Thread: PPE replacement
03-28-2006, 05:43 AM #1
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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.
03-28-2006, 01:31 PM #2
Originally Posted by kennyvJust another one of the 99%ers looking up.
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03-28-2006, 04:32 PM #3
It is my understanding that the "unspoken standard" is 5 years due to the fact that NFPA standards are revised every five years.Take Care - Stay Safe - God Bless
03-29-2006, 01:54 PM #4
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.
Last edited by cowtown; 03-29-2006 at 07:08 PM.
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