ARF900 – 8.00 Hours

Currently there are no scheduled classes for this course. However, in some cases a course can be scheduled to meet your organization’s specific needs. For more information about this course or to schedule a class, please contact Emergency Services Training Institute at (866) 878-8900 or to get the latest schedule.

Course Description

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1851 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Officer course combines interactive classroom sessions and demonstrations with hands-on evolutions to provide insight on the proper selection, maintenance, and tracking of firefighter personal protective ensembles. This course details how to properly inspect and track PPE, as well as the hazards of the gear itself due to improper cleaning and care. You will learn how to develop policies and procedures for establishing a department-wide tracking program for PPE.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course Completion Requirements

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

You must have basic knowledge of fire service PPE prior to participating in the hands-on training for this course.


  • Regular station duty wear for fire field activities
  • Office attire for classroom sessions.
  • You may not wear to any class or field activity
    • shorts
    • sleeveless shirts
    • open-toed shoes

Attendance Requirements

To meet attendance requirements, participants must review each training module and complete all required course assignments, activities, quizzes, and/or end of course exam.


We recommend that you complete the online training provided by your department’s PPE manufacturer.


  • Construction of the protective ensemble
  • Manufacturer’s recommended guidelines
  • Proper PPE selection
  • Components of the PPE construction process
  • How the hazards of firefighting affect PPE
  • How to establish a PPE-tracking program
  • PPE-legal aspects
  • Inspection of the protective ensemble
  • How to spot damage to PPE
  • Proper cleaning using the right extractor
  • How to test for damage to the protective ensemble

Suggested Audience

This course is designed for individuals who are responsible for selecting, maintaining, and tracking fire service PPE for their individual departments.

Other Information


  • Registration for this course must be done 30 days before class.
  • Classes are subject to cancellation 14 days before class if student participation is low. The student will have the option to attend the next scheduled class.
  • If registering with a purchase order, please use our Registration Form and fax it to (979) 458-0506.

Schedule ARFF Training at Your Facility

Contact Tim Sullivan.

Contact Information

Tim Sullivan

Training Manager
Phone: (979) 862-7475

Being in a small department with a small budget it is nice to know how to do some of the processes using inexpensive items.

— Forensic Technician
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