Today’s Responder is focused on the needs of all first responders regardless of uniform or badge. This blog is produced by NFPA’s Public Fire Protection Division, staffed by fire fighters, paramedics, fire marshals, emergency managers and safety professionals. Together, they work on more than 90 NFPA documents, standards and guides ranging from personnel protective equipment and professional qualifications to emergency management and public safety communications centers.
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Fire Prevention Week 2014
Obesity is still a problem in the fire service.According to a recent study, at an even greater rate than the general public. This article highlights the problem and offers some suggestions to combat it.
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.
Tom Lia is executive director of the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board
Controlled burns are a useful tool for firefighting training and public awareness. They effectively teach the public about home fire dangers and the need for smoke alarms, escape planning, and home fire sprinkler systems.
This type of demonstration is a great example of how communities can make use of homes that are earmarked for demolition. Not only can fire departments use these homes for training and simulation, such as ventilation and rescue scenarios, but they can also use these structures for public demonstrations about the effectiveness and importance of home fire sprinklers.
For more information on these demonstrations, read the rest of this post by Tom Lia, executive director of the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board, at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.
The quiz will be offered from May 5th through June 12th, 2014 through www.nfpa.org/fireservicequiz or through the contest tab on NFPA's Facebook page. One sweepstakes entry will be given for a completed quiz through the Snapapp widget - regardless of score achieved.
On June 16th, 200 randomly selected winners will be announced. These winners will each receive a specially designed challenge coin commemorating this year’s International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week. Read the full contest rules.
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.
Understanding Unwanted Fire Alarms On May 3, 2011, the U.S. Fire Administration, NFPA, and the International Association of Fire Chiefs co-sponsored a national summit to initiate a dialogue on the issue of unwanted fire alarms. The summit identified a number of possible approaches to the issue, including a tool which can be used at the community level to assess risks, and cost/benefit of strategies to reduce these risks, including appropriate emergency response protocols, enforcement of inspection and maintenance requirements, community education, etc. This webinar will review the results of a research project that developed a template that can be used by local fire departments with local data (to the extent possible) when deciding among courses of action to deal with unwanted alarms. The tool uses a generic model, combined with local data when available and national data when necessary, to estimate costs, fire losses and other impacts of strategies.
Sponsored by:The Fire Protection Research Foundation with support from the following: Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, American Fire Sprinkler Association, Department of Homeland Security, Idaho National Laboratories, National Fire Protection Association, National Fire Sprinkler Association, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Property Insurance Research Group, SimplexGrinnell, The Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Co., Tyco Fire Protection Products, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Transportation (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), and Viking Corporation.
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.
NFPA is hosting a free webinar called Office Hours today at 2pm EST for all NFPA members. The topic for the webinar is the 2014 NFPA 921. The presenters will be Technical Committee Chairman Randy Watson and NFPA Staff Liaison Orlando P. Hernandez. The webinar will discuss the following points;
Issues surrounding 'Inappropriate Use of Process of Elimination'
Benefit of newly added color photography
Analyzing the incident for cause & responsibility
New Fire Protection Systems chapter in support of NFPA 1033: Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigations