The standards above are slated to be consolidated into one overarching document in Phase 1 of the consolidation effort.
Two months ago, it was announced that the NFPA Standards Council approved a plan to consolidate 114 NFPA Emergency Response and Responder Safety standards into approximately 43 topical documents, allowing emergency responders better access to the packaged standards information that they need to do their jobs.
Since that announcement, we have fielded many calls and emails about the five-year consolidation project which aims to combine 20-25 standards annually, in their proper cycle. To answer questions that may be on your mind, and to maintain an open dialogue with our stakeholders and volunteers, we are sharing the anticipated standards groupings and draft timetable with you. Please know that the consolidation draft handout is for the purpose of providing current information to all our stakeholders and volunteers. Throughout the project we will continually monitor the impact, and make changes, as necessary.
The plan to merge related documents into all-inclusive standards, with existing guidance as separate chapters, is in response to the concerns voiced by first responders and Technical Committee members over the last decade. The consolidation project aims to address long-standing emergency services standards conflicts, and alleviate some of the planning and scheduling difficulties that TC members and representatives experienced over the years. By consolidating the number of standards, Technical Committee members can work more cohesively on a variety of topics and emergency responders will have more convenient access to a library of topic-specific content that is critical for their roles.
“Now is the time to take the wealth of knowledge in our standards, and combine it in a way that is relevant, inclusive and accessible for responders today. This undertaking blends the critical information that responders need to know to keep safe; and delivers the information in a format that is complete and convenient,” NFPA Vice President and Chief Engineer Chris Dubay said in April when the plan was announced.
If you have questions or concerns as you acquaint yourself with the consolidation effort, please feel free to pose your questions below in the comment section or email firstname.lastname@example.org.