Fire chiefs from the United States, Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom participated in NFPA's Urban Fire Forum (UFF) last week. Special guests at the Forum included Germany’s Technisches Hilswerk Federal Agency for Technical Relief President and CFO Albrecht Broemme; United Kingdom Fire & Rescue Advisor CFO Peter Holland; Chief Fire Officers Association of the UK (CFOA) President CFO Dave Etheridge; and International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) CEO and Executive Director Chief Mark Light.
The group endorsed three important documents as official UFF-Metro Chiefs position papers:
- Civil Unrest White Paper (PDF) and Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) (PDF)
- Behavioral Health Programs and Policies (PDF)
- Fire Service Application for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) (PDF)
Today’s firefighters respond to a broad range of emergencies and catastrophic events that have become commonplace in the United States and throughout the world. To adequately handle these crises, fire chiefs must understand and embrace the latest research, and have access to quality and timely data. The position papers endorsed by the Forum provide the information and resources needed to effectively address the challenges facing today’s fire service. The timeliness of the Civil Unrest White Paper and SOP in particular, is helpful as it can be used as a comprehensive resource for responding to incidents like the civil unrest that has occurred in cities across the U.S. over the past several months.