New NFPA Apparatus Standards & Helmet Wearing/Use

Reposted from FirefighterCloseCalls.com

The following is in the new revision of NFPA 1901, effective for apparatus contracted on and after January 1, 2009.

"14.1.8.4* The following statement shall be included in the operator’s manual: ’Fire helmets shall not be worn by persons riding in enclosed driving and crew areas. Fire helmets are not designed for crash protection and they will interfere with the protection provided by head rests The use of seat belts is essential to protecting fire fighters during driving.’

14.1.8.4.1 A location for helmet storage shall be provided.

14.1.8.4.2 If helmets are to be stored in the driving or crew compartment, the helmets shall be secured in compliance to section 14.1.11.2. (This relates to the gforce restraints.)

14.1.8.4.3 A label stating ’DO NOT WEAR HELMET WHILE SEATED’ shall be visible form each seating position.

A.14.1.8.4 The minimum seat head height values in this standard assume that the occupants are not wearing helmets. The use of helmets puts the occupant at greater risk of neck or back injury during a rollover or during a severe road event.

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Comment by Tiger Schmittendorf on February 27, 2008 at 11:29am
I believe those pockets are commonly referred to as "saddle bags" - for several reasons.
Comment by Captain 46 on February 27, 2008 at 11:27am
Better idea, bigger pockets you can put your helmet into along with your thermal imaging camera, spare SCBA bottle and radio repeaters! Those NFPA guys are really on it.
Comment by Mary Ellen Shea on February 27, 2008 at 6:40am
no, that would be the one that's going to decapitate you......

And you can store that non-compliant helmet in the approved cabinet; but you'd better bring a pocket full of quarters for the meter.
Comment by Tiger Schmittendorf on February 27, 2008 at 12:18am
Last I checked, helmets belong on our heads and seat belts belong around our waist and shoulders.

What if it's not an NFPA approved helmet, can it still get stowed in an NFPA approved cab?


Imagine the possibilities.

And what headrest, the same one that contains the SCBA you're going to slam into in a crash?
Comment by Robert Dunn on February 26, 2008 at 10:26pm
Helmets! Where you gonna find the room?
Comment by Mary Ellen Shea on February 26, 2008 at 10:17pm
so now you're going to have to retrofit for helmet storage, because you can't have a loose helmet become airborne in a crash.

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