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Lorraine Carli
Vice President of Outreach and Advocacy
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If you are attending the 52nd ASHE Annual Conference and Technical Exhibition in Boston this month, be sure to visit with the NFPA staff who will be in attendance. NFPA will be well represented at this year’s conference. All events and sessions will be held at the John B. Hynes Memorial Convention Center on July 12-15. Come by and visit with our marketing and product staff in the Exhibit Hall (Booth 123). Swing by the ASHE Learning Lounge in Hall A on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to speak with NFPA staff engineers with your NFPA code questions. And be sure... Continue reading
Some of the latest news stories covering recent fires in churches have quoted NFPA research. According to NFPA's 2013 report U.S. Structure Fires in Religious and Funeral Properties, local fire departments responded to an estimated average of 1,780 structure fires per year at churches, other places of worship or funeral parlors during the five-year period of 2007- 2011. Thirty percent of the fires in these properties were caused by cooking and another 16% by heating equipment. Sixteen percent or 280 of the 1,780 structure fires per year at these properties were intentional. NFPA’s Marty Ahrens says it is not surprising... Continue reading
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NFPA President Jim Pauley, NFPA Board Chair Dr. Ernest Grant and other NFPA staff met with delegates from countries all over the world during NFPA Conference and Expo this week in Chicago. This year it is estimated more than 900... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at NFPA Conference & Expo
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NFPA's Kelly Ransdell and Amy Lebeau share new FPW resources. NFPA’s Public Education Network, comprised of representatives from states and provinces across North America, met in Chicago as a prelude to NFPA Conference and Expo. The meeting is an opportunity... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at NFPA Conference & Expo
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Héctor Chávez, Fire Chief, Luis Guillermo Campos, Presidente, CFIA, Luis Hernández Berton, Presidente, COPIMERA, Lorraine Carli,NFPA Vice PresidentofOutreach and Advocacy, Carolina Vásquez S., Vice Minister, Ministry of Science and Technology, and Ing. Luis Fernando Andrés Jácome cut the ribbon to open the expo. More than 250 people interested in fire, life and electrical safety gathered in San Jose, Costa Rica this week for Congreso de Protección Integral de la Vida y las Edificaciones – VIED –2014. The third event of its kind was hosted by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the School of Electrical Engineers, Mechanical and Industrial,... Continue reading
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The Egyptian Fire Protection Association presented NFPA President Jim Shannon with copies of the first two NFPA codes and standards translated into Arabic -- NFPA 24- Standard for the Installation of Private Fire Service and NFPA 12 - Standard on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2014 at NFPA Conference & Expo
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Visitors from around the globe met with NFPA Outgoing President Jim Shannon, Incoming President Jim Pauley, Incoming Chairman of the Board Ernest Grant and Past Chair Phil Stittleburg at NFPA's Conference and Expo held in Las Vegas this week. Under... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2014 at NFPA Conference & Expo
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NFPA's Urban Fire and Life Safety Task Force NFPA's Urban Fire and Life Safety Task Force met Saturday in Las Vegas in advance of NFPA's Conference and Expo to discuss some of the greatest challenges facing large urban fire departments.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2014 at NFPA Conference & Expo
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Antilliano Estrella and Pat Mieszala, NFPA Trainers and Public Education Advisors role play at the Remembering When Conference Thirty teams of fire service members and allied health professionals from around the country gathered in Las Vegas for the 2014 Remembering... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2014 at NFPA Conference & Expo
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Green Builder Media President Ron Jones addresses the crowd in front of VISION House Tucson. What do home fire sprinklers have in common with floor tiles made from recycled toilets, countertops crafted from glass bottles and sea shells, a low flow showerhead that plays music from your bluetooth device and solar panels on the roof? They were all featured this week at the grand opening of the VISION House® Tucson, the latest in Green Builder® Media's series of high performing, sustainable homes being built around the country. While the fire safety benefits of sprinklers have long been recognized, the green... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2013 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Deputy Chief Carli receives his badge from his wife Diana. UPDATE - A little more than a year ago, I wrote a blog post when my youngest brother Tony was promoted to Captain of the Everett Fire Department in Everett,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2013 at Today's Responder
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Yes terday NFPA took an important step to ensure our ability to continue to protect public health and safety by preserving the revenues that sustain our ability to develop and maintain our codes and standards. An organization called Public.Resource.org (Public Resource) has been copying and uploading copyrighted standards developed by NFPA and other private sector standards development organizations (SDOs). Public Resource is well aware that it is doing this without the copyright owners’ authorization. It nevertheless claims that it has the right to engage in unlimited copying and distribution of any standard — and to encourage others to follow suit... Continue reading
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A November fire in a garment factor in Bangladesh (photo from abcnews.go.com) A coalition of trade unions led by IndustriALL and Uni and 70 market leading clothing brands and retailiers announced steps to implement the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh. According to the announcement from IndustriaALL, the coalition will begin taking steps to address safety issues in clothing factories in Bangladesh. The announcement identified key highlights of the implementation plan which includes conducting initial inspections to identify hazards and the need for repairs within nine months. More details on the plan can be found at the IndustriALL... Continue reading
