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You are all probably wondering what’s happening in the world of NFPA and Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS, or outside of the U.S.A. commonly referred to as UAV’s/Drones), especially since the request for a new standards project was approved at the August 2016 NFPA Standards Council meeting.


Wouldn’t it be nice to see what’s happening at NFPA, check out industry tools for emergency responders on sUAS, and even take a look at some stuff overseas, all at a glance? Well, see attached the NFPA sUAS Topic Handout just for you. Not just what NFPA is doing, but some really useful tools and information available through other organizations and groups.


Note the standard is still in draft development, subject to change and ballot of the full Technical Committee, and a full public review through NFPA’s Standards Development Process (once the draft is completed and approved by the NFPA Standards Council).


Stay tuned and fly safely.

At its April 4-5, 2017 meeting, the NFPA Standards Council approved a new standard for Facilities Safety Director Professional Qualifications and placed it in the Annual 2019 cycle.

The document covers the duties, requirements, and competencies required of facility safety directors for structures having an occupant load of greater than 500 in all occupancies except for industrial occupancies.


The closing date for submitting public inputs is July 28, 2017.


You can see the draft and submit your Public Inputs online by clicking here.

Treasure Island Naval Base Fire, San Francisco Bay, April 10, 1947

Pictured: Efforts to extinguish the fire at the Treasure Island Naval Base on April 10, 1947.


From the NFPA Quarterly v. 41, no. 1, 1947:

"This fire at the Treasure Island Navy Base, San Francisco Bay, April 10, 1947, destroyed buildings having a ground area of over 7 acres, all of wooden construction, without automatic sprinklers. Three fire walls did not extend through the roof, and fire doors were tied open. After delayed discovery, 54 fire companies from San Francisco and Oakland, plus 12 pieces of Navy fire apparatus, used 92 hose lines, but were powerless to prevent total loss."


For more information regarding this or other historic fires, please feel free to reach out to the NFPA Library

The NFPA Archives houses all of NFPA's publications, both current and historic. Library staff are available to answer reference questions from members and the general public.

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