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NFPA 1710Jim Silvernail, a member of the NFPA 1710 technical committee, posted an article on Fire Engineering sharing  his experience as a TC member and explaining how he has taken his knowledge of 1710 and developed a text to assist departments in asessing their staffing levels against safety and efficiency. Jims article provides an insiders view, but recoginizes the real world application of 1710.

NFPA and the Technical Committee acknowledge 1710 provides perfomance metrics agencies can measure themselves against as well as recommended staffing levels. While achieving the staffing levels may not be possible, measuring perfomance is, and that information can inform communities about the level of risk they are accepting, on a personal and municipal level. In turn, budgetary decisions can be made with consideration of risk management, for the residents and fire fighters. Plans to reduce the risk can also be developed, costed, and presented for consideration.

Yes, NFPA 1710 does provide staffing recommendations, but it is much more then that. A tip of the helmet to Jim and all the members of 1710 for their work and dedication!

 Here is Jim's article; Am I a 1710 hypcrite?

Ken WilletteLooking for an interesting perspective on topics relevant to the first responder community? Check out the new column in NFPA Journal written by Ken Willette, NFPA's division manager for Public Fire Protection. Willette, who spent 35 years in the fire service, addresses the ever-evolving role of today's emergency responders and NFPA's role in improving responder safety. 

"Today’s responders must be prepared for all hazards and all manner of threats, and their response must be coordinated and unified," says Willette. "The response to the Boston Marathon bombings last year was proof that a unified command, and a unified approach to resource management, works."

Read more from Willette in the January/February edition of NFPA Journal. 

NFPA 921The new 2014 edition of NFPA 921 Guide For Fire and Explosion Investigation is available. NFPA 921 is the premier document in the world today that provides guidance and recommendations as to the proper methodology to follow and the science to apply to the investigation of fire and explosion incidents.

 The 2014 edition is the first NFPA Code or Standard document to be published in color. The Technical Committee Chairman Randy Watson has been working with the Committee and NFPA to incorporate color photographs into the document.  This will greatly enhance the effectiveness of the document, and no chapter will exemplify this change more than in fire patterns.  Now, the contrast and color changes will be much more clearly visible. 

A new chapter on Fire Protection Systems was also added that addresses key components, operational and installation parameters, data gathering and analysis of active fire protection systems. The chapter on Analyzing the Incident for Cause and Responsibility has been divided into two chapters and the classification of fire causes is in one chapter and the responsibility discussion is in a separate chapter.

There has been a lot of research and testing over the last few years on Electrical Arcing, as a result of this new research, the committee added information and photographs to better explain and demonstrate the concepts.

The PDF version of NFPA 921 is available now through the NFPA catalog and the hard copy of NFPA 921 will be available early to mid-February 2014.  

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Board of Directors appointed three new members to serve on NFPA’s Standards Council for a three-year term effective January 1, 2014: Kenneth E. Bush of Easton, MD, James R. Quiter of San Francisco, CA, and Chad E. Beebe of Lacey, WA.

Kenneth E. Bush, FSFPE, has served as a Senior Fire Protection Engineer with the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office since his graduation from the Fire Protection Engineering Program at the University of Maryland in 1976. He is largely responsible for the review of both construction and fire protection system plans, as well as the inspection of new and existing homes in seven eastern shore counties in Maryland. During his 37-year career, Bush has been a member of NFPA Life Safety Code® project since 1978, and numerous other NFPA technical committees and member sections. He also remains active in local fire service, serving as a contract instructor for both the National Fire Academy and Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute.

James R. Quiter has more than 30 years of experience as a fire engineer and is recognized as a leader in Fire Protection Engineering in North America and globally. He is currently the San Francisco Group Leader for Arup. His experience blends an excellent understanding of fire protection engineering and performance-based codes with wide recognition as an expert in the US codes and their applications. As a result of his active participation in the code-change process and participation on major projects throughout the world, Quiter is well renowned within the US and International code community. He has been a major participant in the US approach to performance – based codes. He chaired the NFPA 101 (Life Safety Code) Task Force that developed the performance-based design option that is now an integral part of the code. Currently, he is the Chair of the NFPA Building Code Correlating Committee and the NFPA High Rise Building Safety Advisory Committee. He was also Chair of the SFPE Task Group, which authored a Guide to Fire Protection in Very Tall Buildings. Quiter is also a member of the National Construction Safety Team Advisory Committee, a Fellow and a past President of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, and a Life member of NFPA. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology. Quiter is a registered Professional Engineer in 11 states and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Chad E. Beebe, along with being a registered architect, certified fire protection specialist, healthcare facility manager, and building official, has maintained several positions over the course of his career. From 1999 to 2001, Beebe served as the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) for the Washington State Department of Health, managing its construction review services program. He is currently director of codes and standards for the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) of the American Hospital Association. For his efforts, Beebe was awarded the ASHE’s Regional Leader Award, becoming the first AHJ to earn a leadership award from the American Hospital Association. He also serves on a number of national panels and committees that create regulations for the design and construction of health care facilities.

In addition to adding three new members, the Standards Council also appointed current member Kerry Bell of UL LLC as the new Council chair. Current Council members Richard Owen of Oakdale, MN, and Daniel O’Connor of Aon Fire Protection Engineering were each reappointed for three-year terms starting January 1, 2014, and also current member James Milke of the University of Maryland was appointed for a one-year extension, also beginning on January 1, 2014.

The NFPA Standards Council, a 13 member body appointed by the board of directors of NFPA, is charged with overseeing the NFPA standards development process. Generally, the duties of the Council include supervising activities related to NFPA standards development process, acting as administer of rules and regulations, and serving as an appeals body.

Remembering When
The NFPA 2014 Remembering When™:  A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults conference will be held June 4-6 in Las Vegas, right before NFPA's annual Conference & Expo. NFPA will award scholarships to teams from up to 25 communities to attend. These teams of two will be made up of representatives of fire departments and home visit agencies across the U.S. and Canada and will discuss best practices regarding outreach to older adults through group presentations and home visits. 

Each year, NFPA awards scholarships to establish partnerships between fire departments and home visit agencies for the implementation of Remembering When at the local level. To be considered for a scholarship award to attend this conference, submit an application no later than March 10. Teams who are awarded the scholarship will receive air travel, lodging at the Luxor, meals during the conference, and training all free of charge. The program now includes updated statistics and trivia questions, a modern look to appeal to younger, active seniors, and is also available as a free download.

Learn more about the Remembering When program and older adult statistics

NECAs described in NFPA 70®, National Electrical Code®, selective coordination is a design and application technique that coordinates protective devices (circuit breakers, for example) so that an overcurrent situation is limited to the smallest section of the circuit. While selective coordination is required in health care facilities, aspects of its requirement have been debated by certain NFPA committees.

In the latest edition of NFPA Journal, columnist Jeffrey Sargent highlights this debate among members of the NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities, Technical Committee on Electrical Systems and those in the NEC community.

"The new reality is that the NEC contains different requirements for electrical system coordination depending on occupancy type," says Sargent, NFPA's regional electrical code specialist. "The good news is that, with the advent of mandatory requirements on selective coordination, the industry is responding with new and better ways to accomplish the end result of a more reliable electrical system."

Get more details from Sargent in the January/February issue of Journal. 

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