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Revision to NFPA 1710 Passes at Technical Meeting in Chicago

At today's NFPA Technical Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, the revision to 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, passed overwhelmingly despite an attempt by an ill-advised chief from Montreal to gut a key provision in the standard.

The NFPA 1710 standard revision was based on the recentground-breaking studies conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) that scientifically measured risk and fire response. The new standard will include new objectives on medium and high-hazard structure fire response, in addition to the existing low-hazard objectives that address travel time, assembly numbers for the initial full alarm assignment and crew size for fire departments in communities with dense high-hazard structures and other geographic challenges.

Other objectives in the revised standard include call processing and dispatch times (also found in NFPA 1221) and firefighting training specific to the risk in the community.

Gordon Routley, an assistant chief of the Montreal Fire Department, attempted to gut part of the standard by claiming that there is no science in the 610-second travel time for high-rise response. His amendment was met by strong, science-based objections from representatives of both the IAFF (including General President Harold Schaitberger) and the Metro Chiefs.

The report from the NIST High-Rise Field Experiments directly contributed to the revised objectives in the 1710 Standard. In addition to the study, GIS analysis was conducted by the IAFF’s Technical Assistance Division on multiple metropolitan fire departments throughout the United States and Canada and clearly confirmed that the fire departments in these areas can meet the travel time objective for assembling 43 fire fighters on the scene, particularly in the urban core where they have the greatest concentration of high-rise structures.

The Technical Committee voted 27-0 earlier this year to support the travel time and other objectives added to the revised standard.The vote on the amendment to remove the 610-second travel time was soundly defeated 230-33. IAFF senior staff members Dr. Lori Moore Merrell, Pat Morrison and Jim Brinkley contributed significantly to the successful passage of the revised standard.

The 2016 revision of the 1710 Standard will be released in September following final confirmation of the NFPA Standards Council.

The NFPA Technical Meeting is the annual business conference where NFPA members consider amending motions to various NFPA standards. In all, eights standards will be considered this week during the meeting.

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PFFM web site now over 790,000 hits
The Professional Firefighters of Maine website now has over 790,000 hits since the beginning of 2011. Over the years, we have passed on a lot of information to the public and to our members about: events in August, events in our locals, safety information and more. What does this mean to our membership? Our word is getting out!! Keep up the great work. Read More...
Welcome to IAFF Dispatch

The IAFF is proud to release the premiere episode of IAFF Dispatch, a new bi-monthly video news magazine that will highlight the good work of the IAFF, our affiliates and members.

In our premiere episode, we recap the 2015 Legislative Conference/Presidential Forum andAffiliate Leadership Training Summit, we show the decommissioning of our Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial and tell the story of how the IAFF helped create good union jobs while making a difference in the lives of children in need. We hope you find this new communication tool useful, and keep an eye out for more video content provided by your video production company - E-18 Media.


Free Download of Toxic Hot Seat Offered to IAFF Members
Exposure From Toxic Chemicals Kills Fire Fighters: Watch Toxic Hot Seat to Learn More Jamie Redford and Kirby Walker, producers of "Toxic Hot Seat,"  have very generously provided a free download of the HBO documentary to every IAFF member. Read More...
Cancer Risks for Firefighters: More Than You May Realize
Two years ago, 43-year-old Maine firefighter Mike Nixon was diagnosed with malignant melanoma — the most dangerous form of skin cancer. “I had a spot develop in a weird place on my ear,” he says. “It wasn’t on top where you’d think people would get skin cancer, where there is sun exposure. Read More...
Carbon Monoxide: the silent killer
PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- It's called the silent killer. You can't see it, smell it, or taste it. Carbon monoxide kills an average of 160 people a year in this country. Under Maine law apartment buildings now must have carbon monoxide detectors. So do long term rentals but older hotels, inns, and bed and breakfasts, those built before 2009, do not. Read More...
Maine Scientist to Study Link Between Fire Fighters and Cancer
Firefighters risk their lives daily for those in the community. A scientist says there are many health risks involved and what protects them is part of the problem. Caitlin Burchill explains. ==== The Orrington Fire Chief wants to protect his crew at all costs. Read More...
Bunker Gear - Does it Fit Right?
 When I began a career in the fire service, it was a common practice in many fire departments to be issued hand me down bunker gear.  I remember once where I had to repair my helmet to make it somewhat useful.  Most firefighters entering the fire service over 20-30 years ago had to earn the right to wear new or slightly used bunker gear due, in part, to economics. Read More...
How to Become a Professional Fire Fighter
The IAFF has released a new online resource on How to Become a Professional Fire Fighter for affiliates to use in recuitment campaigns or for individuals and organizations interested in learning more about how to pursue a career as a professional fire fighter/paramedic. Read More...
Study: Exposure to flame retardant chemicals means firefighters face higher cancer risk than previously thought
Study: Exposure to flame retardant chemicals means firefighters face higher cancer risk than previously thought  ELLSWORTH, Maine — New research by a Blue Hill scientist shows that during a fire, firefighters are exposed to dangerous levels of toxic, cancer-causing chemicals created when commercial flame retardants burn. Read More...
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