Safety Features and Standards

Review of CAN/ULC- S515-12 Standard for Automobile Fire Fighting Apparatus

Written by FAMA member Jeff Aiken, this article on Canadian firefighting and emergency services standards and revisions ran in Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment magazine.

Review of CAN/ULC- S515-12 Standard April, 2013

Graphical Symbols for Automotive Fire Apparatus

This document gives the fire and rescue community an option for labeling common controls with a graphical representation of their function. This can be either in place of, or in addition to, the traditional text description. Some symbols have been adopted from already established sources, and many of the symbols are identical or similar to those being developed for use in Europe. While FAMA apparatus and equipment manufacturers are not required to use these symbols, this resource can be used by those fire departments who wish to specify industry standard text-free control symbols on their apparatus.

FAMA White Paper (pdf) Jan, 2013

Standard Product Safety Sign Catalog for Automotive Fire Apparatus

FAMA was approached by a Fire Chief who is a member of the committee responsible for NFPA 170 Standard for Fire Safety and Emergency Symbols. The committee desired to have the same safety signs on apparatus regardless of who had manufactured them. FAMA responded by developing a catalog of safety signs addressing common apparatus hazards. While no manufacturer is required to use these signs, this resource can be used by those fire departments who wish to specify industry standard safety signs on their apparatus.

FAMA White Paper (pdf) Dec, 2012

Fire Apparatus New Technology

There are tens of thousands of out-dated fire apparatus on the road. "Gimme What you
Got" is an informative discussion by trial lawyer Jim Juneau on the role of new
technology in fire apparatus, and why it is important for departments to consider
embracing the latest apparatus technology.

Gimme What You Got - (.ppt or .pdf) Apr, 2008

NFPA 1901 - 2009 Update

NFPA 1901 Standard for Automotive Fire Apparatus has been significantly revised for
2009. This standard takes effect on all apparatus contracted for on or after January 1,
2009. Major new safety features have been added as well as a completely new chapter on
1901 trailer specifications. These presentations provide an overview of the most
significant changes. These are "must-reads" for truck committees considering a purchase
in 2009 or beyond.

NFPA 1901 2009 Update - Carl Peterson - (.ppt or .pdf) Apr, 2008
NFPA 1901 2009 Changes - (.ppt or .pdf) Apr, 2008

Old Apparatus Replacement or Refurbishment

Fire chiefs who maintain old apparatus in their fleets must be aware of the liability they may incur, both in terms of fire fighter safety, and in terms of the broader safety of the
public their departments serve. The NFPA recognizes the importance of either
refurbishing or replacing old apparatus and they provide guidance in the Annex of both
the 1901 and 1906 standards.

Annex D - Repair, Refurbish or Replace - (.ppt or .pdf) Nov, 2007

Safety Standards and Fire Apparatus

Why is it important for a fire chief to consider safety features and standards compliance
in his fleet? This question is answered in a straight-forward presentation that can be
used to educate fire department personnel, purchasing authorities, and government
officials in the importance of NFPA standard compliance.

Selling the Standards Presentation - (.pps or .pdf) Nov, 2007

Advances in Fire Apparatus Designs and Standards

This spreadsheet lists the fire apparatus design and safety features enhancements that
have been adopted by the industry over the years. Each feature references the year that it
became part of an NFPA standard. This spreadsheet can be used by an apparatus
committee to determine what features an old apparatus may be missing when compared
to the latest fire fighting technology.

Narrative Aug, 2005
Preface Aug, 2005
Improvements - .pdf Aug, 2005