"This research project examined the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1710 Standard for the Organization and Deployment of Fire Suppression Operations, Emergency Medical Operations, and Special Operations to the Public by Career Fire Departments and its possible implications for Longboat Key Fire-Rescue (LKFR). The problem was to determine how much of the standard LKFR would be able to comply with. The purpose of this project was to determine what effect the adoption of NFPA 1710 would have on the operations of LKFR. The project used evaluative research to answer the following questions: 1) What are the advantages/disadvantages of NFPA 1710? 2) How will other fire departments in Florida adopt NFPA 1710? and 3) What are the possible effects of NFPA 1710 on current business practices of LKFR? The procedures used included a literature review of NFPA 1710 in regards to those in support of and those against the standard. In addition, the standard itself was examined for relevant information. A questionnaire was also distributed to all career fire departments in Florida with 172 responding. A majority of respondents indicated meeting NFPA 1710's requirements in regards to response times for engine companies and medical resonse. Fewer were able to meet quint company and truck company response times. Departments in Florida were able to provide: staffing for attack lines, a dedicated incident commander, first responders with automated external defibrillators (AED's), and the ability of having mutual/automatic aid in a majority of incidents."
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