NFPA 408: Standard for Aircraft Hand Portable Fire Extinguishers

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What is NFPA 408?
NFPA 408: Document Scope
This standard specifies requirements for the type, capacity, rating, number, location, installation, and maintenance of aircraft hand portable fire extinguishers to be provided for the use of flight crew members or other occupants of an aircraft for the control of incipient fires in the areas of aircraft that are accessible during flight. 1.1.1 This standard also includes requirements for training flight crew members in the use of these extinguishers. 1.1.2 This standard does not cover fire detection and fixed fire-extinguishing systems installed in an aircraft or fire detection and fire-extinguishing systems for the protection of ground maintenance operations. 1.1.3 Specific protection for Class D fires and for fires in hazardous materials is beyond the scope of this standard.

This standard enhances crew and users safety by specifying requirements for the type and size of portable fire extinguishers for all types of aircraft. It also provides requirements for training flight-crew members on extinguishers use in the event of a fire onboard an aircraft.

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What does NFPA 408 address?

Provisions cover extinguisher types and capacities; distribution of extinguishers; inspection, maintenance, and hydrostatic testing; flight crew training; self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), personal breathing equipment (PBE); and halocarbons and their use and efficacy.

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