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What are the NFPA 1670 and 1006 Standards?

NFPA Standards have become the de-facto global standards for those who respond to technical search and rescue incidents with the goal of ensuring effectiveness, providing a common framework for rescue training and operations, and limiting liability. The Standards cover technical rescue disciplines including rope rescue, surface water rescue, vehicle and machinery rescue, confined space rescue, structural collapse rescue, and trench rescue. Both Standards are reviewed and updated every four years. Copies can be purchased from the NFPA.

The NFPA 1670 Standard outlines the level of “functional capability” for organizations like fire departments, search and rescue teams etc. who respond to technical search and rescue incidents. The goal of the 1670 Standard is to outline how to conduct operations safely and effectively while minimizing threats to rescuers. The 1670 Standard is intended to help the “Agency Having Jurisdiction” (AHJ) assess technical rescue hazards within a given response area, identify the level of operational capability required for each hazard, and establish guidelines for training and incident response. It is primarily used by emergency response agencies to guide their technical rescue training, equipment and operations. All of our techncial rescue courses meet and exceed this standard.

Conversely, the NFPA 1006 Standard is for individuals seeking verification that their technical rescue skills meet minimum job performance requirements as defined by the NFPA for the purposes of instructing or professional consulting. Upon completion of a formal skill evaluation by an independent third-party, the candidate is considered a “rescue technician”. Raven Rescue is able to host skill evaluations against the NFPA 1006 Standard through a partnership with North Vancouver District Fire Rescue. These result in a certification from the ProBoard Fire Service Professional Qualifications System which carries considerable prestige.

From the ProBoard website:

Pro Board recognized certification from an accredited entity is a statement of success, an indisputable mark of performance belonging to individual fire service professionals. Each successful candidate for certification from an accredited entity knows that he or she has been measured against peers and meets rigorous national standards. Certification affords the individual a uniformity and portability of qualifications.  In addition, the credibility of an organization is enhanced by having members certified to national consensus standards.  A high percentage of certified members within a department should certainly help managers in their pursuit of adequate funding at budget time.


For more information, please contact the NFPA.

National Fire Protection Agency
1 Batterymarch Park
Quincy , MASSACHUSETTS 02169
Website: http://www.nfpa.org


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