2020 NFPA 600 - Current Edition
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  • Description

    Reference the latest requirements for the safer and more effective operation of fire brigades serving a facility.

    A primary concern of the facility fire protection industry is safeguarding people and property in the workplace from fire-related occupational dangers. NFPA® 600, Standard on Facility Fire Brigades, helps ensure facility fire brigades responsible for preventing and responding to hazards and conditions existing within a particular facility are organized and prepared to deal with protection challenges in all types of environments.

    The standard offers comprehensive criteria for organizing, operating, training, and equipping fire brigades in both industrial and non-industrial settings. NFPA 600 also specifies provisions for the health and safety of brigade members and any other dedicated groups of personnel responsible for responding to fires within a facility.

    Content covers performing incipient stage and advanced exterior and interior structural fire fighting as well as fire brigade fundamentals such as:

    • Standard operating procedures
    • Drills and education
    • Risk management policies
    • Incident management systems
    • Organization-wide responsibilities
    • Brigade equipment and apparatus
    • Medical and physical job requirements
    • Personal protective equipment

    NFPA 600, Standard on Facility Fire Brigades, is significantly revised for increased usability and relevance.

    The 2020 edition features several modifications to increase the scope of the standard and provide stakeholders with more concise language.

    Notable changes include:

    • New material in Chapter 1 for facility fire brigades that respond to offsite fire emergencies in conjunction with local fire departments
    • Update that individual(s) designated by senior management are responsible for the organization, management, and non-emergency response functions of the facility fire brigade
    • Expanded definitions in Chapter 3 to include specific details about potential time intervals and adding timing flexibility
    • Modified language in several areas of Chapter 4 providing clarification on responsibilities to indicate who is in charge of an incident when an incipient fire occurs and to provide direction for designated representatives within an organizational statement
    • Edited definition of the role of the facility fire brigade leader to avoid potential confusion about responsibilities during a fire emergency
    • Mandatory language added regarding the requirement to develop a site-specific risk management policy for employees who serve as facility fire brigade members to clarify the potential risks that are involved with responding to a fire emergency
    • Amended Section 4.11 to reflect proper inventory management, so the items needed for a response are readily available
    • New provision In Chapter 6 to better ensure protective thermal clothing and protective equipment is used and maintained according to NFPA 1851, Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting, to help ensure the proper protection of facility fire brigade members during a fire emergency
    • Revised Annex A to cite federal regulations accurately and to match the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.156, 'Fire Brigades'

    Help ensure facility fire brigades have the cutting-edge knowledge and training to reduce risks and minimize loss in an emergency.

    Emergency brigades, emergency response teams, fire teams, and plant emergency organizations are critical first lines of defense for industrial facilities as well as college campuses, hospitals, and other non-industrial settings. Improve occupancy safety and help ensure compliance by ordering your copy of NFPA 600, Standard on Facility Fire Brigades, 2020 edition, today.

  • Table of Contents (2020 Current Edition)

    NFPA® 600 Standard on Facility Fire Brigades, 2020 Edition

    Chapter 1 Administration
    1.1 Scope.
    1.2 Purpose.
    1.3 Application.
    1.4 Equivalency.
    1.5 Units and Formulas.
    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 Facility Fire Brigade Fundamentals
    4.1 General.
    4.2 Organization and Administration.
    4.3 Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).
    4.4 Incident Management System (IMS).
    4.5 Risk Management Policy.
    4.6 Training and Education.
    4.7 Drills.
    4.8 Training and Drill Records.
    4.9 Responsibilities in the Facility Fire Brigade Organization.
    4.10 Medical and Job-Related Physical Requirements.
    4.11 Facility Fire Brigade Equipment.
    4.12 Facility Fire Brigade Apparatus.
    Chapter 5 Facility Fire Brigades That Perform Incipient Stage Fire Fighting
    5.1 General.
    5.2 Limits for Facility Fire Brigades Assigned Incipient Fire-Fighting Response Duties.
    5.3 Education, Training, and Drills.
    5.4 Protective Clothing and Protective Equipment.
    5.5 Medical.
    Chapter 6 Facility Fire Brigades That Perform Advanced Exterior or Interior Structural Fire Fighting
    6.1 General.
    6.2 Limits of Facility Fire Brigades Assigned Both Advanced Exterior and Interior Structural Fire-Fighting Response Duties.
    6.3 Operational Requirements.
    6.4 Education, Training, and Drills.
    6.5 Protective Clothing and Protective Equipment.
    6.6 Medical.
    Annex A Explanatory Material
    Annex B Informational References
  • Prior Editions

    2015 Edition

    Follow more user-friendly requirements in the 2015 NFPA 600, Standard on Facility Fire Brigades.

    Renamed for the 2015 edition, NFPA 600, Standard on Facility Fire Brigades supports this critical line of defense in both industrial and non-industrial settings. The fully reorganized Standard presents minimum requirements for fire brigade organization, operation, training, and equipment necessary for prompt and effective first response in a fire emergency. It also contains requirements for the occupational safety and health of industrial fire brigade members while performing fire fighting and related activities.

    Comprehensive and user-friendly, the 2015 edition of NFPA 600 covers:

    • Education, training, and drills
    • Organization
    • Medical and job-related physical requirements
    • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

    The 2015 NFPA 600 also contains specific chapters on:

    • Incipient stage fire fighting
    • Interior structural fire fighting and advanced exterior fire fighting, with common requirements grouped for easier referencing

    Ensure every facility fire brigade is organized and has the knowledge required to handle fire protection challenges in all types of environments -- from industrial facilities to non-industrial settings such as college and hospital campuses. (Print, 22 pp., 2015)


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