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How to comply with NFPA Standards adopted by the commission

The commission has adopted the following National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards listed below; regulated departments must comply with these standards. The list includes recommendations about how regulated fire departments can comply with the standards.

Departments should address these suggestions in terms of the resources they have available. If a department has full- or part-time personnel, contract personnel or volunteers, or obtains resources through mutual aid agreements, these should be incorporated into the SOPs.

For more information, please contact the commission's compliance section.


NFPA 1971, 2013 Edition

Standard on Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting.
Effective date Aug. 29, 2012. See 435.1. (Please note: This section of the law states: "(1) purchase, provide, and maintain a complete set of protective clothing for all fire protection personnel who would be exposed to hazardous conditions from fire or other emergencies or where the potential for such exposure exists. A complete set of protective clothing shall consist of garments including bunker coats, bunker pants, boots, gloves, helmets, and protective hoods, worn by fire protection personnel in the course of performing fire-fighting operations.")

Purchase only NFPA-compliant protective clothing. The applicable NFPA edition is the one in effect at the time you contract for or purchase the protective clothing for regulated personnel, and the clothing must be compliant with the duties performed by the personnel. Replacement components must comply with the current standard at the time of contract or purchase.

NFPA 1851, 2014 Edition

Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting.
Effective date: August 15, 2013. See 435.1.

Develop a selection, care and maintenance program standard operating procedure (SOP) that complies with the current edition of NFPA 1851. The SOP should contain the following:

  1. Procedures to follow for the selection of PPE.
  2. Procedures for after-use inspections, routine inspections and advanced inspections.
  3. Procedures for testing PPE.
  4. Procedures for cleaning and decontamination of PPE.
  5. Procedures for repair of PPE.
  6. Procedures for storage of PPE.
  7. Procedures for retirement, disposition, and special incidents.
  8. A general program providing records of each and all items or components necessary for compliance with this standard.

The agency has published a brief overview of NFPA 1851 and a risk assessment information page.

NFPA 1981, 2013 Edition

Standard on Open-Circuit Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) for Emergency Services.
Effective date Dec. 17, 2012. See 435.3.

Purchase only NFPA-compliant SCBA. The NFPA standard applicable to a self-contained breathing apparatus is the standard in effect at the time you contract for new, rebuilt, or used self-contained breathing apparatus.

(Please note: All components or potential repairs and updates that may be needed or added to the SCBA units must comply with the standard. The purchase of used or re-furbished units must meet the current standard at the time the department obtains them - not the original manufacture date.)

NFPA 1852, 2013 Edition

Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Open-Circuit Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA).
Effective date Dec. 17, 2012. See 435.3.

Develop a selection, care and maintenance program standard operating procedure (SOP) that complies with the current edition of NFPA 1852. The SOP must apply to each on-duty fire fighter who engages in operations where IDLH environments may be encountered, where the atmosphere is unknown, or where the potential for such exposure exists. The SOP should contain the following:

  1. A general program providing records of each and all items or components necessary for compliance with this standard.
  2. Procedures to follow for the selection of SCBA.
  3. Procedures for after-use inspections and advanced inspections.
  4. Procedures for testing SCBA.
  5. Procedures for cleaning and decontamination of SCBA.
  6. Procedures for repair of SCBA.
  7. Procedures for storage of SCBA.
  8. Procedures for the tracking of filling of SCBA.
  9. Procedures for retirement, disposition, and special incidents.

NFPA 1982, 2013 Edition

Standard on Personal Alert Safety Systems (PASS).
Effective date Dec. 17, 2012. See 435.9

Purchase only NFPA compliant PASS devices. The applicable edition is the one in effect at the time you contract for or purchase the PASS device. Develop an SOP that includes the proper use, selection, care and maintenance of PASS devices.

NFPA 1989, 2013 Edition

Standard on Breathing Air Quality for Emergency Services Respiratory Protection.
Effective date Dec. 17, 2012. See 435.3.

Develop an air quality program that complies with the most recent edition of the NFPA 1989 Standard.

The SOP should contain, as a minimum, the following:

  1. Procedures for conducting quarterly air testing of all cascade systems, breathing air compressors and other applicable sources of breathing air.
  2. Procedures for maintaining records and reports that document compliance with commission and NFPA 1989 requirements concerning SCBA and breathing air. Departments must maintain records of all tests for a period on no less than three years.

The 2008 edition also contains new requirements for breathing air compressor installation.

NFPA 1561, 2014 Edition

Standard on Emergency Services Incident Management System.
Effective date Dec. 2, 2013. See 435.11, 435.13, 435.15, 435.17.

Develop an incident management system (IMS) standard operating procedure (SOP) that contains the components found in NFPA 1561. The commission recommends that departments follow the National Incident Management System (NIMS) when developing their incident management systems. The SOP should contain:

  1. Implementation procedures.
  2. A method for developing, maintaining and using a personnel accountability system that provides for a rapid accounting of all personnel at an emergency incident.
  3. Resource accountability (apparatus and equipment).
  4. Incident scene rehabilitation.
  5. System qualification process and training requirements.
  6. Command structure and positions.
  7. Communications systems.
  8. Operating at emergency incidents (2-in/2-out).
  9. Procedures for interior structural fire fighting.

Standards compliance

Compliance program overview

Overview of the Texas Commission on Fire Protection's compliance program.

Compliance notices and alerts

Notices and alerts from the commission's compliance program.

How to comply with NFPA Standards adopted by the commission

A list of NFPA Standards adopted by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection with explanations about how to comply with the standards.

Risk assessment information and templates

Information, templates and guidance to assist departments in performing NFPA 1851-compliant risk assessments for selecting personal protective equipment

Compliance inspection guide (PDF)

This form provides a guide for regulated departments to help prepare for a compliance inspection.

Certified training facility inspection guide (PDF)

This form provides a guide for certified training facilitiesto help prepare for a commission inspection.

Wellness-Fitness Rule (PDF)

An overview of how to meet the requirements of §435.21, Fire Service Joint Labor Management Wellness-Fitness Initiative.