Firefighters cannot afford to gamble on the reliability of their equipment. UL offers services that test and certify the performance and safety of fire apparatuses, automotive systems and devices, ground ladders and accessories to NFPA Standards.

Our comprehensive services include factory equipment certifications, in-service testing for jurisdictions, a vehicle inspection program, and air-rescue and firefighting vehicle (ARFF) certifications. In addition, UL provides third-party testing and certification services for new ambulance vehicles.

UL remains committed to the advancement of safety and can provide technical expertise, testing and certification for apparatus prototypes and fire safety innovations.

UL’s vehicle inspection program helps apparatus manufacturers demonstrate that their fire apparatus meets all applicable NFPA 1901 requirements. Fire departments typically include a clause in their bid specifications requiring compliance with NFPA 1901, Standard for Automotive Fire Apparatus, when they purchase a new fire apparatus. This standard requires that the entity responsible for the final assembly of the apparatus delivers a certificate demonstrating full compliance. Alternatively, a statement of exceptions can be provided that specifically describes each aspect of the completed apparatus that is not in full compliance with NFPA 1901.

UL is accredited by the International Accreditation Services for inspecting and testing systems on fire apparatuses in accordance with ISO/IEC 17020. UL, the most recognized third-party testing organization in fire service, has been testing fire department apparatuses, equipment and ladders for more than 40 years. Our understanding of how to properly apply NFPA 1901 requirements is extensive and unmatched, and we apply that knowledge to all of our fire equipment testing, acting as a single integrated service provider for customers.

UL offers on-site service testing and inspections to help fire departments demonstrate compliance with NFPA 1911 Chapter 21 for pumps, NFPA 1911 Chapter 22 for aerial apparatuses, and NFPA 1932 for ground ladders.

UL’s ARFF program includes in-service tests to determine compliance with NFPA 414. The program includes comprehensive tests designed to determine that a vehicle is still operating at the same performance levels demonstrated at the time of manufacture.

To serve the scheduling needs of our customers, we maintain calibrated test equipment for all applicable NFPA requirements and have dedicated UL service vans strategically placed throughout the United States. Furthermore, our automated reporting tool provides itemized reporting on all aspects of tests, delivering results within 24 hours of completion.