NFPA 1720 Standard - Current Edition
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    NFPA 1720, Standard for the Organization and Deployment of Fire Suppression Operations, Emergency Medical Operations, and Special Operations to the Public by Volunteer Fire Departments offers the most current best practices for efficiently managing volunteer fire department resources to better serve your community. The 2020 edition includes the latest information on fire prevention practices and investigations, new annex material to clarify the definition of a volunteer fire department, and additional revised and updated requirements.

    Interested in other editions of NFPA 1720? Use the drop down menu above to select the edition year you need.

  • Table of Contents (2020 Current Edition)

    NFPA® 1720 Standard for the Organization and Deployment of Fire Suppression Operations, Emergency Medical Operations, and Special Operations to the Public by Volunteer Fire Departments, 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 Organization, Operation, and Deployment
    4.1 Fire Suppression Organization.
    4.2 Community Risk Management.
    4.3 Staffing and Deployment.
    4.4 Reporting Requirements.
    4.5 Fire Suppression Operations.
    4.6 Initial Firefighting Operations.
    4.7 Sustained Firefighting Operations.
    4.8 Intercommunity Organization.
    4.9 Emergency Medical Services (EMS).
    4.10 Special Operations.
    Chapter 5 Systems
    5.1 Safety and Health System.
    5.2 Incident Management System.
    5.3 Training Systems.
    5.4 Communications System.
    5.5 Pre-Incident Planning.
    Annex A Explanatory Material
    Annex B Risk Management Model
    Annex C Informational References
  • Prior Editions

    2014 Edition

    Update to the 2014 NFPA 1720 for the latest best practices for managing volunteer fire departments for better public fire safety.

    In our changing world, managing volunteer fire department resources is more challenging than ever before. That's why every department needs the 2014 edition of NFPA 1720, Standard for the Organization and Deployment of Fire Suppression Operations, Emergency Medical Operations, and Special Operations to the Public by Volunteer Fire Departments. This vital Standard provides the latest best practices for organization and deployment of fire suppression operations, emergency medical operations, and special operations to the public by all volunteer fire departments.

    Provide the finest fire service to communities and maximize company resources.

    Revisions in the 2014 edition clarify that arriving company resources should be able to handle an offensive attack on a low hazard occupancy, or provide emergency medical care to up to two patients.

    NFPA 1720 prepares you to evaluate and improve the levels of fire fighter safety and service delivery within communities.

    The Standard also discusses incident management systems, training systems, and communications systems. (Softbound, 18 pp., 2014)

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