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Equipment SubGroup (ESG)

The Equipment SubGroup (ESG), the largest of the IAB SubGroups, addresses standardization and interoperability issues relating directly to protective, operational, and support equipment for emergency responders.
Mission

To develop, maintain, and update the Standardized Equipment List for equipment items; to address the standardization and interoperability of responder equipment items for preparedness, prevention, mitigation, response, and recovery operations based on anticipated hazards, risk assessments, and job functions; and to review and make recommendations for new equipment research and standardization, closely coordinating its efforts with those of the other IAB SubGroups.

Roles and Functions

The Equipment SubGroup (ESG), the largest of the IAB SubGroups, addresses standardization and interoperability issues relating directly to protective, operational, and support equipment for emergency responders. ESG responsibilities include the maintenance and periodic publication of the IAB Standardized Equipment List (including the designation of example products and identification/incorporation of new technologies); the development of equipment-driven priorities for R&D and standards development; and coordination with other SubGroups such as Training and Best Practices to ensure proper use of equipment in various mission environments.

William Haskell's picture
ESG Federal Co-Chair
William Haskell
Standards Coordinator
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health-National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NIOSH-NPPTL)
Steven Townsend's picture
ESG State & Local Co-Chair
Steven Townsend
Firefighter & Paramedic
Carrollton (TX) Fire Rescue