NFPA 1983 is always a must?
Rope gear is pretty expensive and anyone who has had to fill out a purchase order for some can attest to. Now, the Europeans have their own standards for rescue gear and I doubt they skimp on safety anymore than we in the US do. Take carabiners for example; EN362 sets a standard comparable to the NFPA, and when shopping for carabiners, one can save a substantial amount by purchasing a EN rated part versus the NFPA rated part.
I purchased a handful of Fusion beiners recently, and they felt remarkably robust. Now I have no test data to back up what I say, but are departments putting undue cost on their rope rescue budgets based on a standard that may just mean higher cost?
BTW; the units I bought have a 50Kn rating, and stamped with the EN362 rating, also this purchase was for personal use.