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The NFPA Standards Council is seeking public opinion on a proposed reorganization of the Technical Committee on Forest and Rural Fire Protection (FRU-AAA).  The committee submitted a request to the Standards Council at its October 2013 meeting to reorganize into two new technical committees with more well-defined scopes.  The newly proposed committees would separate the current document workload, increase the number of wildland fire protection experts involved, and increase the capacity for taking on new projects.  In addition to the proposed reorganization, FRU-AAA has revised its current scope and, in conjunction with the Technical Committee on Water Additives for Fire Control and Vapor Mitigation (WAB-AAA), passed responsibility of NFPA 1150, Standard on Foam Chemicals for Fires in Class A Fuels, to WAB-AAA.    

The proposed reorganization of FRU-AAA would result in the following two new committees and corresponding document assignments:

Technical Committee on Wildland and Rural Fire Protection

Scope:  This committee shall have the primary responsibility for documents on fire protection in wildland, rural, and suburban areas.

Responsibilities:

• NFPA 1141, Standard for Fire Protection Infrastructure for Land Development in Wildland, Rural, and Suburban Areas

• NFPA 1142, Standard for Water Supplies for Suburban and Rural Firefighting

• NFPA 1144, Standard for Reducing Structure Ignition Hazards from Wildland Fire

Technical Committee on Wildland Fire Management

Scope:  This committee shall have the primary responsibility for documents on wildland fire management.

Responsibilities:

• NFPA 1143, Standard for Wildland Fire Management

• NFPA 1145, Guide for the Use of Class A Foams in Manual Structural Fire Fighting

 The Standards Council will make a final ruling on the proposed  reorganization at its March 2014 meeting, once Public Comments have been reviewed. Anyone interested in commenting on the reorganization is invited to do so in writing. E-mail or mail your comments to: Codes and Standards Administration, NFPA, 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02169-7471 by January 20, 2014. In the meantime, NFPA is looking for individuals who are interested in serving on these proposed committees. If you wish to participate on one of these Committees if the reorganization is approved, please go to WRP-AAA for the proposed Wildland and Rural Fire Protection Committee and WFM-AAA for the proposed Wildland Fire Management Committee and fill out the online application. Please note: You will be asked to sign-in or create a free online account with NFPA before using this application system.

 -Ryan Depew

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