Apparatus & Equipment, Health & Safety

Best Practices for Cleaning Your PPE

Issue 4 and Volume 172.

  Our personal protective equipment (PPE) is the most used firefighting/ rescue equipment we have; we don it for every alarm and drill (or, at least, we should) we attend. However, PPE is also one of our most unknown pieces of equipment. Conduct a survey of members of your department and ask them about the year, make, and model of the apparatus pump; tank sizes, ladders; and lights. Next, ask them about the age of, the materials that make up the three layers of, and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standard pertaining to their PPE. Then compare their answers. You may have many more firefighters able to correctly answer questions about their apparatus than about their gear. This is very concerning. RELATED Specifying PPE from A-Z Specifying PPE: The Technical Aspects Firefighter Cancer Prevention: Using the Tools Provided to Us How Clean Is Clean? A Fire Service Transformation for…

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