NFPA 1851: How Far We’ve Come

Issue 1 and Volume 171.

NFPA 1851: How Far We’ve Come Some departments were already cleaning and inspecting their gear before NFPA 1851 was issued, using guidelines developed by the fire service organizations S.A.F.E.R. and F.I.E.R.O. The vast majority of departments, however, were not. When the first edition of 1851 was issued in January 2001, it established requirements for fire departments for the selection, care, and maintenance of their PPE. I think it’s a fair statement to say that it was not initially embraced by the fire service. Perhaps the need was not as easily recognizable then as it is today. NFPA 1851 was immediately adopted by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection, making it mandatory in Texas. Departments, including mine, scrambled a bit to come into compliance. With time, departments in Texas as well as other parts of the country rose to the challenge and figured it out. Certainly, the mandatory aspect of it…

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