Standard for the Organization and Deployment of Fire Suppression Operations, Emergency Medical Operations, and Special Operations to the Public by Career Fire Departments 2010 Edition
NFPA representative – Ryan Depew (new) The Standards Council determines the classifications needed to “balance” the committee. There are 29 principle members on 1710.
E (Enforcing Authority – i.e. Members of Departments that enforce the standard) – 8 members U (Users – i.e. members of departments that operate under the standard) – 6 members SE (Special Expert – i.e. people that aren’t in other classifications that have special expertise in the subject) 5 members L (Labor – i.e. Labor representatives concerned with safety – 7 members) C (Consumer – don’t fit in user) – 2 members I (Insurance) – 1 member
2001 the first edition issued. It was the first organized approach to defining levels of service, deployment capabilities and staffing levels for career Fire Departments. The first edition was very controversial. Since that time there have been two revisions and a third will be coming soon.
The purpose of the standard is to specify the minimum criteria addressing the effectiveness and efficiency of the career public fire suppression operations, emergency medical operations, and special operations delivery in protecting the citizens of the jurisdiction and the occupational safety and health of fire department employees.
The standard itself is a voluntary standard unless adopted through some means by the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). Once adopted, language in the standard stated as “Shall” is mandatory. The language in the appendix, annex, footnotes or fine print are not to be considered a part of the requirements.
Equivalency – Nothing from the standard prohibits the use of equivalent or superior of systems, methods or approaches
Alarm handling time (in accordance with 126.96.36.199) 80 seconds for fire and special ops turnout and 60 seconds for EMS turnout (Turnout Time) 240 seconds or less Travel Time to medical incidents. 480 seconds Travel Time or less for ALS response
Deployment Engine companies will arrive within 240-seconds travel time to 90% of incidents. Initial arriving companies shall have the capability to implement an initial rapid intervention crew (IRIC). The FD shall have the capability to deploy an initial full alarm assignments within 480-seconds travel time to 90% of incidents.
The initial full alarm assignment to a structure fire in a typical 2000 sq/ft two story single family home shall provide for: Establishment of Incident Command – 1 Establishment of water supply maintain by an operator – 1 Establishment of two handlines, two individuals on each – 4 Provision of one support person for each line – 2 Provision of one search and rescue team of two individuals – 2 Provision of a team of two to for ground ladders/ventilation – 2 If an aerial used – operator assigned – 1 Establishment of an IRIC of two – 2 Total 14/15
Significant Changes coming in Initial Full Alarm assignments for different types of occupancies.
Note: Added clarifying language to the Equivalency annex section.
Note: NFPA requires a specific number. The Technical Committee made it a minimum of five (5) and struck “or six” in 188.8.131.52.2 and made it a minimum of six (6) in new 184.108.40.206.2.1
Note: Adds a descriptive title and an EMS component to this section.
Note: New language addressing the level of Training, adoption of Standards required and inclusion of such in the Annual Report.
The fire department shall have the capability to deploy an initial full alarm assignment within a 480-second travel time to 90 percent of the incidents as established in Chapter 4. The initial full alarm assignment to a structure fire in a typical open-air strip shopping center ranging from 13,000 ft 2 to 196,000 ft 2 (1203 m 2 to 18,209 m 2 ) in size shall provide for the following:
Strip Malls IC x2 2 supply lines with 1 operator each 3 handlines with 2 FF each Support for each line – 1 each (x3) 2 S&R teams with 2 FF each 2 teams for ladders and ventilation with 2 FF each If Aerial used… 1 operator dedicated IRIC with minimum 2, increase to RIC with 4(1 Off - 3 FF) EMS with 2 TOTAL = 27/28 initial alarm
The fire department shall have the capability to deploy an initial full alarm assignment within a 480-second travel time to 90 percent of the incidents as established in Chapter 4. The initial full alarm assignment to a structure fire in a typical 1200 ft 2 (111 m 2 ) apartment within a three- story, garden-style apartment building shall provide for the following:
IC x2 2 supply lines with 1 operator each 3 handlines with 2 FF each Support for each line – 1 each (x3) 2 S&R teams with 2 FF each 2 teams for ladders and ventilation with 2 FF each If Aerial used… 1 operator dedicated IRIC with minimum 2, increase to RIC with 4(1 Off - 3 FF) EMS with 2 TOTAL = 27/28 initial alarm
High Rise Initial Full Alarm Assignment Capability 75 ft (~7 stories) above grade The fire department shall have the capability to deploy an initial full alarm assignment within a 610-second travel time to 90 percent of the incidents as established in Chapter 4.
IC with aide 1 operator for supply line to standpipe + 1 FF to the pump room if exists 2 handlines to the fire floor with 2 FF each 1 handline to the floor above with 2 FF 2 S&R teams with 2 FF each Officer with Aide- oversight on fire floor and floor above IRIC with minimum 2 -increase to RIC with 4 (1 Officer and 3 FF) 2 EVAC teams with 2 FF 1 FF elevator Ops 1 Safety Officer 1 officer in Staging (two floors below fire) 2 FF Rehab (1 ALS) Officer and 3 FF – Vertical Ventilation Officer – Lobby Ops 2 FF Transport equipment to Staging 1 Officer – Base Ops 2 EMS Crews with 2 FF (1 of each crew must be ALS) TOTAL = 43 initial alarm
1710 has a NITMAM (notice to make a motion) filed Will be heard at the Technical Meeting at the NFPA Conference in June The Body will vote to accept or reject and it will then go to the Standards Council for further action.
For more information: Go to: NFPA.org (click on Codes and Standards tab, write 1710 in the window) There are also manuals on 1710 and reporting on the IAFC and IAFF sites.