News demonstrated the rate of destruction of the Synthetic uniforms