Selecting Your Gear

Evaluating, Specifying, and Purchasing

  • What steps should we take to evaluate PPE?
  • How do we put together our Specification?
  • Where can we go to get help applying for grants?
  • How can our local Globe Dealer help us?
  • Can I buy directly from Globe?
A well-documented field test and evaluation that results in a recommendation based on quantifiable results can be a powerful tool in providing justification for the purchase of the turnout gear and boots that will be the best solutions for your department.

Get started by downloading a free copy of How to Conduct and Quantify PPE Field Tests, as well as a Turnout Gear Wear Test Evaluation or Footwear Wear Test Evaluation form.
Your Risk Assessment Conclusions should identify the performance requirements needed to protect your personnel from the reasonable maximum exposures you have identified.

For turnout gear, those criteria should include, but not be limited to, the following:
  • Jacket and pants design
  • Jacket and pants features
  • Jacket and pants options and trim
  • Garment construction methods
  • Materials criteria
  • Thermal protective performance (TPP)
  • Total heat loss (THL)
  • Testing and certification to NFPA 1971
  • Warranty and support programs
  • Garment training and support
  • PPE record keeping
For footwear, those criteria should include, but not be limited to, the following:
  • Sizing range
  • Design
  • Features
  • Slip resistance
  • Flexibility
  • Construction methods
  • Materials criteria
  • Testing and certification to NFPA 1971 and NFPA 1992
  • Warranty and support programs
  • PPE record keeping
A Globe Dealer can help you get started writing your specification.

As the specifier, if you want to limit the specification to one source, you have the right to do so and enforce it, as determined by the U.S. Supreme Court’s affirmation of Whitten vs. Paddock.
To help our customers who need grant assistance in order to buy the PPE they need, Globe sponsors FireGrantsHelp.com to provide assistance. FireGrantsHelp.com is a comprehensive resource with timely information, online tools, and grant consultants to help guide you through the grant process including assistance with grant writing. Click here to check out FireGrantsHelp.com.
Globe Dealers can assist you through every step of your gear selection process, from understanding standards through purchasing. Our Dealers can also assist you with lease purchase funding, sizing, Globe’s free PPEtracker record keeping, product training, care and maintenance training, warranty and support programs, repairs, and maintenance.
No. Globe sells and distributes turnout gear and boots exclusively through a network of Globe Dealers worldwide. Globe Dealers can assist you through every step of your gear selection process from selecting styles and options, evaluation, specification, and purchasing. When you order Globe gear, they are there to help get your department sized correctly. And Globe Dealers stand ready to help you after your purchase with PPE record keeping, product training, care and maintenance training, warranty and support programs, repairs, and maintenance.
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