Firefighting

NEWS IN BRIEF

Issue 4 and Volume 160.

2007 edition of NFPA 1982 addresses performance issues The 2007 edition of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1982, Standard on Personal Alert Safety Systems (PASS), is now available at www.nfpa.org/pass. The new version addresses issues related to performance in devices certified to previous editions of the standard. In late 2005, the NFPA published on its Web site an alert notice entitled “PASS alarm signals can fail at high temperatures,” calling responders’ attention to the fact that when exposed to high temperatures, the PASS alarm signal was reduced, making it indistinguishable from background noise at the incident scene. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program brought this fact to the attention of the NFPA Technical Committee on Electronic Safety Equipment (the Technical Committee). NIOSH reported that while investigating four firefighter fatalities that occurred between 2001 and 2004, it was reported that the…

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