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How to Inspect PPE

Routine Inspection

Performed by the fire fighter after each use, look for:

  • Soiling.
  • Contamination.
  • Physical damage.
  • Damaged or missing trim.
  • Loss of seam integrity or missing stitches.
  • Correct assembly of components.


Advanced Inspection

  • Performed annually by fire department’s trained personnel or verified Independent Service Provider (ISP).
  • Ensemble elements that are “soiled” must be cleaned before inspection.
  • Findings of inspection must be documented.
  • Include all elements of routine inspection.
  • Perform required tests on garment elements: Light evaluation test of liners and leakage evaluation.


Complete Liner Inspection

  • Performed annually on garments in use for three years or longer by fire department’s trained personnel or verified ISP.
  • Liner must be separated to expose the hidden sides of the moisture barrier and thermal liner.
  • Perform required test on moisture barrier: Water penetration barrier evaluation.
  • Liners that pass inspection must be sewn together after testing.