Other Relevant Standards

NFPA 1620

Recommended Practice for Pre-Incident Planning



This standard sets guidelines for fire departments to develop a pre-incident plan for specific locations that can be used by responding personnel to manage fires and other emergencies. Pre-incident planning involves evaluating protection systems, building construction, contents, and operating procedures that can impact emergency operations of the area ( 1-1.1) and coordinating with an incident management system (NFPA 1561).  Specifically, the standard covers the elements that should be considered when developing and implementing a pre-incident plan: the planning process, the types of data that must be collected, special hazards, emergency operations, and plan testing and maintenance.


NFPA 1620 requires the following when designing a Pre-incident Planning Support System:


  • Collect and evaluate the following data of a particular location:  

    • Physical elements

    • Site considerations

    • Number and type of building occupants

    • The available water for fire fighting purposes


  • Consider any special circumstances based on the type of occupancy (e.g., health care, residential, assembly, etc.)


  • Develop instructions for responding to unusual hazards


  • Create procedures for plan testing and maintenance


  • Create procedures for preparation, presentation, communication and maintenance of information for the purpose of aiding personnel responding to emergency incidents.


  • Document and disseminate findings

Learn More

  • NPFA web site http://www.nfpa.org

  • NFPA 1221 Standard for the Installation, Maintenance, and Use of Emergency Services Communications Systems

  • NFPA 1500 Standard on Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health Program

  • NFPA 1561 Standard on Emergency Services Incident Management System