In his October 2013 Fire Engineering editorial, Chief Bobby Halton talks about the power of words and the value of NFPA Standards. Chief Halton writes that despite inaccurate perceptions regarding the embracing of new technology and methods, the American fire service is actually in the forefront when it comes to adapting and responding to changes in technology and society. As examples, Chief Halton refers to the 2013 editions of NFPA 1981, Standard on Open-Circuit Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) for Emergency Services, and NFPA 1852, Selection, Care and Maintenance of Open-Circuit Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA). These standards, developed with the assistance of the fire service, feature changes that reflect what is actually happening in the fire environment. As the Chief writes, "We are adapting the technology to the way we work and where we work."
To read the complete editorial, please see page 6 of theOctober 2013 edition of Fire Engineering.
- By NFPA's Dave Trebisacci