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    Default Bunker Gear replacement

    Do any of your departments have written plans for periodic replacement of Bunket gear bases on age of garment?

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    We have been trying to replace ours every 5 to 6 years on average. If there is a written plan, it's on a need to know basis, and apparently I don't need to know...
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    Same here Gonzo. We try to do it at around the 5yr point. Obviously sooner if needed.
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    No plan, we usually have to go on TV and embarass the administration before they will replace it.
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    Every 3-5 years with the old set kept as back up.

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    The five year thing seems to be an agreed upon time frame by the gear manufacturers. I seem to have heard it from quite a few when we went to our board to propose just such a plan.

    Having said that, I have some Globe sets from '99 that are like new, due to the folks wearing it never doing anything. But that's another topic...
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    Our gear is replaced on an as needed basis, due to the limited number of actual fires they are used for. Mostly worn on accidents, and tank battery fires, they are not really exposed to heat very often.

    Most generally, they are replaced due to extreme rips and tears, or contamination beyond cleaning.

    Old sets are retained for new members.

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    Three year plan. But the department is broken into thirds. One third gets it year one, the second third gets it year two, the third gets it years three. Then the cycle starts again.
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    Im on a volly department but anything wrong with your gear , or if its old enough take it up to our equipment chief and he replaces your gear no problem at all , its kind of sweet just got brand new fire dex , 3 months ago and already Ive worn through the top of my boots down to the metal and its so diry and already wearing in certain places but Ive also , been doing alot of training , and running 110 calls each month alone. So look like Ill need new gear again and give my old stuff to the kids in the academy.
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    We get our gear replace on a as needed basis aswell. We have our Safety B/C or C/O's inspect our gear once a month or after a major incident. Or when we notice something wrong. At that time they replace our gear.

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    We generally budget 10 replacements sets per year, which means with our average force of 50-60 volunteers, you can expect new gear every 5-6 years.

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    Is there an actual NFPA standard on gear replacement due to age, etc?

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    Career is every 5 years or as needed. Volunteer is ongoing, about 8 sets a year, more active guys may get gear every three and it is recycled through the less active if still serviceable.

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    My department has an inspection program for the PPE and its replaced on an as needed basis.
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    Replaced on an as needed basis. But if you still have 3/4 boots you may wear them. However they will only replace with bunkers. We have some gear that is about 8 yrs old.

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