Federal Fire Council


Federal Fire Council


Creation and Authority.--The Federal Fire Council was organized in April 1930 as a result of federal concern for fire control. It was formally established by Executive Order 7397, of June 20, 1936, as an official advisory agency in matters relating to the protection of Federal employees and property from fire. By Executive Order 8194, dated July 6, 1939, the Council was placed under the jurisdiction of the Federal Works Agency.
On June 30, 1949, the Council was transferred to the General Services Administration and then to the Commerce Department by Executive Order 11654 of March 13, 1972. The Federal Fire Council's functions were later absorbed by the National Fire Prevention and Control Administration (NFPCA), which was created by the Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974 (88 Stat 1535, 15 U.S.C. 2201).

Purpose.--The Council was authorized to develop standards, procedures, and forms, and, on request, to conduct surveys or such other investigations as necessary to determine what measures should be taken to safeguard life and property from the hazards of fire, including review of plans for new construction. The Council also was authorized to make such independent studies of Federal buildings and property as it saw desirable from the standpoint of fire protection, and to maintain a record of fire losses on Government property.

Activities.--Reports of surveys and other committee actions were submitted for adoption at periodic meetings of the Council and were distributed to the membership, to the heads of bureaus and establishments, and to other interested Federal, State, and city officials. A manual covering the general subject of fire-loss prevention was issued by the Council, together with a fire report form and two types of self-inspection forms. The latter were intended for use within departments and establishments in connection with regular routine inspections.

The information on fire loss was used to determine principal fire causes, the general ratio of fire loss to the total of values subject to loss, and fire loss trends. During World War II a special Committee on Emergency Fire Defense issued a pamphlet giving detailed information on means of extinguishing incendiary bombs.

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Purposes, goals and current programs of the accident prevention division, Public Health Service, Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Topics included Mississippi County, Arkansas Fire Program.

Describes history and current programs of the two councils as well as explores ways in which the two councils might collaborate.

Mr. David Gratz, Chief of the Silver Spring Maryland Fire Department talked about the demands on the municipal fire services and attendant problems. Mr Ward Bush of Caterpillar Tractor Company discussed current trends and considerations in industrial…

The study gives an illustrated talk on the Missile Silo Fire at Little Rock, Arkansas. The report emphasizes the need in fire prevention to properly identify hazards involved in the use of materials and recognize inherently hazardous tasks; shows how…

A brief fire analysis which may be of interest to agencies in evaluating and/or improving their fire protection programs.

Fire prevention week supplement
For the past four years the Federal Fire Council has issued kits to assist Federal agencies and personnel in carrying out the President's annual Proclamation on Fire Prevention Week... To better assist fire safety program managers, this "Fire…

Fire Department accident analysis, water testing and firefighter safety - a trilogy
One of the significant functions of the Federal Fire Council is to distribute information to its members -- and other interested personnel. Periodically, selected items will be issued on fire safety topics. It will be the purpose of this material to…

Fire safety promotion
In the field of fire safety the improvement of automatic fire detecting, extinguishing and control equipment has progressed to a high level while there has been a decided lag in the area involving people. There exists a pressing need for the creation…

The Federal Fire Council has issued this document to help
in salvaging and restoring records damaged by fire or water. Although the repair of charred and burned records are discussed, emphasis is placed on the water damage aspects. Thus, the…

Staff program management as related to fire safety and the Council's fire safety reference library
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