NFPA 1931: Standard for Manufacturer's Design of Fire Department Ground Ladders

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What is NFPA 1931?
NFPA 1931: Document Scope

1.1 Scope. 1.1.1* This standard specifies the requirements for the design of fire department ground ladders and for the design verification tests that are to be conducted by the ground ladder manufacturer. A.1.1.1 Ground ladders used in the fire service must be constructed to rigid standards to ensure that the ladders are of the highest quality. These ladders often provide the only means of fire fighter entry into a building or portions of a building and could be the only means of egress for victims trapped by a fire within a building. Fire department ground ladders serve as a path for fire fighters to transport people, equipment, and extinguishingagents from one level to a higher or lower level. Because the lives of fire fighters and fire victims often rely on the performance, without failure, of these valuable pieces of fire department equipment, these standards of performance are critical. 1.1.2 The tests specified herein are the responsibility of the ladder manufacturer only and are not to be performed by fire departments.

This standard provides manufacturers of fire department ground ladders with a set of performance requirements against which ladders are to be certified to ensure that the ground ladders are reliable and safe to use. Official document scope
What does NFPA 1931 address?
Provisions apply to the manufacture of all new ground ladders and multi-purpose ladders intended for use by fire department personnel for rescue, fire fighting operations, and training. In addition to overall design and verification requirements for all ground ladders, criteria cover specific issues applicable only to single, roof ladders, extension, combination, folding, and pompier ladders.

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