PPE care & maintenance survey for the fire service

September 2013

Dear Fire Service Representative

Is your gear "dirty" or is it "contaminated"? Do you have guidelines or procedures for how your Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is inspected, cleaned and maintained? How do you handle the "10 year" requirement for mandatory gear retirement? Do you want to know how other fire service organizations are answering these important questions?

The Fire Protection Research Foundation (NFPA’s research affiliate) wants to answer these and other related questions, and we need your help. The Foundation is currently implementing a survey on "PPE Care & Maintenance" for the fire service.

Parallel survey’s are also being processed with manufacturers and Independent Service Providers and will be part of the final report. The purpose is to provide an evaluation summary of current practice and policies for fire service PPE care and maintenance, and thus clarify the intended approach in national standards requirements and support future important research on this topic.

We would like to obtain some basic information about your fire department on this topic, which can be sent to us through a convenient website portal that also includes several brief questions about your department. This should only take a minute to complete, and your answers will be used in combination with responses from other participants. To participate, please click on the following link:

Take the fire service survey

The results of this study will help emergency responders avoid adverse exposure from dirty gear and clarify gear replacement policies. A final summary report is scheduled for completion in December 2013 and will be available through the Foundation’s website.

We appreciate you taking the time to send us your department’s information on this important subject. Thank you! 

Casey Grant, Research Director
Paul Kashmanian, Research Assistant