04/26/08 149 W - + 16 - 15 NFPA Apparatus Standards

From a reader, two new articles from Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment magazine provide details on revisions to the NFPA apparatus standard. The articles are by C. Bob Barraclough and Robert Tutterow. Some details:

So am I correct in assuming these are still “optional” for apparatus purchased by Depts in NC? I believe that some states stipulate that apparatus purchased “in all or part” by taxation funds must comply with the existing NFPA standards, but I don’t believe that NC is one of them. Anyone with insight on how these may apply in NC?
Olson - 04/27/08 - 11:55

The manufacturers will typically not build a fire apparatus unless it meets the current NFPA standard that is in effect. Too much liability, unless the purchaser signs a waiver. The NFPA 1901 ROP (Draft) for the 2009 edition is at http://www.nfpa.org/aboutthecodes/AboutT..

Jon, I am unaware of a N.C. (state) requirement for tax fund supported apparatus purchases to follow the NFPA standard. However, I believe the Wake Co. Fire Commission’s Apparatus Committee uses it as their standard.
A.Rich - 04/27/08 - 22:47

i also heard something about adding blue lights, is this correct?
JDH (Email) - 04/28/08 - 10:20

Ya’ know, I had heard something about the feds trying to come up with a “national” type lighting system. I mean, if you go to NJ blue lights are vollies, red lights are cops and chief officers of fire departments, but blue ligths down here are cops. That really wouldn’t surprise me if “they” did….
Silver - 04/28/08 - 14:56

yes thats what i heard from becky when i was in appleton the first of the year she also mentioned that she heard all fire apparatus needed to be updated as well, they were still trying to figure out the % of blue to red
JDH - 04/28/08 - 20:03

It does make sense. Many years ago there was a study done about emergency light visibility. Seems like blue was the most visible behind white and amber, respectively. I don’t remember much about the report, other than it was from the early 80s.

Oh, but I can see the firestorm brewing over light colors…if it ever comes to that.
DJ (Email) - 04/28/08 - 20:12

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