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NFPA 921 Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations is now accepting public inputs (proposals) to the next edition. Deadline for submissions is January 5, 2015. To submit public inputs go to www.nfpa.org/921.
On September 16 and 17, 2014, the NFPA 1730 Technical Committee on Standard on Organization and Deployment of Fire Prevention Inspection and Code Enforcement, Plan Review, Investigation, and Public Education Operations to the Public, met in Green Bay, Wisconsin for the Second Draft Meeting of the annual 2015 cycle. Also on the agenda was the drafting of a proposed new document addressing Community Risk Assessment and Plan Development. The new document will have the primary responsibility for establishing a process to develop, conduct, implement and evaluate community risk assessment and reduction programs. To view the NFPA 1730 document go to www.nfpa.org/1730. Once at the document information page click on the "next edition" tab to follow the revision progress and review actions that have been taken.
NFPA 1401, Recommended Pratice 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 as ope for public input. The public input closing date is January 5, 2015. Click on the link above, then click on The next edition of this standard is now open for Public Input (formerly proposals). to submit your suggested changes.
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 open for public comment. Deadline for submitting comments is May 16, 2014.
The NFPA Standards Council considered the request of Jim Crawford of Vision 20/20 Project that NFPA establish a standard that helps departments follow the process steps for a Community Risk Reduction plan. The Community Risk Reduction (CRR) plan is the identification and prioritization of risks followed by the coordinated application of resources to minimize the probability or occurrence and/or the impact of unfortunate events. After review of all the material before it, the Council voted to publish a notice to solicit comments on the need for the project, information on resources on the subject matter, those interested in participating if established, and other organizations actively involved with the subject. Deadline for submitting comments is June 23, 2014.
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!