12 Nov A new NFPA standard is underway
The NFPA, who recently explored the current trends and challenges of the industry, is working on a new NFPA standard.
Under the NFPA’s Response and Responder Safety Document Consolidation Plan, it intends to create a single source where NFPA 1960 will specify minimum requirements. The consolidation plan aims to improve the overall experience of the ERRS standards development process.
The current NFPA standard – NFPA 1964 : 2018 – applies to spray nozzles and provides performance requirements for firefighting spray nozzles assuring purchasers or authorities having jurisdiction that these nozzles are suitable for fire suppression use.
The NFPA new plan, as part of the Response and Responder Safety Document Consolidation Plan (consolidation plan), is to create a single source where the one standard NFPA 1960 will illustrate and specify the minimum requirements for:
NFPA 1931: Manufacturers Design of Fire Department Ground Ladders
This standard provides manufacturers of fire department ground ladders with a set of performance requirements against which ladders are to be certified to ensure that the ground ladders are reliable and safe to use.
NFPA 1936: Rescue Tools
This standard specifies performance requirements for powered rescue tools and components that are used by emergency services personnel to facilitate the extrication of victims from entrapment.
NFPA 1961: Fire Hose
This standard defines the design and construction requirements for new fire hose, the testing required to verify the design and construction, and the inspection and testing required of all new fire hose.
NFPA 1963: Fire Hose Connections
This standard establishes uniform performance requirements for new fire hose couplings and adapters with nominal sizes from 3/4 in. (19 mm) through 8 in. (200 mm) and the specifications for the mating surfaces.
NFPA 1964: Spray Nozzles & Appliances
This standard covers the requirements for new adjustable-pattern spray nozzles intended for general firefighting use, for marine and offshore platform fire-fighting use, or for use with fire hoses affixed to standpipe systems. A.1.1 While nozzles meeting the requirements of this standard are designed to be used in fire suppression, including hose lines on standpipe systems, the nozzles cannot be expected to provide satisfactory performance if adequate water pressure and volume are not available. Pressures available in standpipe systems are often controlled by pressure-reducing devices. Fire departments planning to use spray nozzles with standpipe systems should ensure the standpipe system can supply the necessary pressure and volume. The inspection and care of in-service nozzles is covered by NFPA 1962.
As part of the consolidation plan, NFPA 1960 (combining Standards NFPA 1931, NFPA 1936, NFPA 1961, NFPA 1963,
and NFPA 1964) is open for public input with a closing date of November 10, 2021.
To submit your input go to https://bit.ly/3AwQ7io.
This feature originally appeared in Security Middle East magazine.