NFPA 1971, 2013 EDITION

Standard on Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting

This standard sets the minimum requirements for design, performance, testing, and certification of the elements of the ensemble for body protection in structural fire fighting and in proximity fire fighting – coats, trousers, one-piece suits, hoods, helmets, gloves, footwear, and interface elements such as wristers.

As with all NFPA standards, the 2013 edition of NFPA 1971 replaced the 2007 edition, and all previous editions. The 2013 edition was approved as an American National Standard on August 29, 2012, with a final completion date of August 29, 2013. The 2013 edition continues to incorporate design and performance requirements for optional CBRN requirements, and includes several new definitions and revised labeling requirements.

Changes have been made to the performance requirements for all of the ensemble elements, which are reflected in revised and/or new test methods. For garments, one of the most noteworthy new requirements is a SET or stored energy test. This new requirement and associated test method is the culmination of several years of research as to why firefighters get burned under seemingly low heat flux conditions, even as the gear appears unaffected. As a result of research into this area, there is a new standardized test method for stored energy, titled ASTM F 2371.

NFPA 1971 Design and Performance Requirements for Garments

NFPA 1971 Design and Performance Requirements for Footwear

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