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Jeffrey and Grace Stull

PPE Update

Jeffrey and Grace Stull are president and vice president, respectively, of International Personnel Protection, Inc. They are members of several NFPA committees on PPE as well as the ASTM International committee on protective clothing. Mr. Stull was formerly the convener for international work groups on heat/thermal protection and hazardous materials PPE as well as the lead U.S. delegate for International Standards Organization Technical Committee 94/Subcommittees on Protective Clothing and Firefighter PPE. They participate in the Interagency Board for Equipment Standardization and Interoperability and have authored the book, “PPE Made Easy.” Send questions or feedback to the Stulls via email.

Answering the most common questions, including how well Li-ion battery fire contaminants can be removed through PPE cleaning
How to apply these guides – and where they can be improved for increased use among firefighters
Overcoming complexities and learning how firefighters can impact PPE requirements
The next edition of NFPA 1851 may give detergent or cleaning agent suppliers a means to legitimately claim compliance with the standard
A review of hood changes over time, plus the likely outcomes from mandating particulate-blocking hoods
Detailing emerging issues of concern with respect to PPE programs, gear selection, cleaning and decontamination, verification for ISPs, and PPE retirement
How to use an ISP to navigate the implementation of your NFPA 1851 PPE program
Gain insight into the future of firefighting PPE standards with Jeff Stull as he answers FireRescue1 readers’ most pressing inquiries
Understanding the various factors that impact PPE service life – and why retirement rules aren’t so simple
Determining what gear can be reasonably expected to survive and for how long is still subject to interpretation