Fire EMS, Fire Prevention & Protection, Hazmat, Health & Safety

NFPA Offers Free Online Access to Haz-Mat Response Guidelines

Quincy, MA, November 8, 2001 – As first responders in communities across the U.S. contend with actual and suspected cases of anthrax exposure, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has created a page on its Web site ( that offers access to hazardous materials response standards and other relevant information.

The three model consensus documents, which have been posted as free .pdf downloads, are NFPA 471, Recommended Practice for Responding to Hazardous Materials Incidents; NFPA 472, Professional Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials Incidents; and NFPA 473, Professional Competence of Emergency Medical Responders to Hazardous Materials Incidents. In addition, the NFPA is offering .pdf files of supplemental materials taken from the Hazardous Materials Response Handbook.