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The Technical Committee on Hazardous Materials Response Personnel is seeking public input for a new, proposed standard, NFPA 1072 Standard on Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Emergency Response Professional Qualifications.

For the past several months the Technical Committee on Hazardous Materials Response Personnel has been working on the initial draft of NFPA 1072. The Standards Council approved the draft and has now posted it to the Doc Info Page for Public Input. The closing date for Public Input is January 5, 2015.

The Input Stage provides the opportunity for the public and others to assist the Technical Committee in developing a draft of a new or revised NFPA standard and for submitting new material for the public and the committee to consider. The Input Stage is a preliminary stage for assisting the committee in developing its draft and for raising issues for review and consideration. While the technical committee must review all public inputs and provide limited responses, the technical committee does not act to formally accept or reject public inputs and is not required to address all specific issues raised in the public input.

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To access the draft for Public Input navigate to Click on the hyperlink “The next edition of this standard is now open for Public Input (formerly proposals)” found at the top of the “About”, “Current & Prior Editions” or “Next Edition” Tabs. Complete the “Sign-In” information. If you have signed in before or have already received a password from NFPA you can proceed. If you need a password, click on the “Create a Profile” hyperlink. You don't have to be a member of NFPA to create a profile, or submit a public input. 

Please review the Instructions provided to assist you in submitting Public Inputs.      

The Technical Committee will review all Public Inputs at its First Draft Meeting tentatively scheduled for late February 2015. Refer to the Doc Info Page for meeting details as they become available. As a convenience to our guests, click on the “Alerts: Receive e-mail updates on this document”. When updates are made to the Doc Info Page you’ll receive email indicating that there has been a change or update. 

-Tom McGowan

Vision 2020NFPA's Standards Council has approved a request to establish a standard for Community Risk Assessments and Reduction plans. The standard will provide a process for jurisdictions to follow in developing and implementing a Community Risk Reduction plan, which helps identify a community risk profile and allocate resources to minimize risks. The standard, which was requested by the Vision 20/20 project, is expected to be done in the next two years. 

There is a growing interest in Community Risk Reduction in the U.S. For example, the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ (IAFC) strategic planning platform now recognizes the need for the fire service to embrace an integrated approach to community risk reduction.  The concept is part of the National Fire Academy curriculum and is supported by the Institution of Fire Engineers and a growing number of fire service leaders nationwide. 

Other NFPA standards make reference to Community Risk Reduction and one standard requires the fire prevention organization perform a Community Risk Reduction plan (see draft NFPA 1730, Standard on Organization and Deployment of Fire Prevention Inspection and Code Enforcement, Plan Review, Investigation, and Public Education Operations to the Public).

Recently, NFPA hosted the Urban Fire Forum, the annual gathering of 25 fire and emergency service leaders who are members of the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs, a membership section of the NFPA and the International Association of Fire Chiefs. The Forum endorsed a position statement on Fire and Smoke as a Weapon. This six page document contains background on why those who would harm citizens around the globe consider fire and smoke as weapons. More importantly, drawing on the collective experience of the Metro Chiefs and guidance from the US Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation, provides detailed information on planning, training, and operational needs when responding to such an event.



Members of the International Fire Marshals Association (IFMA) board, including President Steven Peavey, recently took part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Before dumping the ice on their heads, the board challenged the presidents of the 34 chapters of IFMA.



A 34-year-old man died of smoke inhalation in a fire that began when smoking materials that had been carelessly disposed of ignited in a bedroom of his single-family house.  Two other occupants of the house escaped.

The one-story, wood-frame, ranch-style home, which measured 62 feet (19 meters) by 24 feet ( 7 meters), had smoke alarms in the living room, hallway, and basement, but they were not operational.  There were no sprinklers.

A neighbor reported the fire at 5:52 a.m., and firefighters arrived nine minutes later to find flames coming from the roof at the rear of the house.  The two occupants who had escaped from the burning home could not account for the victim, and crews began an offensive attack to initiate a primary search.  Shortly after they did so, however, the incident commander removed them and the roof collapsed into the kitchen and a bedroom.

Once the fire was brought under control, crews reentered the house and found the victim in a bedroom at the end of a hallway just beyond the bedroom in which the fire began.  Investigators determined that the blaze started when carelessly disposed of smoking materials ignited a chair and or some clothing in the room while the house's occupants slept.  The victim's bedroom was located just beyond the room of origin and escape was possible only through a window.  Investigators said delayed detection was a contributing factor in his death.

The home, valued at $245,000, and its contents, valued at $70,000, were destroyed.  One of the survivors, a 62-year-old woman, suffered smoke inhalation injuries.

Fore more Firewatch incidents NFPA Journal. To learn more about smoke alarm safety NFPA's Fire Prevention Week help us sound the alarm that working smoke alarms save lives.  


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