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EXPANDED ROLE FOR THIRD-PARTY CERTIFICATION IN REVISED NFPA 1901 STANDARD

Issue 10 and Volume 156.

BY JAMES JOHANNESSEN Purchasing automotive fire- fighting apparatus is one of the most important decisions the fire services must make. Regardless of the size of the municipality, choosing a vehicle that will best suit the community’s present and future needs is of utmost importance. The authority responsible for writing the specifications that will guide this process relies on many factors that will assist in the decision-making process. One of the most important tools available to fire department personnel is National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1901, Standard for Automotive Fire Apparatus. This standard specifies the minimum requirements for automotive fire apparatus used for structural firefighting and supporting associated fire department operations. An NFPA technical committee of experts and interested parties is responsible for the periodic review of NFPA 1901 and recommends revisions as needed. The committee is comprised of 30 voting members (and numerous nonvoting members serving on subcommittees) from the…

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