Special Notice!!! Please Read!

As many of you know, NFPA has been going through a document consolidation plan. NFPA 1031, Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Inspector and Plans Examiner, has been consolidated into NFPA 1030, Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Prevention Program Positions. The First Draft Report was posted on August 18, 2021. It is now open for public comment. The closing date for public comment is November 12, 2021. I highly encourage inspectors to read over the new draft. The NFPA technical committee has grossly watered down the requirements for a basic fire inspector, now called a “First Responder Inspector.”
The previous Fire Inspector 1, 2, and 3 have been combined into the “Fire Inspector.” However, the committee has come up with a new position, the “First Responder Inspector.” This person will be authorized to go out and perform whatever inspections the AHJ is willing to permit. The requirement for this position are way below what used to be required of a Fire Inspector 1. It is my opinion that the committee is taking inspections backwards, 40 years.
Back in October of 1981, I was given the authority to go out and administer the provisions of the Fire Safety Code of Montgomery County. This was done before there were any standards. This is what we are going back to. We have made great advancements to the cause of code enforcement over the past 40 years.
We need Fire Marshals and Fire Inspectors to submit public comments concerning this document. If professionals in this discipline do not speak up, this will become the standard in 2023. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
George Malone
Operations Manager, Collin College Fire Academy

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