Monday, January 16, 2017

Time Requirements for Common Fire Prevention Tasks

What is the standard time frame for common fire prevention tasks? How long should inspections activities, plan reviews, or investigations take? How can we know the amount of man hours to assign to tasks?  NFPA 1730, provides some basic guidance on required timeframes for existing inspections, plan review, fire investigations and public education activities.

All timeframes are based on a complete community risk assessment (CRA). Information contained in the CRA will be required to determine time required for each task.

Existing Inspections -

  1. Determine amount of buildings in each risk category.
  2. Determine the total amount of buildings at each inspection frequency - annual, biennial, and triennial.
  3. Determine total number of buildings that need to be inspected annually.
  4. Divide the total number of buildings that need to be inspected biennially into a 2 year rotation.
  5. Divide the total number of buildings that need to be inspected triennially into a 3 year rotation.
  6. You will now have the total number of inspections that must be completed every year.
  7. Determine the average time required to conduct an inspection.  This determination should take into consideration: travel time, inspection process, research and paperwork, and follow-up or re-inspections.
  8. You will now have the total man hours required.
  9. Apply the 5 steps outlined in NFPA 1730 to determine the amount of personnel needed to complete this task.
Plan Review/Field Inspections -
  1. Based on occupancy type and/or building complexity. Tables 7.6.2(a) and 7.6.2(b) provide time requirements based on occupancy and construction type.  
  2. Based on number of sprinkler heads or alarm devices. Tables 7.6.3(a) and 7.6.3(b) provide time requirements based on number of devices.
  3. Field inspection time is double the plan review time. 
Investigations - 
  1. Departments should establish standard operating guidelines for minimum amount of personnel required at a fire investigation.  The utilization of Company Officers for initial investigations is strongly encouraged.
  2. Time required to conduct a fire investigation should include: on-scene time, travel time, report writing, research, follow-up, court appearance, preparation, and data entry. A complete list of items is included in NFPA 1730, section
Public Education -
  1. Determine what programs are going to be offered.
  2. Determine how many times the program will be offered.
  3. Consider time required for each program. Time considerations should include: research and development of the program, promotion of the program, delivery of the program, and follow-up activities.
These are the recommended items for consideration when determining time required for fire prevention tasks, as outlined in NFPA 1730.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Join My Book Launch Street Team

On January 23, 2017 I will be releasing my newest book, Sun Tzu and the Art of Fireground Leadership.
The Art of War, by Sun Tzu is the oldest military work in existence.  Written in 500 BC, this ancient work on military tactics is still studied by today’s warriors.  The principles for victorious warfare laid out by Sun Tzu can also be applied to fire service leadership and fireground tactics.  The Art of Fireground Leadership breaks down the contents of Art of War into four key principles required for fire service success - preparation, responsibility, tactics, leadership.
I am looking for a few good people to join the street team to get the word out!  Here’s what street team members get:
  • FREE digital copy of the book
  • Eligible for weekly drawing for books and prizes
  • List of tweets to share on social media
  • Exclusive group membership/networking
What I want from you:
  • Post a review of the book on Amazon
  • Share and post about the book on social media
On the week of January 23, I will be tweeting every 15 minutes for the entire day. I would love for you to do the same!

Monday, January 2, 2017

2016 Reading List

Looking for a way to spend those Amazon gift cards? This year I read more than I had in previous years.  I read more fiction to stimulate creative thinking and imagination. I read more fire/emergency/disaster specific books.  Here’s what I was reading in 2016.

Will It Fly?, Pat Flynn
Plan 4 It, Tim Cool
Key Person of Influence, Harrington/Priestly
Booked, Josh Turner
House of Lies, Martin Kihn
Mentoring 101, John Maxwell
The McKinsey Mind, Rasiel/Friga
Visual Theology, Challies/Byers
The Rich Employee, James Altucher
The Firm, Duff McDonald
Flirting With Disaster, Gerstein/Ellsberg
The Single Family Office, Richard Wilson
Ask., Ryan Levesque
The Effective Executive, Peter Drucker
The Millionaire Booklet, Grant Cardone

Salvation Boulevard, Larry Beinhart
Alpha, Greg Rucka
Seduction of the Innocent, Max Allan Collins
Quarry, Max Allan Collins
Sleep Tight, Jeff Jacobson
Stateline, Dave Stanton
Malevolent, EH Rhinehard

Past Reading Lists