Structural PPE Safety and Training
Chapter 6: Proper Fit and Overlap
Why is it a good idea it check the fit of your PPE even if you have had it for a length of time?
Gear shrinks when it is wet and exposed to high temperatures
Gear shrinks when it is cleaned
A person's size and body shape changes over time
All of the above
What is the required overlap between your coat and pant when standing in full ensemble and reaching your hands over your head as high as possible?
The inner liner of your coat must overlap the top of your pant by no less than 4"
The inner liner of your coat must overlap the top of your pant by no less than 2"
The bottom hem of your coat must overlap the top of your pant by no less than 2"
The bottom hem of your coat must overlap the inner liner of your pant by 2"
How much overlap is required between your pants and boots?
The lower edge of your pants must overlap the top of your boots by 4-6"
The inner liner of your pants must overlap the top of your boots by 4-6"
The inner liner of your pants must overlap the top of your boots by 2-4"
The lower edge of your pants must overlap the top of your boots by 2-4"
The bottom of your pant cuff should be how far from the floor?
No specific measurement, but you should not be able to step on the cuff
Gloves and the wristlets on your coat should overlap by how much?
By 3", additionally there should be no gaps
By 4", additionally there should be no gaps
By 3" for gloves with wristlets and 2" for gloves with gauntlets; neither should allow a gap
No specific measurements, however there should be no gaps
Why should coats and pants be adequately loose?
To ensure there is enough fabric to bunch at the shoulders creating more insulation
To ensure there is enough room for your cell phone pouch, decorative belt buckle and other personal items
To ensure insulated air spaces are maintained
None of the above
Why should coats and pants not be too loose?
It could cause binding at the shoulders, arms, thighs and crotch
It could hinder mobility or dexterity and place stress at the wrong places
It creates too much air space and air is a good conductor of heat
Wearing loose coats and pants isn't the "look" preferred by most fire fighters
What should you do if the DRD in the coat feels like it is binding or constricting your arms or torso?
The DRD is a safety feature that has not been designed for comfort; therefore binding and constricting is normal
Ask your officer in charge to request another coat, since it is obvious that your coat has a manufacturing flaw
Remove your coat. Check the DRD to make sure it is installed correctly and the webbing isn't twisted. Adjust the DRD and recheck the fit.
Remove the DRD. The DRD is safety feature adopted by some manufacturers, but it is not a requirement of NFPA 1971
How should you determine whether your boots fit properly?
The toe of the boot should extend one inch longer than your foot and there should be no movement in the heel
Your longest toe should rest comfortably against the tip of the boot toe
The toe of the boot should extend one inch longer than your foot
Comfortable, toes lay flat and not too much movement in heel
How are most adjustments made on structural fire fighting helmets?
With the suspension system adjustments
With the ratchet
With the chin strap
By placing a towel or hood between the suspension system and impact cap; this also provides more insulation
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