2017 NFPA 1911 Standard - Current Edition
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  • Description

    Be confident in emergency vehicle performance and reliability with the 2017 edition of NFPA 1911.

    Conduct timely inspection, maintenance, and in-service testing of emergency vehicles to ensure prompt, reliable response and protect personnel on board. Apply the new NFPA 1911, Inspection, Maintenance, Testing, and Retirement of In-Service Emergency Vehicles when developing a program for vehicle care.

    Renamed for the 2017 edition, NFPA 1911 is updated and revised with a broader scope.

    The term "fire apparatus" is replaced with "emergency vehicle" throughout the document to make requirements more inclusive and applicable to more than just fire apparatus. Other revisions include:

    • A new chapter for the patient compartment of ambulances, for application alongside NFPA 1917, Standard for Automotive Ambulances
    • A new chapter with requirements for trailers
    • Changes that make the Standard consistent with NFPA 1901, Standard for Automotive Fire Apparatus and NFPA 1906, Standard for Wildland Fire Apparatus
    • New requirements for ultra-high-pressure pumps (UHPs)
    • Explanatory information stating that NFPA 1911 requirements can apply to vehicles with a GVWR less than 5001 lb, if the AHJ so chooses
    • Revisions in the chapter addressing daily/weekly checks, to ensure code and standard consistency as well as address currently accepted practices
    • Changes to the tire load and speed rating of tires used on emergency vehicles to ensure the correct tires are being used based on application
    • New requirements that wildland fire pumps and UHPs testing be done at least annually and when any listed repair is performed

    Staying up-to-code with NFPA 1911 is essential for mechanics, maintenance shop supervisors, and testing company personnel -- anyone responsible for inspecting, servicing, or testing emergency vehicles. (Print, Approx. 108 pp., 2017)

  • Table of Contents (2017 Current Edition)

    NFPA® 1911 Standard for the Inspection, Maintenance, Testing, and Retirement of In- Service Emergency Vehicles, 2017 Edition

