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THE NEW TIA: THROWING ACRONYMS AT A FIRE

Issue 10 and Volume 146.

THE NEW TIA: THROWING ACRONYMS AT A FIRE EDITOR’S OPINION Quietly, minus the storm clouds that have shadowed the national staffing standard affair for two years, the NFPA Standards Council recently issued a Tentative Interim Amendment (TIA) to NFPA 1500, Standard on Fire Service Occupational Safety and Health Program, requiring that four members be on the scene before commencing interior operations at a working structure fire, except in “rare and extraordinary” circumstances in which “members find an imminent life-threatening situation where immediate action may prevent the loss of life or serious injury.” The TIA broadly defines a working structural fire as “Any fire that requires the use of a I ½-inch or larger fire attack hose line and that also requires the use of self-contained breathing apparatus for members entering the hazardous area.” In embracing the TIA, the Standards Council overruled the 1500 technical committee inasmuch as the amendment did…

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