NFIRS 5.0 Element: ‘Protective Equipment Item’

Definition : This block records information about the faulty protective equipment item that was a factor in the firefighter’s injury.
Purpose : This element provides more information on why the injury occurred and may help detect problems with equipment that could lead to future injuries.
Entry : Check or mark the box that best describes the piece of protective equipment that failed and contributed to the injury.

Element Specification

 Specification   Value 
Requirement Optional
Element Type Coded Field – The coded field relating to an entry in the code table. Most coded fields allow for Plus+ One codes. For these fields the expected length of the coded entry is depicted as (National length OR Plus+ One length). Only fields with this notation in the expected length column allow for Plus+ One definitions. If the user has not provided information, an empty field should be transmitted.


Here are the NFIRS codes for the ‘Protective Equipment Item’ element

Head or Face Protection

11 Helmet.
12 Full face protector.
13 Partial face protector.
14 Goggles/Eye protection.
15 Hood.
16 Ear protector.
17 Neck protector.
10 Head or face protection, other

Coat, Shirt, or Trousers

21 Protective coat.
22 Protective trousers.
23 Uniform shirt.
24 Uniform T-shirt.
25 Uniform trousers.
26 Uniform coat or jacket.
27 Coveralls.
28 Apron or gown.
20 Coat, shirt, or trousers, other.

Boots or Shoes

31 Knee-length boots with steel baseplate and steel toes.
32 Knee-length boots with steel toes only.
33 3/4-length boots with steel baseplate and steel toes.
34 3/4-length boots with steel toes only.
35 Boots without steel baseplate or steel toes.
36 Safety shoes with steel baseplate and steel toes.
37 Safety shoes with steel toes only.
38 Non-safety shoes.
30 Boots or shoes, other.

Respiratory Protection

41 Self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), demand, open circuit.
42 Self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), positive pressure, open circuit.
43 Self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), closed circuit.
44 Non-self-contained breathing apparatus.
45 Cartridge respirator.
46 Dust or particle mask.
40 Respiratory protection, other.

Hand Protection

51 Firefighter gloves with wristlets.
52 Firefighter gloves without wristlets.
53 Work gloves.
54 HazMat gloves.
55 Medical gloves.
50 Hand protection, other.

Special Equipment

61 Proximity suit for entry.
62 Proximity suit for non-entry.
63 Totally encapsulated, reusable chemical suit.
64 Totally encapsulated, disposable chemical suit.
65 Partially encapsulated, reusable chemical suit.
66 Partially encapsulated, disposable chemical suit.
67 Flash protection suit.
68 Flight or jump suit.
69 Brush suit.

Special Equipment Continued

71 Exposure suit.
72 Self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (SCUBA).
73 Life preserver.
74 Life belt or ladder belt.
75 Personal alert safety system (PASS).
76 Radio distress device.
77 Personal lighting.
78 Fire shelter or tent.
79 Vehicle safety belt.
70 Special equipment, other.
00 Protective equipment item, other.

Transactions containing ‘Protective Equipment Item’

The value of this element is captured by the following transaction :

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Last Updated on May 6, 2023