Which NFPA codes do you need to consider when you build your next fire station? That is somewhat of a trick question, according to Ken Holland, a fire service specialist with the NFPA. There isn't one set of standards for fire stations, partly because of the varying occupancy definitions and elements that can be found in fire stations across the country.
Some fire stations are used for training or public education; others have sleeping areas and living quarters; still others have large community rooms. That wide range of variables can be covered by an even wider range of NFPA codes. To help explain it all, Holland will present "NFPA Codes and Fire Stations" at the 2012 Station Style Conference, April 29–May 1 in Phoenix.
Holland — a former career firefighter with the Bridgewater (Mass.) Fire Department — will present an overview of what is in the NFPA codes currently and how it would apply in fire stations. His presentation will cover questions that are routinely asked about smoke ejectors and drains, as well as how to properly store EMS equipment and turnout gear.
“Frequently we’re asked if we have requirements that prohibit fire poles,” Hollard said. He will answer that question and more during his pre-conference program.
Later in the conference, Robert “Butch” Cobb — director of community mitigation for the Insurance Service Offices — Cobb will update attendees on the pending changes to the ISO rating schedule, several which will apply to fire stations and equipment.
Cobb recently spoke at the Arizona Instructors Conference, where he focused on changes that will impact training and the ISO ratings. I spoke with him after his presentation about the impact on fire stations or public-safety facilities, which prompted his Station Style presentation.
It’s never too soon to start thinking about your next fire station—whether a renovation or new facility. Our conference is designed for individuals who are considering a new station and those who are in the process of designing or building a new station. We offer programs that will save you money by preventing errors from selecting an architect to construction materials and air quality systems to kitchen equipment.
It’s not too late to register for the 2012 Station Style Conference. Join us in Phoenix and start planning your next station the right way.