ICHIEFS MOVES TO SUPPORT
-- On December 1, 2000, the Board of Directors of the International
Association of Fire Chiefs (ICHIEFS) approved a motion to support the
proposed NFPA 1710 (Standard on Organization
and Deployment for Career Fire Departments). This motion contained
the stipulation that the NFPA 1710 Technical Committee accept the provisions
contained in comments submitted by ICHIEFS to the Reports on Comments (ROC)
draft document. These comments related to the following:
has made a conscious decision that this organization take a leadership
role in supporting NFPA 1710 as a benchmark for the deployment of fire
department resources in substantially career departments," said Chief Mike
Brown, ICHIEFS president.
Maintain the allowance for multiple-apparatus
configurations within the definition of a company.
Modify the response time objective
to separate turnout time from response time, which would add up to an additional
60 seconds from the time units acknowledge notification of an emergency
until they arrive at the scene.
Require that any other agency
or private organization providing EMS beyond the first responder with AED
level must meet the provisions of the standard in any contract or service
Units that provide ALS transport
will be staffed and trained at the level prescribed by the state agency
responsible for EMS licensing.
The requirement for two paramedics
and two EMT-Basics on ALS calls can be assembled from more than the fire
department, such as a third party EMS provider.
submitted comments to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) regarding
NFPA 1710 in October 2000. On December 6, 2000, NFPA's technical
committee approved ICHIEFS comments, satisfying the stipulation issued
by the board of directors.
effort to provide clear and decisive leadership to the members of the association,
the fire service and peer organizations, ICHIEFS will prepare resources
necessary to inform chief fire officers and fire
departments methods for
implementing the organization and deployment standard.
realizes the potential benefits NFPA 1710 brings to the fire service and
the challenges fire chiefs may face in implementing these benchmarks.
As leaders of the fire service, we must be prepared to take
charge and ensure the passage
of this standard," said Brown.
2001, the standard will go to a floor vote before the NFPA membership at
the association's annual meeting in Anaheim, CA.