NFPA 1914: Standard for Testing Fire Department Aerial Devices

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2002 NFPA 1914
Prior Years Prior Editions of NFPA 1914

NFPA 1914 provides the requirements and procedures for conducting a test of the aerial device on an apparatus, including aerial ladders, elevating platforms, and water towers.

Two levels of inspection and testing are defined in this standard:

  • The first level consists of visual inspections, operational tests, and load tests that should be conducted -- at least annually -- after major repairs or overhaul -- following the use of the aerial device when the aerial device could have been subjected to unusual operating conditions of stress or load -- when there is reason to believe that usage has exceeded the manufacturer's recommended aerial device operating procedures.
  • The second level adds nondestructive testing (NDT) and is required to be done at least every 5 years and whenever the visual inspection or load testing indicates a potential problem or there is a desire to further confirm continued operational safety.

Major changes to the 2002 edition of NFPA 1914 include:

  • Clarified qualifications of inspection and testing personnel
  • Added inspection requirements for some components that were not covered previously
  • Editorially revised wording to clarify the intent of requirements

(Approx. 30 pp., 2002)

NFPA 1914 Standard for Testing Fire Department Aerial Devices 2002 Edition

Chapter 1 Administration
Chapter 2 Referenced Publications
Chapter 3 Definitions
Chapter 4 Inspection and Test Procedures
Chapter 5 Inspecting and Testing Aerial Ladders
Chapter 6 Inspecting and Testing Elevating Platforms
Chapter 7 Inspecting and Testing Water Towers
Annex A Explanatory Material
Annex B Inspection and Test Form
Annex C Informational References