NFPA Performance Standards & Requirements

All Fire-Dex products go through rigorous testing to be certified as NFPA compliant. The testing and certification for NFPA compliance is always done by a 3rd party agency; mainly UL (Underwriters Laboratories) or SEI (Safety Equipment Institute) which is a subsidiary of ASTM International (American Society for Testing and Materials).

The following chart shows which NFPA standards our products must meet.

NFPA StandardDefinitionCertified Products
NFPA 1971
Standard on Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire FightingAll Fire-Dex Turnout Gear, Helmets, BootsHoods, & Dex-Pro Gloves
NFPA 1951
Standard on Protective Ensembles for Technical Rescue Incidents; Three Levels of Certification - (1)Utility, (2)Rescue & Recovery, and (3)CBRNTECGEN51 Fatigues &  USAR
NFPA 1977
Standard on Protective Clothing and Equipment for Wildland Fire FightingTECGEN51 Fatigues &  Wildland
NFPA 1999
Standard on Protective Clothing and Ensembles for Emergency Medical OperationsEMS & USAR

(Dual-certified products are listed under both applicable standards)

Click on the NFPA Standard to learn more about that standard and the testing involved, or click on a certified product to learn more about its features and applications.

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NFPA 1851 Guidance 

The NFPA 1851 Standard covers selection, care, and maintenance of structural and proximity firefighting PPE. It acts as the guide to keep gear in top shape, so it can maintain peak performance while helping reduce your risk of health or safety issues commonly associated with improper maintenance, contamination, or wear. The guide provides chapters on the following topics:

  • Guidance for Selecting PPE
  • Protecting Firefighters and the Public from Cross Contamination from PPE
  • How to Perform a Proper PPE Inspection
  • What Cleaning & Disinfectant Methods are Most Effective
  • Instruction on PPE Repair
  • Proper and Effective Storage Methods for the Longevity of PPE
  • When to Consider Taking PPE Out of Service or Retiring It
  • Compiling and Maintaining PPE Records

Check out our video vault for more information, NFPA 1851 updates, and performing in-station cleanings & inspections.