DHS adopts 11 NFPA standards for emergency responders

Published on September 18, 2007
Washington, D.C., September 18, 2007 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced the adoption of 11 NFPA standards for emergency responders by DHS.  The newly adopted standards will set requirements to assist federal agencies and state and local officials responsible for procuring equipment and services used by emergency responders.  

“It is enormously important that first responders have the tools and qualifications necessary to perform their duties well - their lives and the lives of others depend on it,” said James M. Shannon, NFPA president, “DHS has taken an important step in supporting the needs of first responders with the adoption of these standards.”    

The documents adopted will provide direction and allow officials to make better procurement decisions in the following areas:  professional qualifications, occupational safety and health, fire apparatus, personal protective clothing, powered rescue tools, and other equipment.    

“The threat of fire in any home, school or business is a reality. To expect first responders to run into the current all hazard environment without training, equipment and the basic tools to do their jobs, is unacceptable,” said U.S. Fire Administrator Greg Cade. “These newly adopted standards by DHS further ensure communities have well-informed, well-trained and well-equipped first responders, supported by manufacturers, and outside agencies dedicated to protecting the people of this nation.” 

The 11 newly adopted standards are: 

The adoption of NFPA standards reflect the continuing support of a multi-year program in U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate to build confidence in homeland security technologies, products, services, personnel through the development and adoption of voluntary consensus standards. A list of the standards can be found on the Department of Homeland Security’s Web site and the Responder Knowledge Base. The standards documents are available from the National Fire Protection Association and from ANSI.

DHS previously adopted 14 NFPA standards that remain in use today.  They are: 

All NFPA safety codes and standards are developed through a process accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The 200 technical committees responsible for developing and updating all 300 codes and standards include 6,000 volunteers, representing enforcing authorities, installers and maintainers, labor, research and testing laboratories, insurers, special experts, consumers and other users.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate serves as the primary research and development arm of the Department, utilizing our nation’s scientific and technological resources to provide federal, state and local officials with the technology and capabilities to protect the homeland. 

NFPA has been a worldwide leader in providing fire, electrical, building, and life safety to the public since 1896. The mission of the international nonprofit organization is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education.

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