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In the new NFPA Journal, ‘First Responder’ column explains how to use NFPA codes to make smart purchases

Blog Post created by mikehazell Employee on Sep 15, 2014

First responder imageBuyer’s remorse is a terrible feeling. Spending thousands of dollars on firefighting equipment that doesn’t work as intended is more than terrible—it’s dangerous.

In his “First Responder” column in the new September/October issue of NFPA Journal, NFPA Division Manager Ken Willette writes about how NFPA codes can assist with the purchase of fire equipment.

There are more than a dozen NFPA standards to help fire-service buyers make smart choices. The standards recommend practices for the design, testing and certification of personal protective equipment (PPE) and electronic safety equipment (ESE). The standards also recommend that each piece of compliant equipment “have a permanent label affixed that explicitly states it meets the requirements of the relevant standard,” Willette writes.

“When evaluating PPE or ESE, look for the label—it’s your confirmation that the equipment is NFPA-compliant and can serve as a benchmark as you evaluate comparable, labeled products,” Willette writes. 

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