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.


Preparing the next generation of commanders

Preparing for the 4th edition of Fire Officer

I have been fortunate to contribute to our sacred profession of fire and rescue through the writing of a textbook that covers the NFPA 1021 Standard for Fire Officer Professional Standard covering Fire Officer I and II.

The first three editions of Fire Officer: Principles and Practice benefited from participation in discussion boards and blog sites and the mandatory annual working “vacation” at the Fire Department Instructor’s Conference.

The next edition of NFPA 1021 is scheduled for 2020, with the public input into the standard opening now.

It was hard writing the 1st edition. Took three rewrites and a lot of help from Gordon Routley. During that time I was an active participant on The WatchDesk – a Washington DC based discussion board that provided stimulating conversation, feedback and entertainment.

It is time to start working on the 4th edition. One purpose of this blog site is to work out ideas, concepts and practices for the person preparing to be a fire company supervisor (Lieutenant) or manager (Captain/Battalion Chief) for the 2020’s.

Come on along, it is going to be interesting!