2002 NFPA 1914 Standard
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NFPA 1914

  • Description

    NFPA 1914: Standard for Testing Fire Department Aerial Devices* 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

    (Print, Approx. 30 pp., 2002) 


    *This document was withdrawn in Fall 2006 and incorporated into NFPA 1911: Inspection, Maintenance, Testing, and Retirement of In-Service Emergency Vehicles.

  • Table of Contents (2002 Edition)

    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
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