Questions on PPE and SOG's
I'm doing research regarding some issues that have risen up at a local volunteer hall. I've scoured the internet and found some answers, but I figured I'd go straight to the source and see how things are done across the country with regards to PPE and SOG's. Here are my questions:
1. What's your department's rules for PPE mandatory retirement? NFPA 1851 specifies 10 years for all structural and proximity gear.
2. Does your unit do annual advanced inspections of PPE [ie hot service test]? Do they send it out, or is it done on location by someone at the department?
3. In your SOG's, do you guys have strict lines of communication guidelines? Are you allowed to speak about departmental issues outside of your department? For example, approach a member of the local government about issues [such as PPE not being up to standards, etc.]?
4. Do your SOG's cover suspensions, and termination? What is the procedure for each - if any - in terms of recourse.