New NFPA Journal column looks at 'How fast is fast enough' when it comes to fire department response times

Blog Post created by jesseroman Employee on Sep 10, 2015

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NFPA 1710, Organization and Deployment of Fire Suppression Operations, Emergency Medicals Operations, and Special Operations to the Public by Career Fire Departments, requires specific times for the response of fire and emergency services. But, according to NFPA's Division Manager for Public Fire Ken Willette, some fire departments have recently been criticized by local media and public officials for how they interpret these requirements.

In Willette’s recent column in the new September/October issue of NFPA Journal, “How Fast is Fast Enough,” he sheds some light on the requirement, why it matters and how it should be followed.

“Draft a fire department organizational statement, be transparent if you modify your travel-time objectives, address any gaps posed by the increased times, and share all of it with the public early and often—not just at budget time,” he writes.

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