Our very successful Quick Quizzes are continuing to provide some interesting facts and last week’s about uniforms didn’t let us down.
The first question – Do you believe it is a good idea for Brigades to have a uniform? (other than PPE) – yielded an overwhelming 89% positive response.
Question two showed that more than 70% of those who responded already have a uniform shirt for under their turnout gear.
In terms of who pays for that shirt, of those that have uniform under shirts, the majority (37%) are paid for in full by their generous local government. Only 2.5% have a sponsor that pays the whole cost and for around 30% of the brigades, their own fundraising covers the full price of the shirt.
For those brigades that have a uniform under shirt and pay something toward it personally, around 25% require members to pay the full amount and just over 5% are partly subsidised.
When asked if respondents would support a “standard” shirt for under turnout gear across the whole Volunteer Bush Fire Service, around 13% said no, while more than 73% of those who said yes did so only if there would be space for each Brigade to put its name on it.
The numbers were a little different when it came to Dress uniforms with only 52% of brigades having one.
But of those brigades that do have a Dress uniform, there was a similar trend in terms of who pays for them with more than 45% fully paid for by local government, around 2.5% by a sponsor and just over 27% buy theirs with fundraising. In contrast to the way the numbers lined up for the under shirt uniforms, of those who have a Dress Uniform, less brigades ask their members to personally fully fund them (14.5%) than brigades that receive some form of subsidy either from a sponsor or local government (22%).
We then asked respondents if they would support a standard dress uniform across the whole service, which like the same question for under shirts, the majority (47%) said yes as long as there was a place for their Brigade name to be added. However, unlike the relatively low “no” response to the same question about under shirt uniforms, this one elicited a stronger (19%) non-supportive response.
And lastly, when asked if respondents would support a state-wide sponsor logo on their uniforms if it helped pay for them, the majority (54%) said no. Like most statistics, it is important for us to consider other variables with this one – like, for instance, given that around 70% of respondents who have uniforms told us that they don’t have to personally contribute to their cost, it’s fair to assume that the wording of this question would have only had appeal to the 30% who paid all or some portion of the cost of uniforms themselves. It is therefore perhaps a little surprising that there wasn’t a stronger no response because obviously some of those who currently have a uniform and don’t personally contribute to the cost still support a sponsor to reduce the price.
Thanks again to those who took this quiz and if you haven’t already completed it, please do (click here) – and don’t forget to forward this link (http://avbfb.org.au/category/news-and-media/quick-quiz/) to all your colleagues and volunteer mates to encourage them to also undertake this and our other valuable quick quizzes.