3 questions you should ask when evaluating PPE maintenance providers

The NFPA 1851 standard says that only Verified Independent Service Providers (ISPs) can make major repairs to your turnout gear. It also says that, if they are verified, they are qualified to clean, inspect and repair all of your PPE.

Before selecting your ISP, you may want to consider whether other services needed by your department are available:

  • Does the ISP use a tracking system to record advanced cleaning, advanced inspection and repairs, and other NFPA 1851 record-keeping requirements?
  • If your department only wants to outsource major repairs, will the ISP help train members on in-house cleaning, inspection and basic repairs?
  • If your department does not have back-up gear, does the ISP have loaner gear for you to use during the maintenance cycle?

There are a wide range of services available to fire departments, but not all ISPs supply all services. You should therefore evaluate the needs of your department and select the company that can best meet your needs.

(Editor’s note: This is the second part of a two-part series on what you should look for when outsourcing your PPE maintenance).