PPE Evaluations: From Risk Assessment to Selection

March 16, 2021: This webcast is based on five successful firefighter evaluations of personal protective equipment (PPE) from risk assessment through evaluation and selection.

Date: March 16, 2021
1:00 PM EDT / 12:00 PM CDT / 10:00 AM PDT / 5:00 PM GMT

Duration: 1 Hour.

CEU: A certificate of attendance will be offered.

This webcast is based on five successful firefighter evaluations of personal protective equipment (PPE) from risk assessment through evaluation and selection. It explores the nuances and time lengths (which differed because of fiscal time constrictions) of the processes for the items typically associated with firefighter PPE: helmet, hood, gloves, coat and pant, and boots. The presentation includes pilot programs, evaluation solicitations, evaluation forms, requests for proposal, and language suggestions for requirements. Successful personnel engagement strategies and practices are also discussed.

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Presented By:

Jim Reidy

Jim Reidy has been in the San Antonio (TX) Fire Department since 1988; he is a lieutenant on Ladder 46-A. He has been a San Antonio Fire Department & Local 624 Personal Protective Equipment Committee member since 1990 and its chairman since 2000. He is a member of the Tool and Equipment Committee, Apparatus Committee, and the Uniform Commissary Committee. He has chaired the Texas Commission on Fire Protection-Firefighter Advisory Committee since 2007. He is a principal member of the National Fire Protection Association Technical Committee on Structural and Proximity Firefighter Protective Clothing and Equipment; NFPA 1971, and NFPA 1851. He is a Texas Commission on Fire Protection master firefighter, fire officer 1, instructor 1, and task force leader/strike team leader-Texas Forest Service; and a Texas Department of State Health Services licensed paramedic. He has a bachelor’s of business degree from Western Illinois University. He is a member of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 624 (San Antonio) and the Texas State Association of Fire Fighters.

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