2020 NFPA 1201 Standard - Current Edition
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  • Description

    Get the guidance to help improve organizational aspects of providing fire and emergency services in your community.

    With the persistent threat of fire and dangers relating to natural disasters, epidemics, and terrorist attacks, communities broadly rely on the services and support offered by hazard response agencies. NFPA 1201, Standard for Providing Fire and Emergency Services to the Public, 2020 edition, is a leading resource for helping to ensure these departments and organizations are capable of protecting people and minimizing damage to property, infrastructure, and the local environment.

    The standard applies to both municipal and private fire emergency service organizations (FESOs). Requirements cover everything from governance and administration and community planning to emergency operations, code enforcement, and more. NFPA 1201 promotes cultivating stronger alliances within communities, administrations, and other response agencies that play a role in:

    • Fire prevention and suppression
    • Public life safety education
    • Emergency management
    • Rescue and emergency medical service
    • Hazardous materials response
    • Law enforcement (e.g., incident investigation, code application enforcement)
    • Response to other emergencies

    The revised and expanded NFPA 1201 offers the most current criteria for safe, effective, and efficient all-hazard emergency service operations.

    The 2020 edition of the Standard for Providing Fire and Emergency Services to the Public reflects the latest industry knowledge and best practices. The document features a variety of updates that can impact you in your job.

    Notable changes include:

    • Revisions to Chapter 4, Governance and Administration, with added requirements
    • Altered provisions for projecting future emergency service needs from 20 years to 10 years to align with the accepted practice for master planning
    • Added requirement to identify company staffing models as part of intercommunity organization
    • Updated references, extracted material, and definitions for improved accuracy and clarity throughout

    Have confidence you are accessing the most relevant requirements for providing the public with fire and emergency services.

    NFPA is a leading organization focused on providing the resources and support to reduce the impacts of fire and emergency hazards. Keep your information and operations on the cutting edge with NFPA 1201, Standard for Providing Fire and Emergency Services to the Public, 2020 edition.

  • Table of Contents (2020 Current Edition)

    NFPA® 1201 Standard for Providing Fire and Emergency Services to the Public, 2020 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 Governance and Administration
    4.1 Governing Authority Responsibilities.
    4.2 Scope of Authority.
    4.3 Concept of Risk.
    4.4 Master Planning.
    4.5 Organizational Structure.
    4.6 Intercommunity Organization (Mutual Aid and Automatic Aid).
    4.7 Finance.
    4.8 Asset Control.
    4.9 Audit.
    4.10 Risk Management Plan.
    4.11 Professional Development.
    4.12 Emergency Management Program.
    4.13 Management Information Systems (MIS).
    4.14 Communications.
    4.15 Annual Report.
    Chapter 5 Engineering
    5.1 General.
    5.2 Community Planning.
    5.3 Water Supply.
    Chapter 6 Code Administration
    6.1 Code Enforcement.
    6.2 Zoning Regulations.
    6.3 Building Regulations.
    6.4 Investigations.
    Chapter 7 Public Education
    7.1 Purpose.
    7.2 Responsibility.
    Chapter 8 Emergency Operations
    8.1 General.
    8.2 Incident Management.
    8.3 Standard of Response Coverage.
    8.4 Deployment of Resources.
    8.5 Safety, Health, and Risk Management.
    8.6 Incident Reporting.
    8.7 Emergency Medical Service Protocols.
    Annex A Explanatory Material
    Annex B Informational References
  • Prior Editions

    2015 Edition

    Follow the latest guidelines in the 2015 NFPA 1201 to protect lives, property, critical infrastructure, and the environment from the effects of hazards.

    A critical guide for developing organizational aspects of All-Hazards Response Agencies, 2015 NFPA 1201, Standard for Providing Fire and Emergency Services to the Public fosters developing partnerships with the community, administration, and other response agencies -- especially in light of greater hazards such as terrorism and epidemic events.

    The Standard provides recommendations for the structure and operation of emergency service organizations:

    • Municipal and private fire services dealing with financial, personnel, and emergency management
    • Prevention activity including public education, code enforcement, and fire investigation
    • Communications
    • Equipment and facilities

    New in the 2015 edition:

    • "Authority Having Jurisdiction" has been changed to the "Governing Authorities of a Jurisdiction" to provide clarity in determining ultimate authority.
    • "Risk Assessment" has been changed to "Community Risk Reduction" to better define the process of reducing overall risk to the community.
    • To improve the quality and accuracy of data analysis, the Standard also now explicitly states that incident data shall be submitted to the appropriate state, provincial, and national reporting systems.

    Stay up-to-code and make fire and emergency services more efficient and effective.

    NFPA 1201 also outlines the roles and responsibilities regarding fire service response capabilities to fire suppression, emergency medical services, and special operations, including hazardous materials response. Update now. (Print, 18 pp., 2015)

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