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DHS Adopts NFPA Standards for First Responder Personal Protective Equipment

New York, Apr 03, 2007

In a move to assist state and local procurement officials in selecting protective equipment for first responders, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently adopted several standards developed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Designed to safeguard responders in emergencies involving chemical, biological and other hazards, the standards articulate guidelines for designing, testing and certifying protective garments, ensembles and equipment. Three of the eight documents were adopted by DHS for the first time; the remaining five represent re-adoptions of the latest editions of standards currently recognized by DHS.

"DHS is committed to ensuring that the equipment which is purchased to protect first responders is the very best available,” explained Bert M. Coursey, director of the DHS Office of Standards. “The adoption of these NFPA standards sets requirements that help those manufacturing and purchasing this necessary equipment as well as those who depend on this equipment for their personal safety.”

“NFPA has long been a strong advocate for equipment and protective clothing standards for first responders and continues to lead efforts in this area,” said NFPA president James M. Shannon. “These latest adoptions by DHS will go a long way in ensuring the safety of emergency personnel.”

The three newly adopted NFPA standards include:

The standards re-adopted by DHS encompass:

As an accredited standards developer of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the NFPA develops building, fire, and electrical safety standards according to the Institute’s requirements for openness, balance, consensus and due process. NFPA’s 300 codes and standards impact buildings, designs and safety procedures both domestically and internationally; many have been used by federal agencies as the basis for federal safety regulations.

For further information, please view the NFPA news release.

 Homeland Defense and Security Standardization Collaborative