The National Fire Protection Association seems like a pretty important organization. For example, its reports are routinely used by fire departments to justify staffing requests.
But not everyone is satisfied with how the NFPA operates. Some members of the fire service believe the standards for equipment service life are too inflexible. And there’s the question of who writes the standards in the first place.
One of the NFPA’s loudest critics on social media is Bobby Eckert. He’s a Captain with the City of Camden Fire Department in New Jersey. Bobby also owns and operates Eckert Fire Tactics.
We decided to ask Bobby to explain his concerns about the NFPA.
We initially asked the NFPA to participate in a debate-style format with Bobby, but they declined the offer. Instead, they offered a representative who would do a one-on-one interview.
We agreed to that, and I was able to ask questions of the NFPA’s First Responder Technical Lead, Curt Floyd.
Then we matched up Curt’s answers with Bobby’s questions.