At its April 2015 meeting, the NFPA Standards Council approved a new Technical Committee on Building Fire & Life Safety Directors. This committee is charged with the development of national standards relating to facility emergency action plans and criteria for building fire and life safety directors. The committee’s scope is:
“This committee shall have primary responsibility for documents related to the duties, requirements, and competencies required of Building Fire and Life Safety Directors. This committee shall also have primary responsibility for the establishment of minimum requirements for emergency action plans addressing all-hazard emergencies within occupied structures having an occupant load of greater than 500."
+ This committee shall not have responsibility of such qualifications, roles, responsibilities, or emergency action plans within industrial occupancies.+
Its first project is to develop a standard that shall establish the duties, requirements, and competencies for building fire and life safety directors related to all-hazard emergencies in structures having occupant load of greater than 500.”
The committee held its first hybrid (web/conference call) meeting on December 10, 2015 and is beginning to collect materials and information with which to develop a strategy and an outline for its work plan in order to logically and systematically go about creating a draft document or documents to properly address the large scope of this project. Watch for further news in the coming months.
The Committee currently has twelve (12) principal members and two (2) alternates. This will be a very large and important project and we'd like to see a full committee of thirty (30) members and thirty (30) alternates. Applications for membership can be completed online at: