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Last year, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) officially adopted the 2012 editions of NFPA 101®: Life Safety Code® and NFPA 99: Health Care Facilities Code.

In addition, CMS also developed a series of Fire Safety Survey forms for the facility or the survey team to use when implementing the new adoption within their healthcare facility. These CMS forms will help them to identify potential deficiencies.

For ease and efficiency, the NFPA created an interactive version of the CMS2786R Fire Safety Survey Report. Utilizing the NFPA Interactive CMS 2786R, Fire Safety Survey Report, facility managers and / or surveyors can cross-reference applicable provisions with direct access to the full 2012 editions of NFPA 99: Health Care Facilities Code and NFPA 101: Life Safety Code.

With this dynamic tool a facility manager and / or surveyor can instantly call up same information found on the CMS form used by CMS and state officials, along with code content from NFPA 101 and NFPA 99 as reference within the K-tag summary field.

The NFPA Interactive CMS 2786R, Fire Safety Survey is a must for facility managers, and is available as PDF on computer or mobile devices. Quickly edit and validate data on the fly.

And with its unique ability to instantly call up same the information found on the CMS form used by CMS and state officials as well as code content from NFPA 101 and NFPA 99 as referenced within the K-tag summary field, the NFPA Interactive CMS 2786R, Fire Safety Survey Report is a must for facility managers.

Check out this new dynamic tool, brought to you by the NFPA here:

http://catalog.nfpa.org/The-NFPA-Interactive-CMS-2786R-Fire-Safety-Survey-Report-P17768.aspx

The following proposed Tentative Interim Amendment  (TIA) for NFPA 1582, Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire Departments, is being published for public review and comment:

 

 

Anyone may submit a comment on this proposed TIA by the August 17, 2017 closing date. Along with your comment, please identify the number of the TIA and forward to the Secretary, Standards Council by the closing date.

A few weeks ago, we received an inquiry in the Research, Data and Analytics Division for data on the number of fires in U.S. fire stations.  The request originated with a reporter, who may have been inspired to follow up on a recent news report of a fire at a volunteer fire station in Missouri that destroyed the building and the department’s three vehicles.  In any case, it wasn’t a question I’d encountered before or given much thought to, but it was certainly a reasonable question and merited running the numbers. 

 

So what did we learn?

 

Using data from the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) and the NFPA Fire Experience survey, we estimate that between 2010 and 2014, there were an average of 100 structure fires at U.S. fire departments each year, with direct property damage each year estimated at $2.5 million.  There were no fatalities resulting from these fires.  The data also indicate that there were another 170 vehicle fires at fire stations each year over the same time period, with an annual average of $2.1 million in direct property damage and one civilian injury associated with these fires.  It’s worth noting that the vehicles on fire station grounds could include personal as well as official vehicles. 

 

One-third of the fire station structure fires (32% of total) originated in a kitchen or cooking area.   This is often the case with occupancies that have kitchen facilities.  Almost one-quarter (23%) of the structure fires had incident type codes that indicated a cooking fire confined to the object of origin. Cooking fires accounted for just 3% of direct property damage associated with fire station fires.  The second leading area of origin was garage or vehicle storage area, with 9% of fires and 8% of direct property damage, followed by fires originating in an office, with 6% of fires -- but 15% of direct property damage.  Vehicle fires most often originated in the vehicle’s engine area, running gear, or wheel area of the vehicle (44% of total), with another 18% originating in the passenger area, and 12% in the cargo or trunk area. 

 

As with other types of properties, fire stations are at risk of fire, whether due to mechanical or electrical failure, cooking materials, arson, or due to some other factor.  Fortunately, many of these fires are small and don’t substantially impact fire department services.  But in other cases, the fires may cause significant damage to vehicles, equipment, and infrastructure, and thereby threaten to disrupt vital services, as well as potentially undermine the health and safety of firefighter health and safety.  Prevention efforts are accordingly as important inside the fire station as they are in the community.

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