National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
NFPA is a global nonprofit organization, established in 1896, devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. The association delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach and advocacy; and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering the NFPA mission. The association is an accredited standards developer by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
In 2008, the NFPA Standards Council was approached by the NFPA Fire Department Apparatus Committee with a new project request to develop ambulance standards.
The Standards Council approved the request and a new Technical Committee on Ambulances was formed to develop NFPA 1917: Standard for Automotive Ambulances. The technical committee that was formed was, and still is, comprised of a wide variety of industry stakeholders making up a balanced technical committee to develop the requirements for NFPA 1917.
The 1st edition of NFPA 1917 was approved by both the NFPA Standards Council and ANSI in August 2012 and carried a 2013 edition date.
The 2nd edition was approved by the NFPA Standards Council in August 2015, with a Tentative Interim Amendment applying to several sections. NFPA 1917 (2016) was approved by ANSI and became effective in September 2015.
The 3rd edition (2019) was released in 2018 and is an ANSI accredited standard. It contains both new requirements and informational material on ambulance remounts as well as many other requirements supported by the latest science, data, and technologies.
Updates/revisions are planned to be on a five-year cycle.