January 4th deadline for NFPA 1021 public comments

Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications

The committee process to update existing NFPA standards has started for NFPA 1021 Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications (2020). You have two opportunities to provide input to the technical committee.

From the NFPA “How the process works”

The NFPA standards development process encourages public participation in the development of its standards. All NFPA standards are revised and updated every three to five years, in revision cycles that begin twice each year. Normally a standard’s cycle takes approximately two years to complete. Each revision cycle proceeds according to a published schedule which includes final dates for each stage in the standards development process. The four fundamental steps in the NFPA standards development process are:

  1. Public Input
  2. Public Comment
  3. NFPA Technical Meeting (Tech Session)
  4. Standards Council Action (Appeals and Issuance of Standard)

If not an existing NFPA member, you will need to create a free account. The first round of public comments close January 4th. You can start your public comment process here.


Excuse the Electronic Mess

Company Commander is getting updated and refocused for 2018. Don’t mind the chaos.

The process is starting to revise NFPA 1021 Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications that will be released in 2020.

We will be focusing on the needs of the Fire Officer I and II. Depending on your department that represents the ranks from Sergeant to Battalion Chief.

I am in the process of adding features, there is going to be some electronic chaos as I add features and work out some bugs … like the current one when you attempt to sign up.

Appreciate your patience.



The Battle over Kentland Ambulance 339

I did not join the VFD to ride an ambulance!

I was working as an Assistant Professor at The George Washington University in the Spring of 2007. There was a war developing between the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department and the county fire agency.

This fascinating story evolved into an EMS Management case study. The county battles a high profile VFD over ambulance staffing … but ambulance coverage was not the real issue

Kentland VFD prevailed in their court case that was in progress when I completed this study. Ambulance 833 is in service at Kentland, staffed 24/7/365 by county firefighters.

While “ancient,” this report continues to get dozens of downloads from an academic research site. I am withdrawing the case study from that site and posting the report here.

You can access this report by signing up to be a Company Commander subscriber.