“One size does not fit all” is one of the more ubiquitous phrases in today’s lexicon, and, one of the most obvious, right? So, why should one set of personal protective equipment be the “best fit” for all emergencies that firefighters respond to?

NFPA 1971: Standard on Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting, is the standard on protective ensembles for structural firefighting and proximity firefighting, not the standard on the protective ensemble for all firefighter responses.

The protective ensemble that we commonly refer to as turnout gear is specifically designed to protect the wearer from the mechanical and thermal hazards of structural and interior structural firefighting. Read More...