Fire Brigades

Chapter 296-811, WAC

Effective Date: 03/01/06


WAC 296-811-400


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Your Responsibility

To provide brigade members with equipment and protective clothing appropriate for their brigade functions

Fire fighting equipment

Protective clothing

Respiratory protective devices


WAC 296-811-40005

Fire fighting equipment

You must

Table 2
Fire Brigade Equipment Inspection and Maintenance

    For this equipment Do the following
    All brigade fire fighting equipment.
    • Inspect at least every year.
    • Maintain in safe operating condition.
    • Replace if damaged or in unsafe condition.
    Brigade respirators and portable fire extinguishers. Inspect at least every month and after each use.

WAC 296-811-40010

Protective clothing

You must

  • Provide appropriate protective clothing for fire brigade members who do interior structural fire fighting. Make sure protective clothing is:
    • – Provided at no cost.
    • – Meets the requirements for foot, body, hand, eye, face, and head protection found in another chapter, Safety Standards for Fire Fighters,
      chapter 296-305 WAC.


    • Protective clothing requirements don’t apply to the following fire brigade members:
      • – Those who don’t perform interior structural fire fighting.
      • – Those who use only standpipe systems or portable fire extinguishers to control or put out fires that are in the incipient stage only.

WAC 296-811-40015

Self-contained breathing apparatus’ (SCBAs)

  • Provide SCBAs, other than escape self-contained breathing apparatus’ (ESCBAs), and make sure they are used by each fire brigade member who does interior structural fire fighting.
  • Make sure SCBAs do the following:
    • – Meet the requirements found in chapter chapter 296-842 WAC, Respirators.
    • – Are positive-pressure or pressure-demand type.
    • – Use only compressed-air cylinders that:
      • Meet Department of Transportation (DOT) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) requirements.
    • – Have a service life of at least 30 minutes, as required by 42 CFR, Part 84.
    • – Have an automatic alarm that can be heard when 75 to 80 percent of its service life has been used up.



    • An SCBA can have a quick-disconnect valve or “buddy breathing” accessory only if the valve or accessory does not do any of the following:
      • – Damage the SCBA.
      • – Restrict the SCBA’s air flow.
      • – Interfere with the SCBA’s normal operation.
      • – The “buddy breathing” accessory or quick-disconnect valve need not be certified by NIOSH.

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