International Paramedics Day, Friday 8 July, marks the day to celebrate paramedics and first responders around the globe for the vital role they play in our communities. For staff at St John NT it will also be marked with the arrival of their brand-new uniforms.
From Friday you may see the St John NT ambulance patient transport officers, paramedics, intensive care paramedics and emergency medical responders looking a little sharper in new uniforms specially designed for the Northern Territory conditions.
“This is an exciting change that has been implemented as a result of feedback from our St John NT staff. The new uniforms have been designed with unique material chosen to suit the NT conditions. The material is cooler, breathable and includes a number of design advancements compared to the previous uniform,” stated Director of Ambulance Services, Andrew Thomas.
St John NT has invested over $300k in the new uniforms and expect to see the benefits of the changes through improved staff satisfaction and morale due to increased comfort, wearability and a wider range of options that are available.
“Options for staff include a maternity uniform, polo shirts, temperature controlling undergarments and layering options to cater for varied temperatures between the cold desert nights in central regions and hot/humid top end conditions.”
”We will be collecting all of the old uniforms to manage their disposal and have arranged a process to recycle some of the items to limit the environmental impact,” said Mr Thomas.
The process of designing the new uniforms began in 2020 with St John NT establishing a staff led uniform review committee and engaging Workwear Group as a new supplier working closely together on the development to ensure that the design is fit for operational purposes. Workwear have also been able to provide an online system to make ordering uniforms easier for staff.
St John NT is excited to be launching the new uniforms on International Paramedics Day as part of our support and appreciation for the hard work and dedication that our staff provide.