PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT INSPECTIONS (PPE) ARE ESSENTIAL TO PROTECT FIREFIGHTER LIVES!
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) safeguards firefighters from dangerous and possibly life-threatening levels of heat and smoke. In the process PPE is exposed to many hazardous substances such as toxic chemicals and biological pathogens.
FireHouse Manager will help every fire station keep their PPE accounted for and up to date on required inspections and maintenance. That is why it is vital that PPE is properly inspected and maintained to prevent both short term and long term health risks. The safety of firefighter may be in jeopardy if proper and timely maintenance is not performed on their Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and it will prolong the useful life of the gear.
FireHouse Manager PPE electronically tracks all gear for:
- Assignments and Reassignments
Fire departments often face challenges when trying to implement standards and maintain compliance. Though a difficult task it is important to remember that standards are an essential component contributing to firefighter safety. Using FireHouse Manager PPE Tracking makes it easy to comply with OSHA and NFPA 1851 Standard on Selection, Care and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting.
Probably the most important part of maintenance is the need for continuing inspection of the PPE. If carefully performed, inspections will help identify damaged or malfunctioning PPE before it is used. Thorough inspections of PPE will help ensure not only that it protects but also prolong its useful life. The job of PPE is to protect the firefighter does their job. NFPA 1851 indicates that gear should be inspected after each use and go through an advanced inspection at least once a year. Inspections let the firefighter know if their PPE is suffering from thermal or mechanical stress or has been exposed to dangerous elements.
Like all equipment, a firefighter's PPE requires appropriate care and maintenance. Improper care can shorten the life of PPE and affect its performance. Cleaning gear too infrequently could increase contamination risks such as cancer. Cleaning is important for maintaining useable gear and minimizing long-term fire fighter exposure to contaminants. With FireHouse Manager's PPE tracking fire departments can stay on top of the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to know if it is being routinely maintained.