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  • Description

    Stay up to date with the newest requirements for conducting operations at technical search and rescue incidents and using life safety rope and equipment with the 2022 edition of NFPA 2500, Standard for Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents and Life Safety Rope and Equipment for Emergency Services.

    Part of the Emergency Response and Responder Safety (ERRS) consolidation project, NFPA 2500, Standard for Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents and Life Safety Rope and Equipment for Emergency Services, is a new standard made up of three former standards NFPA 1858, Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Life Safety Rope and Equipment for Emergency Services; NFPA 1983, Standard on Life Safety Rope and Equipment for Emergency Services; and NFPA 1670, Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents.

    The 2022 edition of this standard includes a number of revisions to sections from all three of the documents from which it was created.

    For this first edition of NFPA 2500, Standard for Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents and Life Safety Rope and Equipment for Emergency Services, sections from NFPA 1983, Standard on Life Safety Rope and Equipment for Emergency Services, have been changed as follows:

    • Cleaning procedures have been added to the user information.
    • Melting requirements have been revised for fire escape rope, webbing, harnesses, and belts.
    • A requirement for escape anchors in escape and fire escape systems to be tested individually has been added.
    • Clarification regarding slippage and how it should be measured during static testing of belts, life safety harnesses, and victim extrication devices has been added.

    The revisions for the sections of the standard taken from NFPA 1858, Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Life Safety Rope and Equipment for Emergency Services, include the relocation of certain annex material.

    The material from NFPA 1670, Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents, has been changed to ensure alignment in the new document, as well as alignment with the newly published NFPA 1006, Standard for Technical Rescue Personnel Professional Qualifications.

    NFPA 2500, Standard for Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents and Life Safety Rope and Equipment for Emergency Services, is a one-stop shop when it comes to better ensuring the safety of operations at technical search and rescue incidents.

    Order your copy of NFPA 2500, Standard for Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents and Life Safety Rope and Equipment for Emergency Services, today to meet the minimum requirements for conducting operations at technical search and rescue incidents; to help ensure the correct design, performance, testing, and certification of life safety rope and equipment for emergency services; and to properly select, care for, and maintain the rope and associated equipment for emergency services personnel. (Print, 2022)

  • Table of Contents (2022 Current Edition)

