This online program provides free training on the care and maintenance of protective clothing and footwear in accordance with the 2020 edition of NFPA 1851, Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting.
Following the NFPA 1851 standard chapter by chapter, training topics include:
- The Selection and Purchase of New PPE
- PPE Inspection
- PPE Cleaning and Decontamination
- Repairing your PPE
- PPE Storage
- PPE Retirement
- Verification and Test Procedures
Many new definitions were added to the 2020 revision, which focuses a great deal on the issue of cleaning. These include but are not limited to sanitizer, gross decontamination, cleaning facility, and verified cleaner. The term “preliminary exposure reduction” was introduced, replacing the term “routine cleaning,” as a more adequate description of the activity that occurs on the fireground. In conjunction with the emphasis on cleaning, a new test was introduced into the 2020 revision, designed to measure the effectiveness of cleaning.
This course is provided free of charge by Globe and FireRescue1 Academy and offers a formal certificate upon completion.