Does some part of either NFPA 1971 or 1851 state the provider must provide two working sets of structural firefighting gear ? If not either 1971 or 1851 where could that answer be found ?
Has your department mandated to follow those standards?
I am thinking it is not there
Does not look like 1971 covers it:
1.1.1 This standard shall specify the minimum design, performance, testing, and certification requirements for structural fire fighting protective ensembles and ensemble elements that include coats, trousers, coveralls, helmets, gloves, footwear, and interface components.
1851, just says clean them
Some departments cannot even afford new gear, or replacement when it is due, or fails.
Neither NFPA 1971 nor 1851 address the issuance of two sets of turnout gear to fire fighters.
However, NFPA 1500 has some informational (non-mandatory) text in its Annex that may be helpful -
A.7.2.1 The fire department should consider providing each member with two complete sets of structural fire-fighting protective clothing that meet the requirements of NFPA 1971, Standard on Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting, whenever possible. It is not reasonable to expect that a fire department would have enough stock protective clothing available to all members in the event that the protective clothing became soiled, wet, or contaminated during daily activities. Fire fighters provided with two complete sets of structural fire-fighting protective clothing can change easily into proper-fitting garments and will not be unnecessarily exposed or expose the public to contaminants.Structural protective clothing that is cleaned and properly and completely dried before the next use will last longer and provide greater protection than soiled or damp garments.
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