    NFPA® 2500 Standard for Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents and Life Safety Rope and Equipment for Emergency Services, 2022 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 General Requirements (NFPA 1670)
    4.1 Administration.
    4.2 General.
    4.3 Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment.
    4.4 Incident Response Planning.
    4.5 Equipment.
    4.6 Safety.
    Chapter 5 Rope Rescue (NFPA 1670)
    5.1 General Requirements.
    5.2 Awareness Level.
    5.3 Operations Level.
    5.4 Technician Level.
    Chapter 6 Structural Collapse Search and Rescue (NFPA 1670)
    6.1 General Requirements.
    6.2 Awareness Level.
    6.3 Operations Level.
    6.4 Technician Level.
    Chapter 7 Confined Space Search and Rescue (NFPA 1670)
    7.1 General Requirements.
    7.2 Awareness Level.
    7.3 Operations Level.
    7.4 Technician Level.
    Chapter 8 Vehicle Search and Rescue (NFPA 1670)
    8.1 General Requirements.
    8.2 Awareness Level.
    8.3 Operations Level.
    8.4 Technician Level.
    Chapter 9 Animal Technical Rescue (NFPA 1670)
    9.1 General Requirements.
    9.2 Awareness Level.
    9.3 Operations Level.
    9.4 Technician Level.
    Chapter 10 Wilderness Search and Rescue (NFPA 1670)
    10.1 General Requirements.
    10.2 Awareness Level.
    10.3 Operations Level.
    10.4 Technician Level.
    Chapter 11 Trench Search and Rescue (NFPA 1670)
    11.1 General Requirements.
    11.2 Awareness Level.
    11.3 Operations Level.
    11.4 Technician Level.
    Chapter 12 Machinery Search and Rescue (NFPA 1670)
    12.1 General Requirements.
    12.2 Awareness Level.
    12.3 Operations Level.
    12.4 Technician Level.
    Chapter 13 Cave Search and Rescue (NFPA 1670)
    13.1 General Requirements.
    13.2 Awareness Level.
    13.3 Operations Level.
    13.4 Technician Level.
    Chapter 14 Mine and Tunnel Search and Rescue (NFPA 1670)
    14.1 General Requirements.
    14.2 Awareness Level.
    14.3 Operations Level.
    14.4 Technician Level.
    Chapter 15 Helicopter Search and Rescue (NFPA 1670)
    15.1 General Requirements.
    15.2 Awareness Level.
    15.3 Operations Level.
    15.4 Technician Level.
    Chapter 16 Surface Water Search and Rescue (NFPA 1670)
    16.1 General Requirements.
    16.2 Awareness Level.
    16.3 Operations Level.
    16.4 Technician Level.
    Chapter 17 Swiftwater Search and Rescue (NFPA 1670)
    17.1 General Requirements.
    17.2 Awareness Level.
    17.3 Operations Level.
    17.4 Technician Level.
    Chapter 18 Dive Search and Rescue (NFPA 1670)
    18.1 General Requirements.
    18.2 Awareness Level.
    18.3 Operations Level.
    18.4 Technician Level.
    Chapter 19 Ice Search and Rescue (NFPA 1670)
    19.1 General Requirements.
    19.2 Awareness Level.
    19.3 Operations Level.
    19.4 Technician Level.
    Chapter 20 Surf Search and Rescue (NFPA 1670)
    20.1 General Requirements. (Reserved)
    20.2 Awareness Level.
    20.3 Operations Level.
    20.4 Technician Level.
    Chapter 21 Watercraft Search and Rescue (NFPA 1670)
    21.1 General Requirements.
    21.2 Awareness Level.
    21.3 Operations Level.
    21.4 Technician Level.
    Chapter 22 Flood Search and Rescue (NFPA 1670)
    22.1 General Requirements.
    22.2 Awareness Level.
    22.3 Operations Level.
    22.4 Technician Level.
    Chapter 23 Tower Search and Rescue (NFPA 1670)
    23.1 Prerequisites.
    23.2 General Requirements.
    23.3 Awareness Level.
    23.4 Operations Level.
    23.5 Technician Level.
    Chapter 24 Certification (NFPA 1983)
    24.1 Administration.
    24.2 General.
    24.3 Certification Program.
    24.4 Inspection and Testing.
    24.5 Recertification.
    24.6 Manufacturer’s Quality Assurance Program.
    24.7 Hazards Involving Compliant Product.
    24.8 Manufacturers’ Investigation of Complaints and Returns.
    24.9 Manufacturers’ Safety Alert and Product Recall Systems.
    Chapter 25 Labeling and Information (NFPA 1983)
    25.1 Life Safety Rope.
    25.2 Escape Rope.
    25.3 Escape Webbing.
    25.4 Fire Escape Rope.
    25.5 Fire Escape Webbing.
    25.6 Throwlines.
    25.7 Moderate Elongation Laid Life-Saving Rope.
    25.8 Manufacturer-Supplied Eye Termination.
    25.9 Life Safety Harnesses.
    25.10 Belts.
    25.11 Victim Extrication Devices.
    25.12 End-to-End Straps.
    25.13 Multiple Configuration Straps.
    25.14 Belay Devices.
    25.15 Carabiners and Snap Links.
    25.16 Descent Control Devices.
    25.17 Escape Anchors.
    25.18 Litters.
    25.19 Portable Anchors.
    25.20 Pulleys.
    25.21 Rope Grabs and Ascending Devices.
    25.22 Other Auxiliary Equipment.
    25.23 Escape Systems.
    25.24 Fire Escape Systems.
    25.25 Manufactured Systems.
    Chapter 26 Design and Construction Requirements (NFPA 1983)
    26.1 Life Safety Rope.
    26.2 Escape Rope.
    26.3 Escape Webbing.
    26.4 Fire Escape Rope.
    26.5 Fire Escape Webbing.
    26.6 Throwlines.