(photo KTLA5 - CA) The nation and the world continue to grieve for the 19 brave firefighters who lost their lives this week battling one of the many raging wildland fires in the United States. Acording to NFPA records, the fire near Yarnell, Arizona is the deadliest incident for firefighters since 9/11 and the third highest firefighter death toll for wildland fires. The 1910 Devil’s Broom wildfire in Silverton, Idaho killed 86 firefighters and the 1933 Griffith Park blaze in Los Angeles, California, killed 29. Metro Chief President G. Keith Bryant, who serves as the chief of Okahoma City Fire... Continue reading
Tonight NFPA mourns the loss of four firefighters in Texas. According to news stories four Houston firefighters died and six others were injured fighting a five alarm fire at the Southwest Inn this afternoon. Reports say that more than 100 firefighters were on the scene of the blaze which began in the kitchen of the hotel and restaurant. NFPA's most recent firefighter fatality report showed that In 2011, a total of 61 on-duty firefighter deaths occurred in the U.S. This is another sharp drop from the 73 on-duty deaths in 2010 and 82 in 2009, and the lowest annual total... Continue reading
UPDATE (April 19, 3:00 pm) CNN is reporting that 12 bodies have been recovered in West, Texas, following a fertilizer plant explosion on Wednesday evening. CNN quotes Senator John Cornyn as saying that 60 people are unaccounted for. Local officials say 200 people have been injured and 50 homes have been destroyed. The West Fertilizer Plant is located north of Waco and located near a school and nursing home. Video: See the moment a burning West, Texas, fertilizer plant erupts in a massive explosion. Related NFPA codes and standards NFPA 400, Hazardous Material Code This document applies to the storage,... Continue reading
Reflecting on the tragic nightclub fire in Brazil earlier this week that claimed the lives of more than 230 individuals when a flare ignited soundproofing on the ceiling, NFPA President Jim Shannon talked about the need to have sprinklers in all public assembly occupancies. Shannon called the Brazil scenario heartbreaking saying that what makes it heartbreaking is that it can be avoided with adherence to codes including the use of sprinklers. Shannon also talked about the ways patrons can play a role in their own safety by being aware of their surroundings -- knowing where the exits are, checking for... Continue reading
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The Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston was the deadliest nightclub fire in world. Over 400 peoplel died in 1942. News accounts are reporting that more than 200 people have died in an early morning fire in a nightclub in southern Brazil. According to CNN, at least 245 people were killed in the Kiss Nightclub in Santa Maria. NFPA provides a number of resources and information on this topic on its website. News reports are comparing the Kiss nightclub fire to the 2003 fire at The Station nightclub in W. Warwick, RI, on February 20, 2003 that claimed 100 lives. Prior... Continue reading
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Sam Davis, president of Island Harbor Construction talks about the benefit of home fire sprinklers at the 2013 IBS Sam Davis, president/CEO of Island Harbor Construction in Cape Coral, FL,one of NFPA's Faces of Fire joined the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition at the 2013 International Builders Show in Las Vegas this week. Sam offers a free fire sprinkler system in all new homes he builds, feeling strongly that customers can spend a lot of money on things like appliances, granite countertops and the like, but those things do nothing to protect a family from fire. In a video he did... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2013 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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There is no shortage of activity this week as Fire Prevention Week is in full tilt. The Massachusetts Department of Fire Services had several FPW banners adorning their headquarters in Stow, MA. Send us a photo of your banner. Let's see how many we can get. Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2012 at Safety Source
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Eli Ifrah from New Jersey was the winnter of a Sparky the Foire Dog gift package and LEGO City fire set at the FPW event at LEGOLAND FLorida. As the temperature climbed into the 90’s in the hot Florida sun, a crowd filled the Lego City Stage to see yesterday’s... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2012 at Safety Source
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Sparky the Fire Dog® rolled into a Detroit neighborhood last week to make the inaugral pizza delivery for this year's NFPA and Domino's Pizza partnership.Domino’s, the recognized world leader in pizza delivery, is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and Sparky the Fire Dog for the fifth... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2012 at Safety Source
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NFPA is pleased to be the fire safety partner of LEGOLAND® Florida and is the official sponsor of "The Big Test", an acrobatic, comedy show in which a cast of real characters goes through a series of hysterical antics as they try to become firefighters. The show runs four times... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2012 at Safety Source
UL recently posted a Public Notice for a suspension of standard UL 2196 that impacts some fire resistive electrical cables and systems, specifically Electrical Circuit Protective Systems (ECPS) within the categories FHIT for UL and FHJR for ULC. NFPA recommends you review this public notice on UL’s website. UL offered the following additional background and recommendations: LOCATION OF THESE WITHDRAWN SYSTEMS: These systems are primarily installed in mixed occupancy high-rise buildings, and in tunnels, bridges, and other commercial infrastructures. In many circumstances, the referenced systems exist in conjunction with other fire mitigation system options, which are not in question. Within... Continue reading
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Phoenix Society Executive Director speaks following the Walk of Remembrance at World Burn Congress I spent the last couple of days at one of the most inspirational events, not just for those devoted to fire and life safety, but for anyone. The Phoenix Society’s 24th Annual World Burn Congress continues... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2012 at Safety Source