2015 NFPA 1620 Standard - Current Edition
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    The 2015 NFPA 1620 spells out the preplanning process to help protect occupants, response personnel, property, and the environment.

    NFPA 1620: Standard for Pre-Incident Planning is used by the fire service, facilities managers, and city planners and administrators to develop pre-incident plans to assist responding personnel in effectively managing emergencies and destructive events.

    A detailed and effective preplan not only assists incident commanders in developing the right strategies, it can help apparatus officers make correct initial decisions during a structural fire or other event. There's a greater need for emergency responders to be ready for a wider range of scenarios, including epidemics and destructive weather events. Proper preplanning can also help identify ways to efficiently and safely evacuate areas.

    With expanded concerns, planners need a broader vision in which to gather information and improve the plan. For the 2015 NFPA 1620:

    • The Standard's Technical Committee provided greater emphasis on an All Hazards approach to pre-incident planning, to help maximize community resources.
    • New information on mass gatherings is also included, in light of recent incidents such as the Boston Marathon bombings involving terrorism and other mass casualty incidents involving hazardous materials.

    Maximize resources to minimize loss! Use NFPA 1620 to develop an effective and comprehensive preplan.

    NFPA 1620 also contains pre-incident planning case histories and information addressing special or unique characteristics of specific occupancy classifications, as well as sample forms for pre-incident planning. (Print, 44 pp., 2015)


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  • Table of Contents (2015 Current Edition)

    NFPA® 1620 Standard for Pre-Incident Planning, 2015 Edition

    Chapter 1 Administration
    1.1 Scope
    1.2 Purpose
    1.3 Application
    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 Pre-Incident Planning Process
    4.1 General
    4.2 Pre-incident Plan Development
    4.3 Data Collection
    4.4 Pre-Incident Plan Preparation
    4.5 Pre-Incident Plan Document
    4.6 Pre-Incident Plan Sketches
    4.7 Pre-Incident Plan Distribution
    4.8 Training
    4.9 During the Incident
    4.10 Post-Incident
    Chapter 5 Physical and Site Considerations
    5.1 General
    5.2 Construction
    5.3 Building Management Systems and Utilities
    5.4 External Site Conditions
    5.5 Internal and External Security Features
    5.6 Fences or Other Barriers
    5.7 Security Animals
    5.8 Security Systems
    5.9 General Overall Condition
    5.10 Communications
    5.11 Geospatial Position
    Chapter 6 Occupant Considerations
    6.1 General
    6.2 Life Safety Considerations
    6.3 On-Site Emergency Organization
    Chapter 7 Water Supplies and Fire Protection Systems
    7.1 General
    7.2 Water Supplies
    7.3 Water-Based Fire Protection Systems
    7.4 Non-Water-Based Fire Protection Systems
    7.5 Fire Alarm Systems
    7.6 Portable Fire Extinguishers
    7.7 Smoke Control Systems
    Chapter 8 Hazardous Hazards
    8.1 General
    8.2 Transient Conditions
    8.3 Inventory
    8.4 Explosives
    8.5 Flammable and Combustible Liquids
    8.6 Toxic or Biological Agents
    8.7 Radioactive Materials
    8.8 Reactive Chemicals and Materials
    8.9 Combustible Dusts/Particulate Solids
    8.10 Special Atmospheres
    Chapter 9 Vacant and Abandoned Structures
    9.1 General
    9.2 Temporary Conditions
    9.3 Physical and Site Considerations
    9.4 Potential Hazards
    9.5 Structure Markings
    9.6 Additional Hazards
    Chapter 10 Mass Gatherings
    10.1 General
    10.2 Incident Management System
    10.3 Pre-Planning
    Chapter 11 Emergency Operations
    11.1 General
    11.2 Incident Notification
    11.3 Incident Operations
    Chapter 12 Pre-Incident Plan Testing and Maintenance
    12.1 General
    12.2 Pre-Incident Plan Update
    12.3 Pre-Incident Plan Resources
    Annex A Explanatory Material
    Annex B Case Histories
    Annex C Special or Unique Characteristics of Occupancy Classifications
    Annex D Sample Pre-Incident Plan Field Collection Card and Facility Data Record
    Annex E Informational References
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