Public Input Sought on New NFPA Fire Prevention Standard

 

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is seeking public input on the first draft of a standard that focuses on certain elements of fire prevention programs. The elements include inspections and code enforcement, plan review, investigations, and public education activities. 

The standard also describes the content of a community risk assessment, which is used to determine the prevention activities most likely to reduce the number of fires in a community. 

In the past, cities have had concerns regarding NFPA standards because they included specific equipment and staffing mandates.  Based on the input of TML, the National League of Cities (NLC), and others, this proposed standard does not contain these mandates. Instead, the draft standard provides potentially useful guidance on how each city can determine its own prevention staffing needs.  Each city with fire prevention concerns should review the draft standards and consider providing input to NFPA.  

Comments are due on September 9, 2013. For more information and to submit comments electronically, go to www.nfpa.org/1730 and click on the “Next edition” tab.

A technical committee will review the comments in the fall and prepare a revised draft.  NLC is represented on the NFPA technical committee that developed the draft proposal.  Laura Mueller, TML assistant general counsel, is also on the committee representing NLC.  Please email her at laura@tml.org with questions.

 
TML member cities may use the material herein for any purpose. No other person or entity may reproduce, duplicate, or distribute any part of this document without the written authorization of the Texas Municipal League.

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