NFPA 1977: Standard on Protective Clothing and Equipment for Wildland Fire Fighting

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State-of-the-art PPE is essential to the health, safety, and success of wildland fire fighters. That's why fire service leaders and purchasers need NFPA 1977.

In addition to improving safety and enabling the performance of wildland fire fighters on the line, correct sizing and care help extend the service life of costly clothing and equipment. Get the latest guidance in NFPA 1977: Standard on Protective Clothing and Equipment for Wildland Fire Fighting.

This Standard specifies the minimum product labeling and instructions for the purchaser; design criteria; performance requirements; testing methods to determine pass or fail; and certification requirements for protective clothing, helmets, gloves, and footwear that are designed to protect fire fighters against adverse environmental effects during wildland fire fighting operations. It is encouraged that NFPA 1977 be used in conjunction with the respiratory protection requirements for wildland fire fighters in NFPA 1984: Standard on Respirators for Wildland Fire-Fighting Operations.

Manufacturers, fire service leaders, and purchasers should look to the 2016 edition of NFPA 1977 for:

  • The latest referenced publications and product labels
  • Changes to protective work glove sizing
  • Changes to sewing thread testing requirements
  • Performance requirements for fastener tape and garment zippers
  • Changes to laundering preconditioning requirements

Advances in PPE are ongoing, and NFPA 1977 provides the latest PPE guidance for garment design, purchasing, and care. (Softbound, 75 pp., 2016)

NFPA® 1977 Standard on Protective Clothing and Equipment for Wildland Fire Fighting, 2016 Edition

Chapter 1 Administration
1.1 Scope.
1.2 Purpose.
1.3 Application.
1.4 Units.
Chapter 2 Referenced Publications
2.1 General.
2.2 NFPA Publications.
2.3 Other Publications.
2.4 References for Extracts in Mandatory Sections.
Chapter 3 Definitions
3.1 General.
3.2 NFPA Official Definitions.
3.3 General Definitions.
Chapter 4 Certification
4.1 General.
4.2 Certification Program.
4.3 Inspection and Testing.
4.4 Annual Verification of Product Compliance.
4.5 Manufacturer’s Quality Assurance Program.
4.6 Hazards Involving Compliant Product.
4.7 Manufacturer’s Investigation of Complaints and Returns.
4.8 Manufacturer’s Safety Alert and Product Recall Systems.
Chapter 5 Labeling and Information
5.1 Protective Garments.
5.2 Protective Helmet.
5.3 Protective Work Gloves.
5.4 Protective Footwear.
5.5 Protective Face/Neck Shroud.
5.6 Protective Goggles.
5.7 Chain Saw Protectors.
5.8 Protective Driving Gloves.
5.9 Load-Carrying Equipment.
Chapter 6 Design Requirements
6.1 Protective Garment Item Design Requirements.
6.2 Protective Helmet Item Design Requirements.
6.3 Protective Work Glove Item Design Requirements.
6.4 Protective Footwear Item Design Requirements.
6.5 Protective Face/Neck Shroud Item Design Requirements.
6.6 Protective Goggle Item Design Requirements.
6.7 Chain Saw Protector Item Design Requirements.
6.8 Protective Driving Glove Item Design Requirements.
6.9 Load-Carrying Equipment Item Design Requirements.
Chapter 7 Performance Requirements
7.1 Protective Garment Item Performance Requirements.
7.2 Protective Helmet Item Performance Requirements.
7.3 Protective Work Glove Item Performance Requirements.
7.4 Protective Footwear Item Performance Requirements.
7.5 Protective Face/Neck Shroud Item Performance Requirements.
7.6 Protective Goggle Item Performance Requirements.
7.7 Chain Saw Protector Item Performance Requirements.
7.8 Protective Driving Gloves Item Performance Requirements.
7.9 Load-Carrying Equipment Item Performance Requirements.
Chapter 8 Test Methods
8.1 Preconditioning.
8.2 Radiant Protective Performance (RPP) Test.
8.3 Flame Resistance Test.
8.4 Heat and Thermal Shrinkage Resistance Test.
8.5 Total Heat Loss Test.
8.6 Tear Resistance Test.
8.7 Cleaning Shrinkage Resistance Test.
8.8 Seam Breaking Strength Test.
8.9 Thread Heat Resistance Test.
8.10 Burst Strength Test.
8.11 Top Impact Resistance Test (Force) After Radiant Conditioning.
8.12 Helmet Physical Penetration Resistance Test After Radiant Conditioning.
8.13 Helmet Antiglare Flammability Test.
8.14 Flame Resistance Test for Protective Footwear.
8.15 Suspension System Retention Test.
8.16 Retroreflectivity Test.
8.17 Retention System Test.
8.18 Protective Footwear Abrasion Test.
8.19 Goggle and Headlamp Clip Attachment Test.
8.20 Protective Glove Flame Resistance Test.
8.21 Conductive Heat Resistance Test.
8.22 Thermal Protective Performance (TPP) Test.
8.23 Cut Resistance Test.
8.24 Puncture Resistance Test.
8.25 Dexterity Test.
8.26 Grip Test.
8.27 Corrosion Resistance Test.
8.28 Footwear Conductive Heat Resistance Test.
8.29 Eyelet and Stud Post Attachment Test.
8.30 Chain Saw Protector Cut Resistance Test.
8.31 Label Durability and Legibility Test 1.
8.32 Label Durability and Legibility Test 2.
8.33 Slip Resistance Test.
8.34 Torque Test.
Annex A Explanatory Material
Annex B Informational References