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NFPA 1911, Standard for the Inspection, Maintenance, Testing and Retirement of In-Service Automotive Fire Apparatus, states that fire apparatus tires must be replaced every seven years. With the upcoming edition of the standard now in cycle, the NFPA 1911 Technical Committee is recommending that this requirement remain unchanged.

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Not everyone agrees.

Some factions have noted that fire departments use their apparatus to different degrees, and that the level of wear on tear on tires varies based on the type of community a fire department serves. For example, an urban fire department may use its fire apparatus every day, while a rural department may only use its apparatus a handful of times within a year, making the requirement excessive for some fire departments, and adequate or possibly even too lax for others.

The NFPA 1911 Technical Committee published its First Draft Report on Monday, September 7, and will be accepting Public Comments through November 7.

What are your thoughts? Do you think NFPA 1911 should continue to require that fire apparatus tires should be replaced every 7 years? If so, why? If you think the requirement should be modified, what changes would you recommend? What are your reasons for making such changes?

As part of our ongoing Standards in Action campaign, we encourage firefighters to weigh in on issues like this that directly impact you and your department. Providing your perspectives and input through our technical process can directly influence NFPA’s standards. So provide your Public Comments on NFPA 1911 today - Your Voice Matters!


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At approximately 1:00 a.m. on September 8, 1990, a fire occurred at a fraternity house in Berkeley, California.  The fire killed three students and injured two others.  Local fire investigators determined that the fire started when a couch in the assembly room was ignited with a butane lighter.  The couch then ignited other combustibles in the room and the fire quickly spread through the building.  Fire protection equipment included fire extinguishers, fire hose cabinets, local fire alarm system with bells and manual pull stations, and single station, battery-operated smoke detectors in a few sleeping rooms.

The following factors significantly contributed to the loss of life and property in this fire:

    • Open stairways

    • Combustible interior finished throughout the building

    • Lack of compartmentation and occupancy separation with fire-rated construction

    • Lack of fire safety training and drills


NFPA members can download the full investigation report  for free, and all site visitors can download a summary of the investigation in Spanish .  



21113The Second Draft Report for NFPA 211, Standard for Chimneys, Fireplaces, Vents, and Solid Fuel-Burning Appliances, is now available. NFPA 211 is in the Fall 2015 revision cycle but the Second Draft Report was delayed due to balloting.

As such, a revised deadline to submit a Notice of Intent to Make a Motion on this document is October 3, 2015.

The First Draft Reports for NFPA documents in the Fall 2016 revision cycle are now available.  Review the First Draft Reports for use as background in the submission of public comments. The deadline to submit a public comment on any of these documents is November 16, 2015. Some of the proposed NFPA documents with First Draft Reports in the Fall 2016 revision cycle are as follows:

  • NFPA 10, Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers
  • NFPA 17, Standard for Dry Chemical Extinguishing Systems
  • NFPA 18, Standard on Wetting Agents
  • NFPA 56, Standard for Fire and Explosion Prevention During Cleaning and Purging of Flammable Gas Piping Systems
  • NFPA 96, Standard for Ventilation Control and Fire Protection of Commercial Cooking Operations
  • NFPA 288, Standard Methods of Fire Tests of Horizontal Fire Door Assemblies Installed in Horizontal Fire Resistance-Rated Assemblies
  • NFPA 921, Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations
  • NFPA 1072, Standard for Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Emergency Response Personnel Professional Qualifications
  • NFPA 1616, Standard for Mass Evacuation and Sheltering
  • NFPA 1670, Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents
  • NFPA 1986, Standard on Respiratory Protection Equipment for Technical and Tactical Operations
  • NFPA 1992, Standard on Liquid Splash-Protective Ensembles and Clothing for Hazardous Materials Emergencies

See the full list of documents in the Fall 2016 revision cycle.

The First Draft Report serves as documentation of the Input Stage and is published for public review and comment. The First Draft Report contains a compilation of the First Draft of the NFPA Standard, First Revisions, Public Input, Committee Input, Committee Statements, and Ballot Results and Statements. Where applicable, the First Draft Report also contains First Correlating Revisions, Correlating Notes, and Correlating Input.


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The Bringing Safety Home Award honors members of the fire service and other sprinkler advocates who use HFSC and Fire Sprinkler Initiative resources as a key component in educating decision-makers on fire sprinklers and convincing them to support sprinkler requirements at the local, state, or province level.

The award recipient will be honored at NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative Summit, October 13-14, 2015, in Phoenix. NFPA will cover the recipient’s travel and lodging expenses for the trip.


Download the nominee application form from the Fire Sprinkler Initiative website and submit it to by Thursday, September 10, 2015. 

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How smart is the general public about smoke alarms? That’s what we wanted to find out!

In support of this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep: Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm”, we sent Sparky the Fire Dog® out on the street to ask people basic questions about smoke alarms.

In this “Smoke Alarm Smarts” video - the first in a series of four - see what people know (and don’t) about smoke alarms. This clip addresses how often smoke alarms should be tested; the upcoming videos will be posted weekly in anticipation of Fire Prevention Week, October 4-10, 2015, each focusing on a specific smoke alarm message. 

Don’t be shy about using these videos! Share them on your social media platforms, post them on your website, or wherever you think you’ll reach the most people with their smoke alarm messages.

For more information on Fire Prevention Week or to find a wealth of resources for promoting the campaign in your community, visit






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A fire in a ninth-floor room of this 11-story high-rise hotel on September 8, 1974 destroyed the room and eventually involved the nearby elevator lobby on that floor.  A motel employee who attempted to extinguish the fire was killed.  Of significance in this fire was the delayed alarm and the failure of certain fire protection devices.  The equipment that did not perform properly were doors for the exit stairway, doors to guest rooms, standpipe system, and dampers in bathroom exhaust ducts.


For more information on this hotel fire&#0160;download this January 1975 Fire Journal article&#0160;To read Fire Analysis and Research statistical information on&#0160;High-Rise Building Fires</p>



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