A draft of the National Fire Protection Association’s first proposed ambulance standard was expected to be available for public viewing early this month on the NFPA’s Web site.
The draft standard, having been approved by the organization’s ambulance committee, was scheduled for a vote in late October by the NFPA Standards Council, the final hurdle before it could be posted for public comment.
Anyone may propose changes to the document, and the deadline for submitting them is Dec. 15. The ambulance committee is scheduled to consider proposed changes in meetings on Feb. 9 and 10.
The NFPA’s 1901 apparatus standard was used by the committee as a template for writing the draft ambulance document, according to Larry Stewart, an NFPA fire service specialist who served as liaison to the committee.
In addition, he said, the committee used two other documents in developing the draft standard – the federal specification for purchasing ambulances known as KKK-A-1822 and standards developed by the Ambulance Manufacturers Division (AMD) of the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA).
NFPA officials decided to develop their own standard because fire service and industry leaders felt more stringent ambulance safety and manufacturing requirements were needed beyond the KKK-A-1822 specification and the AMD standards.