2020 NFPA 1931 Standard - Current Edition
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  • Description

    Get the information and requirements you need to help ensure ground ladders used by fire personnel comply with the latest standard.

    Ground ladders often serve as the only safe path of entrance and escape of a building for fire personnel and victims or means of transporting people and equipment between levels. It is vital this essential apparatus is constructed and tested to confirm its quality and readiness to perform as intended. NFPA® 1931, Standard for Manufacturer's Design of Fire Department Ground Ladders, 2020 edition, offers comprehensive criteria for certifying these ladders are safe and reliable.

    The standard is a must-have resource for makers of ground ladders used in fire-fighting and rescue operations and training exercises. Provisions cover everything from requirements for all types of ladder designs, accessories, and manufacturer certifications to design verification testing, label testing, and more.

    NFPA 1931, 2020 edition, represents the most current standards of performance for fire department ground ladders.

    Revised for the first time since 2015, this critical safety document delivers the relevant information manufacturers must adhere to in the production of ground fire ladders. The updated NFPA 1931 features additions and changes to keep pace with evolving industry practices and technology.

    For the 2020 edition, the standard includes a new chapter addressing ladder accessories. Definitions and references to American Ladder Institute standards are also updated for accuracy and consistency.

    Take confidence you are working with the right information and requirements for fire-fighting ground ladders.

    The ability to minimize loss and help save lives can rest on the dependability of the equipment fire departments have at their disposal. Help ensure your operation is in compliance by upgrading to NFPA 1931, Standard for Manufacturer's Design of Fire Department Ground Ladders, 2020 edition, today.

  • Table of Contents (2020 Current Edition)

    NFPA® 1931 Standard for Manufacturer’s Design of Fire Department Ground Ladders, 2020 Edition

    Chapter 1 Administration
    1.1 Scope.
    1.2 Purpose.
    1.3 Application.
    Chapter 2 Referenced Publications
    2.1 General.
    2.2 NFPA Publications.
    2.3 Other Publications.
    2.4 References for Extracts in Mandatory Sections. (Reserved)
    Chapter 3 Definitions
    3.1 General.
    3.2 NFPA Official Definitions.
    3.3 General Definitions.
    Chapter 4 Ladder Design
    4.1 Requirements for All Ground Ladders.
    4.2 Additional Requirements for Single Ladders Only.
    4.3 Additional Requirements for Roof Ladders Only.
    4.4 Additional Requirements for Extension Ladders Only.
    4.5 Additional Requirements for Combination Ladders Only.
    4.6 Additional Requirements for Folding Ladders Only.
    4.7 Additional Requirements for Pompier Ladders Only.
    4.8 Additional Requirement for Multipurpose Ladders Only.
    4.9 Manufacturer Certification.
    Chapter 5 Ladder Accessories
    5.1 General Requirements.
    Chapter 6 Design Verification Tests
    6.1 Requirements for All Design Verification Tests.
    6.2 Single, Extension, and Combination Ladder Design Verification Tests.
    6.3 Additional Design Verification Tests for Roof Ladders Only.
    6.4 Additional Design Verification Tests for Extension and Combination Ladders Only.
    6.5 Additional Design Verification Tests for Extension Ladders Only.
    6.6 Additional Design Verification Tests for Combination Ladders Only.
    6.7 Design Verification Tests for Folding Ladders Only.
    6.8 Design Verification Tests for Pompier Ladders Only.
    Chapter 7 Label Tests
    7.1 Labels to Be Tested.
    7.2 Performance Requirements.
    7.3 Testing.
    Annex A Explanatory Material
    Annex B Informational References
  • Prior Editions

    2015 Edition

    To safeguard fire fighter entry during response operations, ground ladders must adhere to NFPA 1931.

    NFPA 1931, Standard for Manufacturer's Design of Fire Department Ground Ladders provides manufacturers of fire department ground ladders with a set of performance requirements against which new ladders are certified. It specifies the requirements and the design verification testing required for new ground ladders intended for use by fire department personnel for rescue and fire-fighting operations as well as for training.

    Chapters cover:

    • Ladder design
    • Design verification tests
    • Label tests

    NFPA 1931 includes requirements for multi-purpose ladders and recognizes the installation of multi-purpose ladders in lieu of folding ladders on apparatus. To ensure a minimum duty-rating ladder is employed, NFPA 1931 includes statement of construction specification. (Print, 22 pp., 2015)

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