Study correlating firefighter crew size and rescue times highlighted in NFPA Journal

Blog Post created by freddurso Employee on May 24, 2013

Firefighter studyThe National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently released findings from a study pinpointing how firefighter crew sizes impact operations and safety in high-rise settings. Highlighted in the latest issue of NFPA Journal, the results shed light on a topic that has gained significant attention following budget cuts, staff shortages, and fire department closures.

The study's aim is to help guide future provisions in NFPA 1710, Organization and Deployment of Fire Suppression Operations, Emergency Medical Operations, and Special Operations to the Public by Career Fire Departments.

“NFPA 1710 technical committee members have been  limited to anecdotal info [on high-rise fires] in the past,” says NFPA  regional director Russ Sanders, a technical expert for the NIST study. “I  can’t overemphasize how important it is that this scientific  information is now available to the committee, which will closely  review, consider, and implement these lessons learned into this  standard."

Check out this story and others from the In A Flash section of the May/June issue of Journal.