NFPA 1981 2013 edition delay
OK, here's a good one. After finally receiving an AFG award to replace our obsolete SCBA's, I just discovered that there may be a potential delay to the NFPA 1981 edition approvals. Apparently, NIOSH has requested an extension of the change deadline until possibly Feb 2014 due to their delays in CBRNE testing at the facility.
This creates a dilemma for our 2012 AFG with deadline of March 2014: either wait out the testing results and hope that we can purchase new SCBA units before the grant expires; or purchase SCBA units that meet a 2007 standard and will be obsolete when the new one takes effect.
Anybody encountered a problem like this before? Is it possible to get FEMA AFG to extend their deadline to get the best of both choices - new SCBA units that meet the new 2013 standard. Considering that the new standard changes the low air alert from 25% to 33%, it would appear in the best interest of firefighter safety to wait for the new change.