Leadership

McLennan Urges Higher Standards For Fire Fighters at ISFSI Meeting

Issue 1 and Volume 130.

McLennan Urges Higher Standards For Fire Fighters at ISFSI Meeting —staff photos. Professional qualifications for the fire service, OSHA’s attitude toward pressure-demand breathing apparatus and the development of courses by the National Fire Academy were among the topics discussed at the fall conference of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors conducted at the Sheraton Silver Spring Motel in Silver Spring, Md., November 5-8. “Significantly higher” standards for fire fighters were urged by W. Howard McClennan, president of the International Association of Fire Fighters, in his evaluation of the certification program that is being developed by the Professional Qualifications Board. “Our concern is we have only minimum standards and minimums become the norm,” McClennan declared in reference to NFPA Standard 1001, which defines qualifications for fire fighters. He criticized the fact that the certification program covers only education and training and does not consider on-thejob training criteria. Apprenticeship urged McClennan…

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