New projects & documents

At its March 2014 meeting, the NFPA Standards Council considered and reviewed four new projects/documents and is seeking public review and comment by the June 23, 2014 deadline:

The following new committees/documents were approved by the Standards Council at its March 2014 meeting:

Reorganization for NFPA Standards in the Wildland Urban Interface 

At the October 2013 meeting, the Council reviewed the request of the Forest and Rural Fire Protection Technical Committee (TC) to reorganize the Project into two new committees, Wildland Fire Management and Wildland and Rural Fire Protection.  After review of all the material before it, the Council voted to publish a notice to solicit comments from the public regarding the reorganization.

At the March 2014 meeting, the Council reviewed all the material before them and voted to approve the reorganization of the Forest and Rural Fire Protection Technical Committee to reorganize the Project into two new committees, Wildland Fire Management and Wildland and Rural Fire Protection with the following titles and scopes:

  • Technical Committee on Wildland and Rural Fire Protection
    APPROVED SCOPE:  This committee shall have the primary responsibility for documents on fire protection in wildland, rural, and suburban areas. 
  • Technical Committee on Wildland Fire Management
    APPROVED SCOPE:  This committee shall have the primary responsibility for documents on wildland fire management.

The Council directed that a call for members interested in serving on the proposed new Technical Committees be published.  All existing members of the Forest and Rural Fire Protection Technical Committee are being asked to reapply.  NFPAstaff will return to the Council with proposed startup rosters and recommendation for committee chairs.  Once the rosters for the two committees are approved, the Forest and Rural Fire Protection Technical Committee will be disbanded.

If you wish to participate in one of these Committees, please go to the following links to complete the application form:

  • WRP-AAA  for the proposed Wildland and Rural Fire Protection Committee
  • WFM-AAA for the proposed Wildland Fire Management Committee . 
    Please note: You will be asked to sign-in or create a free online account with NFPA before using this application system.

A new test method to evaluate fire/ignition resistance of upholstered furniture subject to a flaming ignition source was approved by the Standards Council at it March 2014 meeting:

At the July 2013 meeting, the Council reviewed the request of Barry Badders, Chair of the Fire Test Technical Committee (TC) that NFPA consider the establishment of a new test method to evaluate fire/ignition resistance of upholstered furniture subject to a flaming ignition source. At that meeting, the Council voted to publish a notice of receipt of the request soliciting opinions on the need for the document, information on resources available on the subject matter, those interested in participating if approved, and other organizations that may be actively involved with the subject matter. Twenty comments were received; thirteen responses were in favor of the project, six were opposed and one provided suggestions.

After a review of all of the information before it, the Council voted to approve the development of a new test method to evaluate fire/ignition resistance of upholstered furniture subject to a flaming ignition source. Once the Fire Test Technical Committee has developed and balloted a draft document (see Regs 4.3.1.1), the TC can then make a request to the Council to enter an appropriate revision cycle. The Council approved a documents scope, as follows:

Approved Document Scope: This document shall provide a test method to evaluate fire/ignition resistance of upholstered furniture subject to a flaming ignition source.

Council Chair Kerry Bell recused himself during the discussion and vote on this issue.

 

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