The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently released findings from a study pinpointing how firefighter crew sizes impact operations and safety in high-rise settings. Highlighted in the latest issue of NFPA Journal, the results shed light on a topic that has gained significant attention following budget cuts, staff shortages, and fire department closures.
The study's aim is to help guide future provisions in NFPA 1710, Organization and Deployment of Fire Suppression Operations, Emergency Medical Operations, and Special Operations to the Public by Career Fire Departments.
“NFPA 1710 technical committee members have been limited to anecdotal info [on high-rise fires] in the past,” says NFPA regional director Russ Sanders, a technical expert for the NIST study. “I can’t overemphasize how important it is that this scientific information is now available to the committee, which will closely review, consider, and implement these lessons learned into this standard."
Check out this story and others from the In A Flash section of the May/June issue ofJournal.