Data Collection Summary for PPE Care and Maintenance

Fire Protection Research Foundation report: "Data Collection Summary for PPE Care and Maintenance" (PDF, 4 MB)
Author: Paul Kashmanian and Casey C. Grant, P.E.
Date of issue: February 2014


Fire fighting personal protective equipment (PPE) is an essential part of the gear used by fire fighters. Like all equipment, fire fighting PPE requires appropriate care and maintenance. The goal of this project is to provide a data collection summary of current practice and policies for fire service PPE care and maintenance, with resulting deliverables that help guide standards revisions as well as to support future research on this topic.

The Fire Protection Research Foundation expresses gratitude to members of the project’s technical panel for their guidance throughout the project and to all others who contributed to this research effort. Special thanks are expressed to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) for providing the project funding through the NFPA Annual Code Fund.