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.
CBRN Powered Air-Purifying Respirator (PAPR) (certified by NIOSH as compliant with CBRN approval criteria). Worn with multiple ensemble configurations.
Battery pack for item 01AR-03-PAPA.
CBRN Canisters for Item 01AR-03-PAPR. Note that NIOSH approves complete respirator systems, including specific canisters. Although CBRN canisters meet interchangeability requirements, this feature is for emergency use only. Only canisters identified as part of the approved PAPR configuration for routine use should be purchased. See the NIOSH NPPTL Certified Equipment List for details.
CS/CN Canisters for Item 01AR-03-PAPR. Note that NIOSH approves complete respirator systems, including specific canister(s). Only canisters identified as part of the approved PAPR configuration for routine use should be purchased.
Emergency medical powered air-purifying respirator (certified as compliant with NFPA 1999).
Wildland Fire Fighting Powered Air-Purifying Respirator (WFF-PAPR), certified by NIOSH as compliant with the WFF-PAPR performance requirements and certified as compliant to NFPA 1984 Standard on Respirators for Wildland Fire Fighting Operations. Depending on the respirator design, this item includes the respirator canister/cartridge component certified as complaint under the NIOSH Wildland Fire Fighting Air-Purifying Respirator approval and the NFPA 1984 standard.
CBRN Air-Purifying Escape Respirator (APER) designed for escape from hazardous environments, including carbon monoxide (certified by NIOSH as compliant with the CBRN approval criteria).
CBRN Air-Purifying Escape Respirator (APER) designed for escape from hazardous environments (certified by NIOSH as compliant with the CBRN approval criteria).
CBRN Self-Contained Escape Respirator (SCER) designed for escape from hazardous and oxygen-deficient environments (certified by NIOSH as compliant with the CBRN approval criteria).
Respiratory protection equipment that performs in multiple modes corresponding to various respirator types, such as a combination of Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) and Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR). Must be certified by NIOSH as a compliant combination respirator in accordance with 42 CFR 84. Each mode of operation must comply with the applicable NIOSH CBRN approval criteria. If no CBRN standard is established for a given mode of operation, the equipment must be certified in that mode under 42 CFR 84. Appropriate Cautions and Limitations of Use apply for each respirator type/mode of operation.
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.