Authorized Equipment List
The Authorized Equipment List (AEL) is a list of approved equipment types allowed under FEMA’s preparedness grant programs. The intended audience of this tool is emergency managers, first responders, and other homeland security professionals. The list consists of 21 equipment categories divided into categories, sub-categories and then individual equipment items. NOTE: There are no commercially available products listed; it only consists of equipment types.
A positive-pressure respiratory protective device that delivers air to the wearer via an "air-line" connected to a remote breathable air source. SAR must be certified by NIOSH, and can be worn with multiple ensemble configurations.
CBRN SCBA - Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus certified as compliant with NFPA 1981 and certified by NIOSH as compliant with the CBRN approval criteria. Worn with multiple ensemble configurations.
Spare SCBA Cylinders and valve assemblies, and service/repair kits for item 01AR-01-SCBA. Cylinders and parts/assemblies must be purchased from the SCBA manufacturer or a source authorized by the manufacturer to ensure that the NIOSH CBRN approval of the SCBA remains valid.
Retrofit/upgrade kit for existing Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus to bring the unit into CBRN compliance. Kit must bring apparatus into compliance with NFPA 1981 and the NIOSH CBRN approval criteria.
CBRN SCBA - Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus certified as compliant with NFPA 1986 Standard on Respiratory Protection Equipment for Tactical and Technical Operations and certified by NIOSH as compliant with the CBRN approval criteria. This type of open-circuit SCBA and combination SCBA/SARs can be used by emergency services organizations for respiratory protection during tactical law enforcement, technical rescue, hazardous materials response, confined space entry, terrorist incident response, and similar operations where oxygen deficiency, particulates, toxic products, products of combustion, or other IDLH atmospheres exist or could exist at the incident scene. This type of SCBA/SAR is not suitable for fire-fighting operations (See 01AR-01-SCBA for fire-fighting SCBA). Worn with multiple ensemble configurations.
Full-Facepiece Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus that recirculates the breathing air through the apparatus and purifies it, removing carbon dioxide and adding fresh oxygen. The wearer is supplied with air that has been oxygen enriched.
CBRN Air-Purifying Respirator (APR) (certified by NIOSH as compliant with the CBRN approval criteria). Worn with multiple ensemble configurations.
CBRN canisters for Item 01AR-02-APR.
CS/CN canisters for Item 01AR-02-APR. Note that NIOSH approves complete respirator systems, including specific canister(s). Only canisters identified as part of the approved APR configuration should be purchased. See the NIOSH NPPTL Certified Equipment List for details.
Wildland Fire Fighting Air-Purifying Respirator (WFF-APR), Certified by NIOSH as compliant with the WFF-APR performance requirements and certified as compliant to NFPA 1984 Standard on Respirators for Wildland Fire Fighting Operations. Depending on the respirator design, this item may include the respirator canister/cartridge component certified as complaint under the NIOSH Wildland Fire Fighting Air-Purifying Respirator approval and the NFPA 1984 standard.
About the Standardized Equipment List
- The Interagency Board provides subject matter expertise on equipment used by first responders and other emergency management professionals.
- The Interagency Board maintains the Standardized Equipment List (SEL) which has most of the equipment types listed on the Authorized Equipment List.
- The numbering scheme for individual items on the Authorized Equipment List provides direct cross-referencing with the Standardized Equipment List.
- The Standardized Equipment List has relevant standards, training requirements and operating considerations for many of the equipment items.
- A link to the Standardized Equipment List will appear on each equipment item page.
About the System Assessment and Validation for Emergency Responders
- The System Assessment and Validation for Emergency Responders (SAVER) program produces market survey reports which provide operating information on individual commercially available items.
- Most equipment items have reports.
- The program site uses the same item numbers as the Authorized Equipment List and a link to their site will appear on each equipment item page.
- NOTE: They do not endorse any particular products or vendors.
FEMA is solely responsible for the content of the Authorized Equipment List. Reference herein to any specific commercial products, processes or services by trade name, trademark, manufacturer or otherwise does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government. Neither the United States Government nor any of its employees make any warranty, express or implied, including but not limited to the warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose by any specific commercial product, process or service referenced herein.