I am confused by the scope of NFPA 1500 which notes the following:
1.3.1 The requirements of this standard shall be applicable to organizations providing rescue, fire suppression, emergency medical services, hazardous materials mitigation, special operations, and other emergency services, including public, military, private, and industrial fire departments.
1.3.2 This standard shall not apply to industrial fire brigades that might also be known as emergency brigades, emergency response teams, fire teams, plant emergency organizations, or mine emergency response teams.
OSHA notes that industrial fire brigades could be performing structural firefighting which means they would be exposed to same exact hazards as those listed in section 1.3.1 of the application of the standard.
- Are we not placing industrial fire brigades in a situation where they are exposed to hazardous conditions without the proper protection required for those in section 1.3.1?
- Is there another NFPA standard that requires these SAME protections for industrial fire brigades who are exposed to IDLH, potential entrapment and collapse like professional firefighters?
- What is the difference between the needed protections of those employees in section 1.3.1 and 1.3.2?
Thanks for your assistance.