2020 NFPA 1408 Standard - Current Edition
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  • Description

    Give department personnel the training to stay up to date with the operation, care, use, and maintenance of thermal imaging technology utilized in fire service operations.

    The use of thermal imagers (TIs) is increasingly prevalent in firefighting and other emergency services. NFPA® 1408, Standard for Training Fire Service Personnel in the Operation, Care, Use and Maintenance of Thermal Imagers, offers general criteria for providing fire service personnel with the instruction to help effectively use thermal imagers in a variety of operations and applications.

    The standard intends to increase knowledge and proficiency of the operation, use, application, and limitations of thermal imaging. Requirements apply to all types of situations and activities ranging from fire attack, search, overhaul, and motor vehicle accidents to investigations, size-ups, hazardous material incidents, electrical emergencies, and urban search and rescue. NFPA 1408 is adaptable to variable conditions and serves as a tool for the evaluation of satisfactory performance during training.

    Content covers:

    • Thermal imager training program components
    • Training policies and procedures
    • Instructor requirements
    • Student prerequisites and more

    Upgrade to NFPA 1408, 2020 edition, for access to the latest provisions for fire service personnel thermal imager training.

    This first fully reviewed and revised edition of Standard for Training Fire Service Personnel in the Operation, Care, Use and Maintenance of Thermal Imagers is updated to account for the most current industry advancements and innovations.

    Notable changes to the standard include:

    • Amendments to extracted and referenced material for consistency and accuracy
    • Addition of a new chapter, Chapter 8, on the care and maintenance of thermal imagers, expanding on a requirement in Chapter 7 of the 2015 edition
    • New requirements addressing the operational limits of thermal imagers (end-users must be aware of those operational limits and not set expectations outside of those limits)

    Help ensure personnel are equipped to care for and operate thermal imagers to keep firefighting capabilities on the cutting edge.

    This vital standard is an essential resource for fire service instructors, company officers, and chief officers responsible for the safe, effective, and efficient use of thermal imagers on the fireground. Order your copy of NFPA 1408, Standard for Training Fire Service Personnel in the Operation, Care, Use and Maintenance of Thermal Imagers, 2020 edition, today.

  • Table of Contents (2020 Current Edition)

    NFPA® 1408 Standard for Training Fire Service Personnel in the Operation, Care, Use, and Maintenance of Thermal Imagers, 2020 Edition

    Chapter 1 Administration
    1.1 Scope.
    1.2 Purpose.
    1.3 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 Fire Service Thermal Imager Training Policy and Procedures
    4.1 General.
    4.2 Training Policies and Guidelines.
    Chapter 5 Thermal Imager Instructor Requirements
    5.1 Operation.
    5.2 Conducting Training Program.
    Chapter 6 Student Prerequisites
    6.1 General Requirements.
    Chapter 7 Thermal Imager Training Program Components
    7.1 Use and Limitations.
    Chapter 8 Thermal Imager Care and Maintenance
    8.1 General.
    8.2 Cleaning.
    8.3 Batteries.
    8.4 Storage.
    8.5 Service.
    Annex A Explanatory Material
    Annex B Informational References
  • Prior Editions

    2015 Edition

    Provide department members with top-quality training for thermal imagers using the all-new NFPA 1408.

    Thermal Imagers (TIs) are used by fire departments nationwide and are increasingly relied upon for fire fighting and other uses, such as to locate lost persons. In response to the field's growing use of TIs, NFPA® introduces NFPA 1408, Standard for Training Fire Service Personnel in the Operation, Care, Use, and Maintenance of Thermal Imagers. This important new Standard is a companion to the 2013 NFPA 1801, Standard on Thermal Imagers for the Fire Service. NFPA 1408 presents minimum requirements for training fire service personnel to utilize fire service thermal imagers in the full range of applications. It specifies evolutions that can be adapted to local conditions and serves as a standard mechanism for the evaluation of minimum acceptable performance during training.

    The Standard is designed to create competency in and knowledge about thermal imaging:

    • Operation
    • Application
    • Use
    • Limitations

    Coverage includes TI training policy and procedures, instructor requirements, student prerequisites, and training program components for all types of applications including search, fire attack, investigations, overhaul, motor vehicle accidents, size-up, hazardous materials incidents, electrical emergencies, Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) operations, and more.

    New NFPA 1408 is essential for fire service instructors, company officers, and chief officers responsible for the safe, effective, and efficient use of thermal imagers on the fireground. (Print, 9 pp., 2015)

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