How to establish an in-house PPE care and maintenance program

Is your department considering establishing an in-house PPE care and maintenance program? The NFPA 1851 standard says that designated department members must be trained by the element manufacturer to perform advanced cleaning, advanced inspection and basic repairs.

In addition, the manufacturer must provide documentation confirming that members have been trained. PPE manufacturers have chosen different methods to provide training to fire departments. For your convenience, Lion’s online training program is available 24/7/365.

After reviewing the information, you take a multiple choice test and upon passing we issue you a training certificate. If you’re having a bad day and you don’t pass the test, you are welcome to try it again. In fact, we encourage you to come back periodically to refresh your skills and to confirm that the methods you are using in your in-house program conform to our requirements.

In addition to our online training program, you will find training videos on routine inspection and routine cleaning. Routine inspection and routine cleaning is the responsibility of the individual firefighter, although NFPA 1851 has no training requirement. To ensure that your members are equipped to spot a potential health or safety problem with their PPE, we suggest that all members review these training videos.