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    Question PPE replacement

    I wanted to know if there are departments out there that replace the bunker pants and jackets on a regular basis? Or is it by defect only? Looking through NFPA 1971, I didn't see a heading for replacement. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kennyv
    I wanted to know if there are departments out there that replace the bunker pants and jackets on a regular basis? Or is it by defect only? Looking through NFPA 1971, I didn't see a heading for replacement. Thanks.
    Not sure where it is, buts its out there. Also, you can read the gear manufacturers specs. They usually include a life expectancy. Wouldnt be a good thing if a department forced you to use it longer and something happened, law suits and all.
    Just another one of the 99%ers looking up.

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    It is my understanding that the "unspoken standard" is 5 years due to the fact that NFPA standards are revised every five years.
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    We began having an outside contractor test all of our gear a couple of years ago. I believe this was a requirement from the Texas Comm. on Fire Protection, but I couldn't swear to it. We now test the gear in-house due to cost, but what I can tell you from our experiences is that the vapor barrier fails MUCH sooner than any other component. A busy company's gear may only last a little more than a year, particularly the pants.

    In the past we would just replace gear when it had too many holes or had been contaminated w/ chemicals, etc. A coat might be in use for 8-10years!

    ps. We've used Globe PBI for the past few years, and Quest PBI before that.
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