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Personal Equipment and PPE SOP's

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  • Personal Equipment and PPE SOP's

    I'm sure this has been asked before, I searched but I wasn't able to find anything. Anyways, I was wondering what your department's policy is on allowing firefighters to buy their own PPE (helmets, gloves, boots, etc...), tools and equipment. If it's allowed, does the equipment have to be approved, what is the approval process? Are there any departments that don't allow firefighters to have their own bailout kits? Thanks for your help.

  • #2
    On my POC FD you are allowed to buy your own PPE as long as color and reflective materials match department issue AND it meets current NFPA standards.

    Until we were issued traditional helmets generally this meant some people bought their own helmets, some bought gloves or hoods. We are also issued Streamlight xl90 flashlights so most people don't buy their own flashlights anymore. We are also issued webbing, wire cutters and Fiskars snips.

    My department has no issue with you buying your own PPE or tools. I think people need to be reasonable in what they do. Seriously how many people have $2K plus laying around for a set of turnout gear?
    Crazy, but that's how it goes
    Millions of people living as foes
    Maybe it's not too late
    To learn how to love, and forget how to hate


    • #3
      Both my career gig and my 2 volunteer gig will allow members to buy their own helmets, hoods and gloves if they meet current standards. That being said, if they are damaged or destroyed, the department will not repair or replace any personally purchased items.

      Very, very few do.

      Turnout coats and pants must be department issue.
      Train to fight the fires you fight.


      • #4
        Helmet at the Chiefs approval, other than that PPE is issued.

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