Putting our best foot forward: EEAST reintroduces Magnum boots

Magnum boots

Staff will soon be stepping out in new Magnum boots as the specialist emergency-service footwear makes a return to the Trust.

Thanks to the work of the supply team and UNISON, Magnum footwear will be available to order as replacement boots for our existing operational staff.

The Magnums, which were first launched in the 1970s, will be offered in calf or ankle height and staff will also be able to choose whether they’d like the boots fastened by zips or laces. Information will be shared next week about the specific options available and how staff can order them.

Head of Operations Support, Paul, said that it’s great news for staff: “I have been working closely with UNISON and my supply team for many months to find a way to increase the range of footwear available to staff. 

“I am really pleased that we will now be able to offer a range of Magnum boots, which we have been able to secure at a very competitive price.”

UNISON Lead Darren undertook the research on behalf of staff to see what footwear options could be explored. “I’m sure staff will join me in thanking Paul and everyone who has been involved for working with us on this important issue,” said Darren. “It’s paved the pathway for the return of Magnums to the Trust.”

The news comes hot on the heels of the pilot launched in west Norfolk, where crews have been able to choose replacement Magnum boots for the last few months.

The Magnum boots are water resistant, have a high-traction and slip-resistant sole, and have a composite toe cap to protect the wearer in all conditions. The majority of styles will be available in sizes 3-15.

“These boots are available in addition to the existing Cobra product, so staff will be able to choose whichever they prefer when they come to replace their boots,” added Paul.

To begin with, the Magnum footwear will be available as replacement boots only, so new starters will continue to be given the Cobra version that the Trust has in stock.

Once the finer details have been ‘tied up’, more information about the specific ordering process will be shared with all staff. Please look out for an article next week here on Need to Know.

Published 12th February 2015 

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