Respiratory Protection for Fire and Emergency Servicesis divided into two sections: the first dealing with administrative topics and the second with operational topics. While all of the information is needed for a comprehensive understanding of respiratory protection, the first section may be of greater value to personnel who must deal with selecting, purchasing, and maintaining respiratory protection in addition to facepiece fit testing. The operational section is directed toward the operational use, maintenance, and wearing of respiratory protection, along with emergency scene topics that interest the emergency responder.
Fire and emergency services organizations (public or private) must have an established respiratory protection program, including guidelines for use, maintenance, facepiece fit testing, and training. It is the intent of this manual to provide the necessary direction for such organizations in meeting the requirements for a respiratory protection program.