IAED releases new protocol to combat fires

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The International Academies of Emergency Dispatch® (IAED™) announces the release of a new version of the Fire Protocol Dispatch System (FPDS®).

Version 6 gives emergency fire dispatchers (EFDs) the ability to provide lifesaving Pre-Arrival Instructions (PAIs) and Post-Dispatch Instructions (PDIs) covering 26 Chief Complaints, an increase of three protocols since the release of FPDS v.5 in 2009. The new version 6 operates on the Paramount ProQA platform, incorporating all the same options available to MPDS and PPDS users, plus special features dedicated to fire response.

“This is the complete package, a benchmark for fire agencies measuring outcomes and planning improvements to their communication centers,” said Gary Galasso, Deputy Chief for the San Jose Fire Dept., retired, and chair of the IAED Fire Council of Standards. “The release represents proposals from a broad spectrum of users and current standards in fire response and delivery ratings.”

New Chief Complaints highlight Motor Vehicle Collision, Suspicious Package (Letter, Item), and Bomb Threat. The Water Rescue Post-Dispatch Instruction was expanded to include flooding that results in structural collapse or passengers in vehicles trapped by rising water. Other improvements include PDIs for caller in danger – not trapped during Entry Questions, Determinant Suffixes to delineate response and safety in fuel spills, and PDIs for chemical suicide in Protocol 61:HAZMAT.

FPDS v. 6 was developed by the IAED with the field fire expertise of FPDS users; and it reflects current and evolving fire science and standards. The Insurance Standards Organization (ISO), which administers the Public Protection Classification (PPC) program for rating community fire suppression delivery systems, gave the IAED a boost with the addition of points for use of fire dispatch protocols, and requiring both dispatch certification and continuing dispatch education.

“The ISO update, released earlier this year, is a major confirmation of what we’ve been advocating all along in all our protocol systems,” said Jeff Clawson, MD, creator of the fire, law enforcement, and medical protocol dispatch systems used in more than 3,000 communication centers worldwide. “Any protocol system is only as good as the people trained and certified to use it in the way it was planned.”

Since FPDS version 1.0 was released in July 2002, more than 400 agencies have incorporated the protocols into their current standard of dispatch care and practice. The International Academies of Emergency Dispatch® (IAED) is responsible for updating and maintaining the separate protocol dispatch systems for fire, law enforcement, and medical services.

For more information, go to the IAED Web site at www.emergencydispatch.org/