NSW Marine Rescue has chosen Barz Optics to supply each of its 3,200 volunteers with polarised sunglasses this summer.
Volunteers at each of the organisation’s 46 units along the NSW coastline and on the Alpine Lakes in the Snowy Mountains will be supplied with the eyewear over the next month.
Barz will supply seven different styles to the membership base. The range consists of two wrap styles, three polarised with non-polarised reader lenses and two styles that will fit over existing prescription eyewear. Many of the volunteers have never worn polarised eyewear before.
In an important health and safety measure, the glasses will become part of the volunteers’ standard uniform.
Marine Rescue Commissioner Stacey Tannos said the volunteers, particularly boat crews, spent a lot of time outdoors and the introduction of the sunglasses would help prevent potential eye damage that could be caused by UV radiation.
The Commissioner thanked NSW Police and Emergency Services Minister Michael Gallacher for providing grant funding to help provide the sunglasses and a suite of rescue training equipment.
“We were pleased to choose Barz Optics as our supplier as it could supply a range of sunglasses to meet our members’ needs,” he said.