Performing search and rescue operations on surface water, swift water, tidal water, surf, and ice poses a variety of risks to emergency workers. NFPA 1952, Standard on Surface Water Operations Protective Clothing and Equipment, provides criteria for reducing safety risks and health risks associated with exposure of personnel to in-water hazards and dangers related with climate and the adjacent area.
The standard offers requirements for the design, testing, certification, labeling, and performance of the following types of surface water protective clothing and equipment:
The 2021 edition is updated for easier use and consistency.
The revised NFPA 1952 delivers the most current provisions for providing limited protection from physical, environmental, thermal, and applicable chemical and biological hazards during surface water search and rescue operations or other surface water incident operations.
Changes to the 2021 edition include:
Help keep emergency workers safer by referencing the most complete and relevant criteria on protective clothing and equipment for surface water operations.