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NFPA 1401, Recommended Practice for Fire Service Training Reports and Records, NFPA 1402, Guide to Building Fire Service Training Centers and NFPA 1403, Standard on Live Fire Training Evolutions are accepting electronic public inputs until January 5, 2015. Click on the links above to go to that documents doc/info page for more information or to submit public inputs.
NFPA 1936 is the standard to which powered rescue equipment is tested to assure the end user has safe tools to perform rescue operations.
Only manufacturers whose rescue tools have been certified to the rigorous requirements of NFPA 1936 can receive conformity documentation and adhere an NFPA compliance label.
NFPA 1936 is the only certification standard for rescue tools in North America. The standard specifies the minimum requirements for the design, performance, testing, and certification of powered rescue tool systems and the individual components of spreaders, rams, cutters, combination tools, power units, and power transmission cables, conduit, or hose.
Approved rescue tools to NPFA 1936 use NFPA standards that are developed through a consensus standards development process approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). This process brings together volunteers representing fire service personnel, insurance, special experts and industry professionals to achieve consensus on fire and other safety issues.
For rescue tools certified to NFPA 1936, product conformance verification is required to be performed by a product conformance verification organization, such as UL, SEI and TUV. The product conformance verification program requires manufacturers to establish and maintain a quality assurance program that meets the requirements of NFPA 1936. In addition, continued product conformance verification shall be maintained by a product conformance organization by means of random inspections.
For further information, and to read the entire document, please go to www.nfpa.org/1936.
The First Draft report for NFPA 1730, Standard on Organization and Deployment of Fire Prevention Inspection and Code Enforcement, Plan Review, Investigation, and Public Education Operations to the Public is posted at www.nfpa.org/1730. Deadline for submittal of Comments is May 16, 2014 (April 11 for paper) at 5pm Eastern. Please submit your comments by the deadline for the committee to act on at its second draft meeting.
So last week I had the opportunity to be in Washington D.C. as an attendee and as an exhibitor at the EMS Today, the JEMS Conference and Exposition. I have attended this conference and expo before but this was the first year that the NFPA as there as an exhibitor. And I must say that this was a very successful confernce and expo for the NFPA.
While we did have a booth as part of the expo I did manage to step away to attend some of the many educational sessions that were offered to the attendees. Some were very fitting as they addressed the need or direction of national ambulance standards. As you may or may not know the NFPA has NFPA 1917, Standard for Automotive ambulances which is currently in revision. Any information about the second edition can be found at NFPA 1917 and select the “next edition” tab. Some other educational sessions I attended, and there were are lot on this subject, were on Community Paramedicine (CP) and Mobile Integrated Healthcare (MIH) as these two topics are “hot button” issues right now for EMS due to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Now the NFPA EMS technical committee will be meeting in April of 2014 to address these very same topics due to a request for a new project on these subjects. Once the meeting information is confirmed you can find it at NFPA 450 and select the “next edition” tab.
Something else I also found very interesting, while I was attending to our booth on the expo floor, was the amount of foot traffic to the booth and some of the questions that were asked of me. The one I got most frequently was “Why is the NFPA at an EMS conference and expo”? My answer to that question is that the NFPA has almost 40 standards that are related to EMS, with the most recent one being NFPA 1917, Standard for Automotive Ambulances. Most people were surprised with that little fact of how many standards we have relating to EMS and the fact that many of them are not “fire centric”, meaning that they only apply to fire based EMS.
So all in all it was a great conference and expo and I am looking forward to next year’s EMS Today Conference and Expo. This year we managed to dodge the winter weather with just heavy rain, but it seemed that many were faced with heavy snow. The 2013 expo did see some snow but nothing we couldn’t handle. Let’s see what next year brings.
Oh one final note, come see the NFPA booth at EMS World Expo in Nashville, TN this November 9th-13th, 2014. Hope to see you there!
Talk about thinking outside of the box, pardon the pun, and
designing something that works best for the end user and the patient. Here is a
really neat article about a group of students from MIT who designed an
ambulance that meets their needs as providers to that they can provide the
highest and most efficient level of service to their patient’s as well as being
focused around safety.
With responder safety and the safety of the occupants inside
an ambulance being a focus point we are seeing marked changes what the inside
of an ambulance looks like. This article comes at a very interesting and
pivotal time, as it relates to the design, performance, and testing of
ambulances. I say this as NFPA 1917, Standard for Automotive Ambulances is
currently in revision and the technical committee responsible for the document recently
met to address almost 500 public inputs that are suggesting change to the 2013
edition of the document. The committee will be meeting again in December,
meeting information can be found here, to finish their work that will be
published as part of the first draft report. You can follow the progress of the
revision of the document here.
On another note, I do happen to have a connection to the
ambulance that was designed at MIT and I am hoping to get up to see it and get
some photos of it. So check back soon.
As you may or may not know our technical committees, those groups of individuals who are responsible for the development and revision of our standards, love to hear from the public. That is not to say that we don't like to as well, however since it is the committees that develop our standards they really want to hear it.If it were not for the input and comments from the public then there would be a vital piece missing from the development and revision of our standards. it is incredibly important that we hear it loud and clear from the public.
Now you might be asking yourself just how do you get involved in such a process. Or you might be saying to yourself why would the committee act on your input or comments or listen to your voice. Possibly even asking yourself if your voice or opinion would even be heard. What I have to say is that yes, the committees must listen to the voices of the public and those who submit input or comments on our standards. I can't stress just how important it is for the committees to hear from from the public.
With our newly revamped process it is incredibly easy to get involved in all of the steps of the revision process of our standards. Not only is our new process easy to get involved but it is also as transparent as it could possibly be and easy to follow all of the steps of the revision process.
That all being said, I challenge you to let the following committees hear it from you in the form of submitting public comments on the following NFPA documents:
All of those links will take to the doc info pages for each respective document allowing you to submit public comments on those document. You will have to log in, if you have an account, or create an account which is just so we can prove who the submitter is. The public has until November 15, 2013 to submit public comments on all of these documents.
I, along with these technical committees, look forward to hear from you in the form of public comments to all of these documents, based on the changes the committee has made during the First Draft stage.
Should you have any questions or need any assistance please don't hesitate to contact me.