Debra Baio

NFPA Standards Council seeking public comments on a potential new project on Accelerant Detection Canines and Handlers

Blog Post created by Debra Baio Employee on Aug 10, 2015

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards Council is in receipt of a New Project Initiation Request for the development of an ANSI Accredited Standard for Accelerant Detection Canines and Handlers. Building upon the 2014 edition of NFPA 921, Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations which identifies the value of “properly trained and validated ignitable liquid detection canine/handler teams”, the request seeks an NFPA standard to address the training (initial and ongoing) and evaluation of accelerant detection canines, handlers, and canine/handler teams.

If the New Project Initiation Request is ultimately approved by the Standards Council, it is proposed that a new Technical Committee be established and charged with the development of appropriate requirements related to Accelerant Detection Canines and Handlers.

NFPA is currently soliciting comments from interested organizations and individuals to gauge if there is support for the development of Accelerant Detection Canine and Handler Standards. NFPA specifically seeks input on the following: 

  1. Are you, or your organization in favor of an ANSI Accredited NFPA Standard?
  2. What is the reason for supporting or opposing such a project?
  3. Are you or your organization interested in and applying for membership on the Technical Committee?

Please submit comments in support or opposition to Accelerant Detection Canine and Handler standards by the September 4, 2015 deadline.

Additionally, those interested in Committee membership may submit an application online:  Submit online application*
*Note:  Applications being accepted for purposes of documenting applicant interest in committee participation.  Acceptance of applications by NFPA does not guaranty or imply the Standards Council will ultimately approve standards development activity on this subject matter.

You can view existing examples of NFPA Standards at www.nfpa.org/921 (NFPA 921) or www.nfpa.org/1033 (NFPA 1033).

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