NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) has added two consensus documents to its growing list of codes, standards and reference materials posted as a public service on NFPA’s Web site. The materials can be viewed on demand at www.nfpa.org.
The 2003 edition of NFPA 1, Uniform Fire Code(tm), integrates the two most widely adopted fire codes in the country – NFPA 1, Fire Prevention Code and the Uniform Fire Code. The new code is now available online in a read-only version, allowing users to review it in its entirety, at their leisure. NFPA 1, Uniform Fire Code prescribes minimum requirements to achieve safety from fire and explosion in any occupancy.
NFPA 1403, Standard on Live Fire Evolutions, is posted online as a PDF download, allowing users to review, copy and print the document at will. NFPA 1403 provides internationally recognized safe practices for conducting firefighter training exercises that involve live fire in structures and in outside properties.
“It has always been important for first responders to have the tools they need to do the job, but the job has gotten more challenging since September 11th and the resources have become scarcer,” says NFPA President James M. Shannon. “It’s troubling to NFPA that U.S. fire departments lack the training, personnel and equipment necessary to properly do their jobs. We’re working with federal officials to turn that around. Meanwhile, offering on-demand access to key consensus codes and standards and other NFPA information is one way that we can help fire departments bridge their resource gaps.”
NFPA 5000(tm), Building Construction and Safety Code(tm) is now available in a read-only version. In addition, free PDF downloads of three NFPA hazardous materials incident documents (NFPA 471, 472, and 473), two protective ensemble standards (NFPA 1951 and 1994) and supplements from NFPA’s Hazardous Materials Response Handbook, are also available online. All NFPA codes, standards and recommended practices can also be purchased online in electronic or print format.
NFPA 1, Uniform Fire Code and NFPA 5000, Building Construction and Safety Code, are elements of the Comprehensive Consensus Codes(tm) set. C3 offers the opportunity for code officials to adopt a full set of codes and standards for the built environment that have been developed through a consensus process.