NFPA 1720 Standard - Current Edition
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  • Description

    Help protect your community and improve the health and safety of fire department personnel by accessing the best practices specified in NFPA 1720, 2020 edition.

    Volunteer departments must maximize resources and be able to evaluate and improve firefighter safety and service to meet the modern challenges of local firefighting operations. 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 a framework for defining levels of service, deployment capabilities, and staffing requirements for volunteer and combination fire departments.

    The standard provides general provisions for:

    • Effective and efficient organization and deployment of fire suppression operations, emergency medical operations, and special operations to the public
    • The functions and outcomes of fire department emergency service delivery, response capabilities, and resources
    • Managing resources and systems, such as health and safety, incident management, training, communications, and pre-incident planning
    • Strategic and system issues involving the organization, operation, and deployment of a fire department

    The 2020 edition offers revised and expanded content to reflect the most current industry occupational hazards, operating procedures, and safety concerns.

    NFPA 1720 is a vital resource for more efficiently and effectively managing volunteer fire departments to serve your community better. The latest edition features several changes, including:

    • The addition of fire prevention and fire investigation practices
    • New annex material clarifying the definition of volunteer fire department
    • Inclusion of a plan development requirement for authorities having jurisdiction to use to address those identified areas of NFPA 1720 not being met or that could develop over the next 3 years
    • A new requirement that pre-incident plans be in accordance with NFPA 1620, Standard for Pre-Incident Planning

    Reference cutting-edge information to help improve the level of service and response times of volunteer fire departments.

    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, is a powerful tool for helping to protect citizens and supporting the safety and health of fire department employees. Help make sure your department is up-to-date and compliant by placing your order for the 2020 edition today.

    Are you 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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