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Wildland Firefighter Respirator Standard - FY12

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  • Develop new certification standards for the approval of respirators for wildland fire fighting operations.
Photos of Wildland Firefighters

Applicable Standards

  • 42 CFR 84

Key Partners

  • NFPA
  • US Forest Service


  • Wildland Fire Fighters
  • Respirator Manufacturers
Wildland Firefighters

Project Scope

  • Adopt NFPA 1984 Standard and coordinate with NIOSH Performance Requirements which consists of:
    • Heat Resistance
    • Flame Resistance
    • Durability Test Methods
    • Low Breathing Resistance
    • Protection against carbon monoxide, organic vapors, formaldehyde, acrolein, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen dioxide
    • High particulate filtering effecieincy


  • NFPA Standard has been published Mar 2011
  • NIOSH STPs complete 3Q 2012
  • Joint Certification Program Announcement with SEI 3Q 2012


  • New certification standards for wildland fire fighting respirators.
  • New STPs


  • Establish minimum levels of respiratory protection for personnel assigned to or involved in wildland fire fighting incident operations.
Page last updated: April 17, 2012
Page last reviewed: April 17, 2012
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
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