Last Thursday, a blog was posted highlighting a proposal in the upcoming edition of NFPA 1001, Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications. It stated that the proposal would require EMT certification for all career and volunteer firefighters. However, that information did not accurately reflect the Public Inputs that were sumbitted for NFPA 1001.
While edits were promptly made to the original post and on social media, we want to ensure that the correct and accurate information is clear to all vested parties:
Among other Public Inputs submitted for NFPA 1001, there were, in fact, proposals for EMS guidelines for career and volunteer firefighters. It is important to keep in mind that the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) continues to have the ability to develop and validate medical care performance capabilities and no proposals were submitted to change that. The Public Inputs that were submitted but rejected by the Technical Comitttee can be viewed on the Document Information pages, or by using the following link:
The Public Inputs are numbers 133 found starting on page 76 of the report and 134 starting on page 98.
Public Comments on these or any other Public Inputs submitted for the First Draft Meeting can be submitted through the document pages for consideration at the upcoming Second Draft Meeting on January 23, 2017. The closing date for submitting Public Comments for NFPA 1001 is November 17, 2016.
Again, I apologize for the inaccuracies in last week's blog and related social media posts, and for any confusion they caused. On a positive note, the high level of online dialogue and engagement this issue generated shows just how committed and passionate the fire service is around the work they do, and the powerful influence their voices collectively have. As we continue to promote specific issues around standards that directly impact firefighters on the job each and every day, we encourage everyone to continue making their voices heard.
Please remember that all NFPA codes and standards are developed through an open consensus process. All stages of the process can be viewed online, and we encourage the broadest participation among all interested parties. For more information on how our codes and standards are developed, take a look at "How the Process Works".