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If your fire department has identified the need for a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Officer Program, your initial investigations have no doubt helped you to realize that you're facing a variety of issues and concerns. Three of the most important considerations relate to firefighter health, firefighter safety, and the department's budget.
Whether you finally establish the PPE Officer by battalion, shift or department, these concerns will need your attention. The purpose of this column is to help you have some perspective as you work your way through the challenging, but rewarding, process ahead of you.