Fire and Safety Journal Americas reports on the upcoming webinar that delves into the modifications the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has proposed for turnout gear and SCBA.
Scheduled to occur on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT, this webinar promises to shed light on how the new consolidated standards will affect fire departments nationwide.
The protective gear donned by firefighters adheres to standards set forth by the NFPA.
Through the collaborative efforts of technical committees, the NFPA curates these standards with inputs from the fire service community, gear manufacturers, testing labs, and interested individuals.
The underlying goal: ensure paramount safety while delivering reliable protective products.
Come late 2024, the NFPA plans to merge the standards for clothing (NFPA 1971), work uniforms (NFPA 1975), SCBA (NFPA 1981), and PASS devices (NFPA 1982) into one cohesive guideline, dubbed NFPA 1970.
Webinar speakers, firefighter experts Jeff Stull and Battalion Chief Matthew Cox, will deep dive into what this consolidated standard means for fire departments.
The topics on the agenda include:
Participants can anticipate walking away with:
Battalion Chief Matthew Cox, with a commendable 22-year career in fire service, currently oversees a battalion consisting of five stations and around 60 personnel in the Fairfax County (Virginia) Fire and Rescue Department.
A Virginia Tech alumnus, Chief Cox has actively contributed to numerous committees striving for operational and leadership enhancements within the fire service domain.
On the other hand, Jeff Stull heads International Personnel Protection, Inc., a firm specializing in protective clothing and equipment.
Holding memberships in various NFPA technical committees, Stull has penned numerous articles on protective clothing effectiveness and routinely contributes to FireRescue1 with a PPE-centric column.
The unveiling of the new NFPA 1970 standards signifies a pivotal moment for the fire service sector.
Consolidating various standards into one embodies a move toward streamlined guidelines and, potentially, heightened protective measures.
With firefighter safety being paramount, comprehending these changes is crucial for departments, especially when considering gear and SCBA procurements.
By attending this webinar, fire departments equip themselves with knowledge, ensuring they remain at the forefront of safety and preparedness.