NFPA 1710
Standard for the Organization and Deployment of Fire Suppression Operations, Emergency Medical Operations, and Special Operations to the Public by Career Fire Departments, 2010 Edition

The Department of Homeland Security, The Office of State and Local Government Coordination and Preparedness, has requested that NFPA make available the following excerpt to assist fire departments with the application process of the SAFER Act Grant. The following material is excerpted from NFPA 1710 and does not reflect the full requirements of the standard.


Chapter 1 Administration

1.1 Scope. This standard contains minimum requirements relating to the organization and deployment of fire suppression operations, emergency medical operations, and special operations to the public by substantially all career fire departments.
1.1.1 The requirements address functions and objectives of fire department emergency service delivery, response capabilities, and resources.
1.1.2 This standard also contains general requirements for managing resources and systems, such as health and safety, incident management, training, communications, and pre-incident planning.
1.1.3 This standard addresses the strategic and system issues involving the organization, operation, and deployment of a fire department and does not address tactical operations at a specific emergency incident.
1.2 Purpose. 
1.2.1 The purpose of this standard is to specify the minimum criteria addressing the effectiveness and efficiency of the career public fire suppression operations, emergency medical service, and special operations delivery in protecting the citizens of the jurisdiction and the occupational safety and health of fire department employees.  

Chapter 3 Definitions

3.2.2 Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). An organization, office, or individual responsible for enforcing the requirements of a code or standard, or for approving equipment, materials, an installation, or a procedure.
3.3.32 Initial Full Alarm Assignment. Those personnel, equipment, and resources ordinarily dispatched upon notification of a structure fire.

Chapter 5 Fire Department Services

5.2.4.1 Initial Arriving Company. 
5.2.4.1.1 The fire department’s fire suppression resources shall be deployed to provide for the arrival of an engine company within a 240-second travel time to 90 percent of the incidents as established in Chapter 4.
5.2.4.1.2 Personnel assigned to the initial arriving company shall have the capability to implement an initial rapid intervention crew (IRIC).
5.2.4.2 Initial Full Alarm Assignment Capability. 
5.2.4.2.1 The fire department shall have the capability to deploy an initial full alarm assignment within a 480-second travel time to 90 percent of the incidents as established in Chapter 4.
5.2.4.2.2 The initial full alarm assignment to a structure fire in a typical 2000 ft2 (186 m2), two-story single-family dwelling  without basement and with no exposures shall provide for the following:

(1) Establishment of incident command outside of the hazard area for the overall coordination and direction of the initial full alarm assignment with a minimum of one individual dedicated to this task
(2) Establishment of an uninterrupted water supply of a minimum of 400 gpm (1520 L/min) for 30 minutes with supply line(s) maintained by an operator
(3) Establishment of an effective water flow application rate of 300 gpm (1140 L/min) from two handlines, each of which has a minimum flow rate of 100 gpm (380 L/min) with each handline operated by a minimum of two individuals to effectively and safely maintain the line
(4) Provision of one support person for each attack and backup line deployed to provide hydrant hookup and to assist in laying of hose lines, utility control, and forcible entry
(5) Provision of at least one victim search and rescue team with each such team consisting of a minimum of two individuals
(6) Provision of at least one team, consisting of a minimum of two individuals, to raise ground ladders and perform ventilation
(7) If an aerial device is used in operations, one person to function as an aerial operator and maintain primary control of the aerial device at all times|
(8) Establishment of an IRIC consisting of a minimum of two properly equipped and trained individuals

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