I believe 5 to 10 years (or until a new requirement comes along like the reflective requirement), with wear inspections
based on Manufactures suggestions. Based on MIOSHA Part 33 for Michigan state, we have developed a monthly check
sheet. The firefighter completes the check list and signs that they check it. Any problems are noted on the report
and brought to the attention of a officer.
NFPA 1851, 2008 EDITION
Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting.
Originally published in February of 2001 and revised in June of 2008, this Standard deals with fire departments' selection and care of Personal Protective Equipment. The standard contains chapters on administration, definitions, program, selection, inspection, cleaning and decontamination, repair, storage, retirement, verification and test procedures.
Fire Department Requirements instituted by NFPA 1851 (2008 edition)
• Remove from service and retire all structural gear that is over ten years old (from date of manufacture);
• Perform routine inspections of gear after each use;
• Get department “verified” by their protective clothing manufacturer to conduct advanced inspections of gear or contract an independent service provider (ISP);
• Conduct complete liner inspections involving separating the two layers after the third year of service and annually thereafter;
• Document the advanced inspections performed every 12 months or whenever routine inspections indicate a problem;
• Revise standard operating procedures to include selection, care, and maintenance activities addressed by NFPA 1851.
This is only a summary. The complete standard can be purchased from NFPA.
Hope this helps....Take Care and Stay Safe!
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