as at 1st August 2020

In preparation for fire-call outs and training, please ensure that your YRVBFB kitbag contains the following PPE:

AT ALL TIMES: (the Brigade supplies these items)

  • Helmet (with cloth neck-protector)
  • Goggles (securely attached to the helmet)
  • Helmet Light or Torch (securely attached to the helmet)
  • Jacket
  • Trousers (Yellow or Blue)
  • Fire Gloves (Pac Fire)
  • Fire Boots (Steel Blue or Blunstone) and socks (non-synthetic)
  • Smoke Mask (3M 6000) + Cassettes +Pads + Retainers (2 of each)
  • Whistle
  • Notepad
  • Pen

POTENTIALLY USEFUL (ancillary items)

  • Carabiners (supplied)
  • Glove clips (supplied)
  • Lighter
  • Lanyards
  • Compass
  • Personal Hand Torch
  • Penknife or multi-tool instrument

If there are any shortfalls or defects in your PPE, please email the PPE officer (see contact information in Members Only section).

Please also consider keeping a reusable water bottle, food (eg., energy bars), spectacle case, lavatory paper, and sunscreen in your YRVBFB kitbag.

Please check the contents against this list after every fire to ensure you are fully prepared for the next call out.

Please note that there is insufficient space on our firetrucks for the kitbags. It is incumbent upon you to provide a small bag (e.g., a small backpack) in which you can store items which you may require on the fire-ground but will not necessarily be wearing all the time you are on duty. It can also be used to securely store, in the truck,  items such as helmet, gloves, smoke mask, etc., while traveling to or waiting at the Incident Control area before deployment to the fire-ground, and also your ancillary kit.

LACES  (safety check before fighting or lighting a fire)

  • Lookouts
  • Awareness
  • Communications
  • Escape Routes
  • Safety Zone

PAFTC (initial incident report)

  • Position
  • Area
  • Time
  • Assistance Required
  • Communications
  • Surface wind

SMEAC  (Briefing checklist)

  • Situation
  • Mission
  • Execution
  • Administration and logistics
  • Command and Communications

Flagging Tape Colours (DEC)

  • Red and White or Flouro Pink     Hazard/Danger
  • Yellow                                                Tree to be felled
  • Blue                                                    Items requiring “mop up”
  • Blue and Yellow                               Tree to be felled during “mop up”
  • White                                                  Sector Boundary
  • White and White                              Division Boundary

VPOWER  (Vehicle Pre-Use Checklist)

  • Vehicle Fault Report or log book
  • Petrol
  • Oil/Lubrication
  • Water
  • Electrical
  • Rubber

Hendon System of Vehicle Control

  • C Course
  • M&S Mirrors and Signals
  • B Brakes
  • G&M Gears and Mirrors
  • E Evasive Action
  • A Attention Acceleration,Skidding Points

To go in your pockets all times


  • Pocket knife
  • Pencil
  • Note book
  • Matches/lighter

Optional extras:

  • Lips salve
  • Tissues
  • Medication
  • Mobile phone
  • Glasses
  • Water
  • Local map

Items to take going to a fire out of the region:

  • Change of underwear, shirt and socks
  • A book
  • Snacks – food is supplied but can be unreliable
  • Medication
  • Hat