Author(s): Jesse Roman. Published on March 2, 2015.

NFPA Standards Council welcomes two new members

The NFPA Board of Directors has appointed two new members, Patricia A. Gleason and Gary S. Keith, to the NFPA Standards Council. Gleason and Keith both are serving three-year terms effective January 1.

Keith is vice president of Engineering Standards at FM Global in Norwood, Massachusetts. Until 2013, he worked for 18 years at NFPA as vice president of Field Operations, overseeing six divisions responsible for the outreach of NFPA’s fire safety mission. He has been a member of the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, a project dedicated to public education for home fire sprinklers, since its founding, and served as its president from 1996 to 2013.

Gleason is president and chief operating officer of the Safety Equipment Institute in McLean, Virginia, which operates certification programs for more than 50 types of safety and protective products. She is also on the Board of Directors of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). She has served on the NFPA Technical Committee on Hazardous Materials Protective Clothing and Equipment since 1998, and on the Correlating Committee for Protective Clothing and Equipment since 1995.

The NFPA Standards Council also reappointed current members Randall Bradley of Stanislaus (California) Consolidated Fire Protection District, and John Rickard of P3 Consulting to three-year terms. In addition, the Board appointed Chad Beebe of ASHE–AHA to his first official three-year term. Beebe had previously served on an interim basis.

NFPA launches electrical safety certification program

NFPA has launched a Certified Electrical Safety Worker certification program for electricians, based on the 2015 edition of NFPA 70E®, Electrical Safety in the Workplace®. The program’s aim is to ensure that electricians have the knowledge, training, and experience to perform their jobs at the highest and safest level possible.

The certification program was developed in collaboration with experts in the electrical safety field, including construction, industrial, and residential electricians and contractors; electrical engineers; electrical safety training organizations; and facilities managers and supervisors.

The certification includes a 100-item examination, along with a set of recertification requirements that must be completed within three years following initial certification. Candidates are assessed on understanding electrical safety-related work practices; establishing electrically safe work conditions; identifying precautionary techniques for work involving electrical hazards; and performing electrical hazard risk assessments.

For more information about the program, visit NFPA's certification webpage.

Collaboration is key in upcoming fire service needs assessment

NFPA is working with fire service stakeholders to ensure the upcoming Needs Assessment of the U.S. Fire Service survey is timely and contains information critical to evaluating first responder capacity across the country.

In February, representatives from a number of fire service organizations, including the U.S. Fire Administration, the International Association of Fire Fighters, the Metro Fire Chiefs, and others, met to provide input on the upcoming survey.

“This is the first time NFPA has held this kind of stakeholder meeting before we went out with the survey,” said Ken Willette, manager of NFPA’s Public Fire Protection Division. “We’ve had great surveys in the past, but we think it will be even stronger because of this collaboration.”

The survey, distributed to all U.S. fire departments, identifies the needs of departments nationwide and helps direct future efforts and improvements. The survey will be distributed in a digital format for the first time and will go out in November. Results will be released in the summer of 2016.

For information on previous fire service needs assessments, visit the Research section of the NFPA website.

JESSE ROMAN is staff write for NFPA Journal.