Responder column in the new NFPA Journal looks at the blurring lines between the fire service and law enforcement

Blog Post created by jesseroman Employee on Nov 17, 2015

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As the fire service is asked to respond to a larger variety of incidents, and the world changes and new threats arise, there has been a blurring of the once sharp line between fire service and law enforcement, writes Ken Willette, the division manager for public fire at NFPA. Willette’s new column, “The Thin Purple Line,” in the new November/December issue of NFPA Journal discusses why this is happening and how NFPA is responding with new and updated codes and standards to reflect this new reality.

“NFPA is ready and able to draw on its areas of proven expertise to assist law enforcement,” he wrote. “Where responders go, NFPA goes, strengthening that thin purple line.

Read Willette’s column in the new issue of NFPA Journal, and online at