National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Harness – Chest, Fire Shelter

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Initial Inspection/Disposal Criteria

  1. Inspect for cuts, tears, frayed, or burned areas on webbing and harness material. Inspect for any area of abrasion that has weakened the webbing beyond repair. Inspect all plastic hardware for proper function, cracks, breaks, or missing components.
  2. Return to stock if item shown no sign of use or damage.
  3. Refurbish if holes, cuts, tears or burns are easily repaired, broken or missing components are replaceable, and if repairs are economically feasible.
  4. Dispose of item if excessive wear or damage is found and it is not economically feasible to return item to a like new condition.

Refurbishing Procedures


  1. Allow any mud or loose dirt to dry, and remove using a stiff-bristle brush. If stains remain, wash as recommended below.
  2. Remove light oil and dirt stains by brushing with a solution of warm water and a mild detergent, rinse thoroughly, and hang to dry. “Mild detergents” includes most home laundry detergents that contain no chlorine bleach or added scents.
  3. For heavier oil or grease, soak in water-soluble biodegradable degreaser for at least 30 minutes, brush with a bristle brush, rinse thoroughly, and hang to dry.
  4. If machine washing, use only cold water on a gentle cycle and air dry.
  5. Where no other method is cleaning the fabric, wash with pressure washer set at wide fan, warm water, and only allow nozzle close enough as necessary for cleaning, the further away the better for the fabric. DO NOT MACHINE DRY. DO NOT USE BLEACH.

B. Repair

  1. Repair holes, cuts, tears, and/or burns; if economically feasible.
  2. Replace damaged hardware.

C. Testing for performance

  • Test hardware by fastening and unfastening. The hardware should function easily with little applied force and without difficulty in opening and closing.

D. Repackaging

  • Local cache option.


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