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2020 NFPA 1521 Standard for Fire Department Safety Officer

Product Code/ISBN: NFPA 1521-20

Take confidence your departmet health and safety officers have the knowledge and skill sets to perform their jobs to the latest standards.

Being in a position where the actions you take and the decisions you make can have an impact on the well-being of fire service personnel is a significant responsibility. NFPA® 1521, Standard for Fire Department Safety Officer Professional Qualifications,, 2020 edition, outlines the minimum job performance requirements (JPRs) of candidates for these crucial roles.

This vital document covers the provisions for executing duties as a health safety officer and incident safety officer. Fire department safety officers acquire the most current requirements for professional duties, responsibilities, and qualifications as well as best-practices for organization and position appointments within a department.

NFPA 1521, 2020 edition, is revised to account for the latest information and potential hazards to fire personnel.

This essential standard for fire departments and anyone involved in assessing the qualifications of safety officers is based on experience and insight from a broad scope of industry experts. The first significant revision since becoming a Professional Qualifications document in the JPR format, the 2020 edition features changes and additions that include the following:

  • Updated contamination control and traffic incident safety sections to match the contamination control requirements in NFPA 1500, Standard on Fire Department Occupational Safety, Health, and Wellness Program
  • Inclusion of critical knowledge points regarding the removal, care, and washing of personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Added knowledge points for traffic incidents, vehicle location details, and PPE
  • Revised department safety officer section to include additional contamination control details
  • Alignment with NFPA 1670, Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents, to address the personnel safety in search and rescue operations.