    26.7 Moderate Elongation Laid Life-Saving Rope.
    26.8 Manufacturer-Supplied Eye Termination.
    26.9 Life Safety Harnesses.
    26.10 Belts.
    26.11 Victim Extrication Devices.
    26.12 End-to-End Straps.
    26.13 Multiple Configuration Straps.
    26.14 Belay Devices.
    26.15 Carabiners and Snap Links.
    26.16 Descent Control Devices.
    26.17 Escape Anchors.
    26.18 Litters.
    26.19 Portable Anchors.
    26.20 Pulleys.
    26.21 Rope Grabs and Ascending Devices.
    26.22 Other Auxiliary Equipment.
    26.23 Escape Systems.
    26.24 Fire Escape Systems.
    26.25 Manufactured Systems.
    Chapter 27 Performance Requirements (NFPA 1983)
    27.1 Life Safety Rope Performance Requirements.
    27.2 Escape Rope Performance Requirements.
    27.3 Escape Webbing Performance Requirements.
    27.4 Fire Escape Rope Performance Requirements.
    27.5 Fire Escape Webbing Performance Requirements.
    27.6 Throwline Performance Requirements.
    27.7 Moderate Elongation Laid Life-Saving Rope Performance Requirements.
    27.8 Manufacturer-Supplied Eye Termination Performance Requirements.
    27.9 Life Safety Harness Performance Requirements.
    27.10 Belt Performance Requirements.
    27.11 Victim Extrication Device Performance Requirements.
    27.12 End-to-End Strap Performance Requirements.
    27.13 Multiple Configuration Strap Performance Requirements.
    27.14 Belay Device Performance Requirements.
    27.15 Carabiner and Snap-Link Performance Requirements.
    27.16 Descent Control Device Performance Requirements.
    27.17 Escape Anchor Device Performance Requirements.
    27.18 Litter Performance Requirements.
    27.19 Portable Anchor Performance Requirements.
    27.20 Pulley Performance Requirements.
    27.21 Rope Grab and Ascending Device Performance Requirements.
    27.22 Other Auxiliary Equipment Performance Requirements.
    27.23 Escape System Performance Requirements.
    27.24 Fire Escape System Performance Requirements.
    27.25 Manufactured System Performance Requirements.
    Chapter 28 Test Methods (NFPA 1983)
    28.1 Sample Preparation Procedures.
    28.2 Rope Breaking and Elongation Test.
    28.3 Static Test.
    28.4 Drop Test.
    28.5 Carabiner and Snap-Link Tensile Test.
    28.6 Manner of Function Tensile Test.
    28.7 Breaking Strength Test.
    28.8 Corrosion Resistance Test.
    28.9 Floatability Test.
    28.10 Product Label Durability Test.
    28.11 Holding Test.
    28.12 Litter Strength Test.
    28.13 Payout Test.
    28.14 Escape Descent Control Device and Systems Drop Test.
    28.15 Elevated Temperature Rope Test.
    28.16 Flame Resistance Test.
    28.17 Heat Resistance Test.
    Chapter 29 Selection, Care, and Maintenance Program (NFPA 1858)
    29.1 Administration.
    29.2 General.
    29.3 Program Organization for Life Safety Rope and Equipment.
    29.4 Records.
    29.5 Manufacturer’s Instructions.
    29.6 Product Failure.
    Chapter 30 Selection (NFPA 1858)
    30.1 Selection and Purchase.
    30.2 Life Safety Rope.
    30.3 Escape and Fire Escape Rope.
    30.4 Life Safety Harness.
    30.5 Ladder Belts and Escape Belts.
    30.6 Carabiners.
    30.7 Rope Grabs and Ascenders.
    30.8 Throwlines.
    30.9 Descent Control Devices.
    30.10 Portable Anchors.
    30.11 Pulleys.
    30.12 Belay Devices.
    30.13 End-to-End and Multiple Configuration Straps.
    30.14 Litters.
    30.15 Manufactured Systems.
    30.16 Escape and Fire Escape Systems.
    30.17 Escape and Fire Escape Webbing.
    30.18 Escape Anchor Devices.
    30.19 Victim Extrication Device.
    30.20 Moderate Elongation Laid Life-Saving Rope.
    Chapter 31 Inspection (NFPA 1858)
    31.1 General.
    31.2 Inspection Procedures.
    Chapter 32 Cleaning and Decontamination (NFPA 1858)
    32.1 General.
    32.2 Cleaning.
    Chapter 33 Repair (NFPA 1858)
    33.1 General.
    33.2 Rope and Webbing.
    33.3 Other Equipment.
    Chapter 34 Storage (NFPA 1858)
    34.1 Storage of Life Safety Rope, Moderate Elongation Laid Life-Saving Rope, Escape Rope, Escape Webbing, Fire Escape Rope, Fire Escape Webbing, and Throwlines.
    34.2 Storage of Equipment.
    Chapter 35 Retirement and Disposition Procedures (NFPA 1858)
    35.1 Retirement of Life Safety Software Products.
    35.2 Disposition of Software Products.
    35.3 Retirement of Life Safety Hardware.
    35.4 Disposition of Hardware.
    Annex A Explanatory Material
    Annex B Sloping and Benching (NFPA 1670)
    Annex C Structural Types (NFPA 1670)
    Annex D External Resources (NFPA 1670)
    Annex E Hazards Found in Structural Collapse (NFPA 1670)
    Annex F Structural Marking Systems (NFPA 1670)
    Annex G Classification of Spaces by Types (NFPA 1670)
    Annex H Excavation Requirements and Soil Types (NFPA 1670)
    Annex I Building Collapse Patterns (NFPA 1670)
    Annex J Animal Rescue (NFPA 1670)
    Annex K Guide to Revised Chapter Order (NFPA 1983)
    Annex L Informational References
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