    Chapter 1 Administration
    1.1 Scope.
    1.2 Purpose.
    1.3 Application.
    1.4 Equivalency.
    1.5 Units and Formulas.
    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 General Requirements
    4.1 General.
    4.2 Taking Emergency Vehicles Out of Service.
    4.3 Qualifications of Personnel.
    4.4 Safety.
    4.5 Inspections and Maintenance.
    4.6 Maintenance and Repairs.
    4.7 Documentation.
    Chapter 5 Retirement of Emergency Vehicles
    5.1 General.
    Chapter 6 Out-of-Service Criteria
    6.1 General.
    6.2 Driving and Crew Areas, Emergency Vehicle Body, and Compartmentation.
    6.3 Chassis, Axles, Steering and Suspension Systems, Driveline, Wheels, and Tires.
    6.4 Engine Systems.
    6.5 Engine Cooling System.
    6.6 Transmission and Clutch.
    6.7 Low-Voltage and Line Voltage Electrical Systems.
    6.8 Braking Systems.
    6.9 Fire Pump System.
    6.10 Aerial Device Systems.
    6.11 Trailers.
    6.12 Patient Compartment.
    Chapter 7 Daily / Weekly Visual and Operational Checks
    7.1 General.
    7.2 Visual Checks.
    7.3 Operational Check.
    7.4 Documentation.
    Chapter 8 Inspection and Maintenance of the Chassis, Driving and Crew Compartment, and Body
    8.1 General.
    8.2 Frame and Suspension.
    8.3 Axles, Tires, and Wheels.
    8.4 Engine.
    8.5 Engine Cooling System.
    8.6 Engine Fuel System.
    8.7 Engine Air Intake System.
    8.8 Engine Exhaust System.
    8.9 Transmission.
    8.10 Driveline.
    8.11 Steering System.
    8.12 Braking System.
    8.13 Chassis Air-Powered Accessories.
    8.14 Crew and Passenger Compartments.
    8.15 Body and Compartmentation.
    8.16 Powered Equipment Racks.
    Chapter 9 Inspection and Maintenance of Low-Voltage Electrical Systems
    9.1 General.
    9.2 Starting System.
    9.3 Wiring.
    9.4 Batteries.
    9.5 Charging System.
    9.6 Ignition System.
    9.7 Automatic Electrical Load Management System.
    9.8 Miscellaneous Electrical Components.
    9.9 Emergency Vehicle Lighting.
    9.10 Work Lighting.
    9.11 Electrical Accessories.
    9.12 Warning Devices.
    9.13 Electric Trailer Brake Actuator.
    Chapter 10 Inspection and Maintenance of Water Pumping Systems and Water Tanks
    10.1 General.
    10.2 Fire Pump, Auxiliary Pump, Industrial Pump, and Transfer Pump.
    10.3 Water Tanks.
    Chapter 11 Inspection and Maintenance of Aerial Devices
    11.1 General.
    11.2 Inspection.
    11.3 Maintenance.
    11.4 Air Storage Systems.
    Chapter 12 Inspection and Maintenance of Foam Proportioning Systems
    12.1 General.
    12.2 System Components.
    12.3 Cleaning.
    12.4 Instrumentation and Controls.
    12.5 Strainer or Filter.
    12.6 Foam Concentrate Pump.
    12.7 Foam Concentrate or Foam Solution Tanks.
    12.8 Diagnostic Check.
    Chapter 13 Inspection and Maintenance of Compressed Air–Foam Systems (CAFS)
    13.1 General.
    13.2 System Components.
    13.3 Compressed Air Source.
    Chapter 14 Inspection and Maintenance of Line Voltage Electrical Systems
    14.1 General.
    14.2 Power Source.
    14.3 Wiring.
    14.4 Appliances and Controls.
    14.5 Circuit Protection.
    14.6 Instrumentation.
    14.7 Engine-Driven Generators.
    14.8 Power Takeoff (PTO)–Driven Line Voltage Generators.
    14.9 Hydraulic-Driven Line Voltage Generators.
    14.10 Belt-Driven Line Voltage Generators.
    Chapter 15 Inspection and Maintenance of Utility Air and Breathing Air Systems
    15.1 General.
    15.2 System Components.
    15.3 Labels.
    15.4 Piping, Hose, Valves, and Instrumentation.
    15.5 Air Compressors.
    15.6 Purification System.
    15.7 Air Storage Tanks.
    15.8 Refill Stations.
    15.9 Air Compressor.
    15.10 Records.
    Chapter 16 Inspection and Maintenance of Trailers
    16.1 General.
    16.2 Frame, Hitch, Axle, and Suspension.
    16.3 Trailer Brake Systems.
    16.4 Trailer Electrical and Lighting.
    Chapter 17 Inspection and Maintenance of Patient Compartment
    17.1 General.
    17.2 Patient Compartment Interior.
    17.3 Auxiliary Equipment.
    Chapter 18 Inspection and Maintenance of Winch Systems
    18.1 General.
    18.2 Winch Assembly.
    18.3 Winch Wire or Synthetic Rope.
    18.4 Power Supply and Controls.
    18.5 Attachment Points.
    Chapter 19 Road Tests and Annual Weight Verification
    19.1 General.
    19.2 Emergency Vehicle Axle Weight Test.
    19.3 Braking System.
    19.4 Parking Brake System.
    19.5 Road Test.
    Chapter 20 Performance Testing of Low-Voltage Electrical Systems
    20.1 General.
    20.2 Frequency.
    20.3 Battery Test.
    20.4 Starter Wiring Test.
    20.5 Alternator Test.
    20.6 Regulator Test.
    20.7 Battery Charger/Conditioner Test.
    20.8 Total Continuous Electrical Load Test.
    20.9 Solenoid and Relay Test.
    20.10 Low-Voltage Alarm Test.
    Chapter 21 Performance Testing of Fire Pumps, Wildland Fire Pumps, Ultra-High-Pressure Pumps, and Industrial Supply Pumps
    21.1 General.
    21.2 Frequency.
    21.3 Test Site.
    21.4 Environmental Conditions.
    21.5 Equipment.
    21.6 Conditions for Test.
    21.7 Procedure.
    21.8 Test Results.
    Chapter 22 Performance Testing of Aerial Devices
    22.1 General.
    22.2 Inspection Personnel.
    22.3 Third-Party Test Companies.
    22.4 Visual Inspection.
    22.5 Weld Inspection.
    22.6 Bolt and Pin Inspection.
    22.7 Nondestructive Testing Procedures.
    22.8 Inspecting and Testing Aerial Ladders.
    22.9 Inspecting and Testing Elevating Platforms.
    22.10 Inspecting and Testing Water Towers.
    Chapter 23 Performance Testing of Foam Proportioning Systems
    23.1 General.
    23.2 Performance Level.
    23.3 Testing Methods.
    23.4 Multiple Concentrate Systems.
    23.5 Accuracy Level.
    Chapter 24 Performance Testing of Compressed Air Foam Systems (CAFS)
    24.1 General.
    24.2 Frequency.
    24.3 Inspection.
    24.4 Test Method.
    Chapter 25 Performance Testing of Line Voltage Electrical Systems
    25.1 General.
    25.2 Frequency.
    25.3 Power Source Testing.
    25.4 Receptacle Wiring.
    25.5 GFCI Testing.
    25.6 Line Voltage Equipment Testing.
    25.7 Full Load Test of Power Source.
    Chapter 26 Performance Testing of Breathing Air Compressor Systems
    26.1 General.
    26.2 Air Quality.
    26.3 Records.
    Annex A Explanatory Material
    Annex B Conducting Pumping Tests
    Annex C Developing a Preventive Maintenance Program
    Annex D Guidelines for First-Line and Reserve Fire Apparatus
    Annex E Informational References
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