New projects and draft documents

Submit a request for a new project
Download a new project initiation form (doc, 26 KB).

Requests are forwarded to the NFPA Standards Council for a preliminary review. If deemed appropriate, the Council directs that a notice be published in NFPA News. This notice asks for information or resources on the subject matter, the names of those interested in participating on the Committee (if established), the names of other organizations actively involved with this subject, and whether there is a need for such a project. The Standards Council then reviews the proposed project/document and any public comments generated by the notice. If the Standards Council does determine the need for the proposed project it either assigns the project to an existing Technical Committee or establishes a new committee.

New projects

The following new committees/documents were approved by the Standards Council at its August 2016 meeting:

  • Emergency Responder Robotics (including Unmanned Aerial Systems, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, and other robotics utilized in emergency responder applications)
    The Council approved the request of Fire Chief G. Keith Bryant, International Association of Fire Chiefs, to develop a project addressing emergency responder robotics (UAS) (including unmanned aerial systems, unmanned aerial vehicles, and other robotics utilized in emergency responder applications).  Fifteen comments were received: fourteen comments supported development of the project, one comment did not support the development of the project.  Nine of the commenters indicated an interest in participating if a Committee was developed. The start-up roster for the Committee was also approved at this meeting. 

    Approved title:  Technical Committee on Unmanned Aerial Systems 
    Approved Committee scope: This Committee shall have primary responsibility for documents relating to the operation, deployment, and implementation of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) by emergency response departments and personnel. This includes all documents that establish operational protocols for those who use and support UAS services and operator professional qualifications.

    This new committee is currently seeking experts in the UAS field. We currently have a number of applications from the fire service. Applicants are being sought with UAS law enforcement experience, with state and/or federal responsibilities for establishing UAS policy, and with manufacturing expertise in UAS systems to create a balanced committee. This committee will be responsible for drafting the first NFPA Standard on UAS for emergency services.

Draft documents

The preliminary draft of a proposed new NFPA Standard is made available to allow the public to view the drafts and submit public input. These preliminary drafts are works in progress and as such have no official status. They are available solely for use in submitting public input and are not intended for any other use. 

Public input sought on the following preliminary drafts:

  • NFPA 1300, Standard on Community Risk Assessment and Community Risk Reduction Plan Development: 6/28/2017
  • NFPA 1877, Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Wildland Fire Fighting Clothing and Equipment: 6/28/2017

The public input closing date has passed for the following proposed new NFPA Standard (First Draft Report available: 9/8/2016):

  • NFPA 1858, Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Life Safety Rope and Equipment for Emergency Services