My brother and his wife are members of a CFU in the northern suburbs of Sydney. They find that wearing the full kit in Summer is tougher than fighting fires.
Good spot Chris. I have been using "hand me down" gear in training and have just received my complete new kit from helmet to boots.
I reckon there must be about A$1,200.00 worth of stuff.
Yes the gear is very uncomfortable but would not be cheap. Mine is 6 years old and I have done a lot of training sessions but luckily only put it on for a fire once, I was told the boots wear in but not so yet. I have some steel capped boots I bought my self for working in the garden that I wore for the real fire and glad i did.