NFPA 1451: Standard for a Fire and Emergency Service Vehicle Operations Training Program

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Safeguard fire fighters, emergency responders, and the public. Follow NFPA 1451 up-to-date training procedures for safe incident response.

Revised with updated requirements, the 2013 edition of NFPA 1451: Standard for a Fire and Emergency Service Vehicle Operations Training Program specifies the minimum requirements for a fire and emergency service vehicle operations training program (except for aircraft, watercraft, and law enforcement), including safety procedures for those members who drive or occupy fire and emergency service vehicles.

NFPA 1451 emphasizes safety considerations in all areas, including for:

  • Fire departments
  • EMS
  • Other emergency service organizations that respond to emergencies

New in the 2013 edition:

  • An added section on training for hazard prevention including EMS, with checklists
  • Added training for additional safety systems such as antilock brakes (ABS), vehicle stability, and traffic control systems
  • A change in the highway safety incident section to meet the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD)
  • Requirement for SOPs on other means of transportation such as ATVs and bikes

NFPA 1451 also guides the development of a written training program including the organizational procedures for training, vehicle maintenance, and identifying equipment deficiencies. It's essential for fire and emergency services data management and recordkeeping staff. (Softbound, 32 pp., 2013)

NFPA® 1451 Standard for a Fire and Emergency Service Vehicle Operations Training Program 2013 Edition

Chapter 1 Administration
1.1 Scope
1.2 Purpose
1.3 Application
1.4 Equivalency
Chapter 2 Referenced Publications
2.1 General
2.2 NFPA Publications
2.3 Other Publications
2.4 References for Extracts in Mandatory Sections
Chapter 3 Definitions
3.1 General
3.2 NFPA Official Definitions
3.3 General Definitions
Chapter 4 General Rules and Considerations
4.1 General
4.2 Operations Training Program
4.3 Coordinated Administrative Policies
Chapter 5 Training and Education
5.1 General
5.2 Training Frequency
5.3 Basic Training and Education Requirements
5.4 Instructor Qualifications
5.5 Training Program Safety
5.6 Training Records
Chapter 6 Laws and Liabilities
6.1 General
6.2 Financial Protection
6.3 Member Assistance Program
Chapter 7 Emergency Response
7.1 General
7.2 Emergency Response Considerations
Chapter 8 Crash and Injury Prevention
8.1 General
8.2 FESO Vehicle Drivers'/Operators' Responsibility
8.3 Responsibility of Persons Riding in or on FESO Vehicles
8.4 Apparatus Prone to Rollover
8.5 Safe Operations at Highway Incidents
8.6 Ambulance Operation
Chapter 9 Crash Review
9.1 General
9.2 Crash and Injury Reports and Records
Chapter 10 Vehicle and Apparatus Care
10.1 FESO and Aircraft Rescue/Fire-Fighting Vehicles and Apparatus
10.2 Inspection, Maintenance, and Repair of Vehicles
10.3 Vehicle Records
Annex A Explanatory Material
Annex B Emergency Vehicle Hazard Avoidance Checklist
Annex C Informational References