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NFPA 1925, Standard on Marine Fire-Fighting Vessels, is now open for Public Input. This standard provides the requirements for the construction of new vessels and the conversion of existing vessels to become fire-fighting vessels. The standard addresses vessel design, fire-fighting system capabilities, fire protection and emergency equipment for the vessel, vessel stability, propulsion, electrical systems, vessel maintenance, machinery and other systems and equipment. To submit Public Input, please see http://www.nfpa.org/1925.

I am pleased to announce another successful year co-sponsoring the International Fire/EMS Safety & Health Week Quiz. A joint initiative between the NFPA,the National Volunteer Fire Council and the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the Safety & Health Week will run from June 14-20, 2015. The Safety & Health Week “…is designed to increase awareness and action so that safety and health become a priority in all fire departments.” During the week, fire departments are urged to stand down on all non-emergency operations in order to dedicate the time to health and safety training. This year's theme is "Creating A Culture of Safety."

 

The NFPA, IAFC and NVFC have sponsored the Safety & Health Quiz for the last few years and each year has brought an increase in
participation and positive results. This year the quiz was viewed 4,350 times, and taken 3,464 times. 1,830 people also completed the sweepstakes submission form by entering their email address. By comparison, here are the numbers from the last two year’s quizzes:

  • 2014: Just under 3,000 website visits, 1,268 quiz
         completions and 736 sweepstakes entrants
  • 2013: 2,200 site visits, 912 quiz takers and 615
         sweepstakes entrants.

 

This year 200 randomly selected winners will receive a challenge coin entitled “Creating a Culture of Safety”

You can visit our site below to learn more;

http://www.nfpa.org/fireservicequiz

 

I am very grateful to have had the chance to work with such
a great team. Lauren Backstrom and Amy Sturtevant (NFPA), Kim Quiros (NVFC), and
Richard Miller (IAFC). Thank you!

 

Stay Safe!

 

Curt

NFPA 1961, Standard on Fire Hose is currently open for Public Input until July 6 (less than a month away).

 

Get updates on the document by signing up for e-mail updates on the doc info page.

For those of you who had an opportunity to read an article I wrote in the November/December 2012 edition of NFPA Journal (http://www.nfpa.org/newsandpublications/nfpa-journal/2012/november-december-2012/features/pressure-points) regarding the ongoing debate surrounding series fire pump units you will be glad to hear that the debate has ended. In the upcoming 2016 edition of NFPA 20 several new requirements can be found on fire pump units installed in series in Chapter 4; this will be especially important for those of you who are frequently involved in high-rise projects. New requirements that provide criteria for protection of wire, status signals, and communication all necessary if you wish to install fire pumps in different rooms throughout a structure. To review these new requirements prior to the release of the 2016 edition of NFPA 20 visit www.nfpa.org/20next and peruse the first and second draft report.

As of June 1, 2015 most of the provisions of OSHA's revised Hazard Communication Standard are in affect including the requirement for manufacturers to label containers with new GHS labels.   NFPA continues to get calls and emails asking "Is NFPA changing the 704 ratings to match GHS hazard classifications?".   The short answer to this question is NO!

 

The NFPA 704 standard and OSHA’s Hazard Communication standard were developed for different purposes.   Now that OSHA has adopted GHS,  both systems involve numbers leading to many questions about how the two numbers systems relate.  The NFPA 704 standard is widely used and recognized by fire and emergency responders and safety personnel for identifying the hazards of short term/acute exposure to materials under conditions of fire, spill, or similar emergencies. OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) provides information for workers exposed to materials primarily under normal conditions of use.  It is important to realize that the GHS numbers used in the OSHA standards are not relative ratings of hazards but rather used for the purpose of classifying hazards into categories for proper labeling and training information. These GHS numbers ARE NOT relative hazard ratings and in fact have an inverse number systems with 1 being the most hazardous and 4 being the least hazardous. It is important to understand the differences between the two systems. For more information, NFPA and OSHA have developed a “Quick Card” to explain the two systems and their differences. The downloadable card can be found by clicking here.