NFPA 1403: The Fire Instructor's Risk Management Tool!

  • Room: 132-133
Friday, April 28, 2017: 10:30 AM - 12:15 PM


Walter Morris
Training Program Manager
Maine Fire Service Institute
United States


The first edition of NFPA 1403, the Standard on Live Fire Training Evolutions was developed in response to the tragic loss of two firefighters during a training accident in Boulder, Colorado in 1982. Issued in 1986, NFPA 1403 provided guidelines and best practices to ensure the delivery of safe and effective firefighter training evolutions. Revisions and updates through the years resulted in new editions of this important Standard being published in 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007 and the current 2012 edition that became effective on December 13, 2011. The Boulder tragedy was not the first tragic loss of firefighters due to a training incident and unfortunately too many firefighters have lost their lives in training accidents since 1982. Recent incidents have occurred in small rural communities like Lairdsville, NY and in large cities including Baltimore, MD. The provisional report released by the United States Fire Administration on January 8, 2008 indicated that there were 115 on-duty firefighter fatalities in the United States in 2007. Eleven (11) of these fatalities involved firefighters participating in training evolutions (9.6% of the total). No one questions the value of firefighter training, especially effective training presented under realistic conditions. The NFPA 1403 Standard is an extremely valuable risk management tool. All Fire Instructors must be familiar with the requirements of this important document.


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