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Mike Hazell
Web Publisher, NFPA
Interests: NFPA, Fire Prevention, Fire Protection, Public Education, Public Advocacy, Home Fire Sprinklers
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Under the authority of the National Construction Safety Team (NCST) Act, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has established a National Construction Safety Team to determine the likely technical cause(s) of building failures. The team's reports include recommendations, but to date, there has been no systematic method available to evaluate the impact of these recommendations. A protocol for conducting these evaluations has been launched through a project of the Fire Protection Research Foundation and NFPA. The incident chosen to demonstrate the protocol is The Station Nightclub Fire, which occurred on February 20, 2003 in West Warwick, RI, and... Continue reading
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by NFPA's Karen Berard-Reeed NFPA is sad to hear the news of the passing of Alonzo King, Jr. from Columbus, Ohio. Our hearts are with the city of Columbus as they celebrate the life of a great public servant. Firefighter King was the Fifty Year Plus Program Coordinator within the Community Relations Office at the Columbus Division of Fire. He was involved with NFPA public education programs for many years and a faithful advocate for fire safety in his community. In 2008, Alonzo was involved in the first NFPA Urban Fire Safety Project set in Columbus. He, along with Lt.... Continue reading
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According to the PleasantonWeekly.com, a memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, October 23 at the Alameda County (CA) Fairgrounds for Bill McCammon, retired chief of Alameda County, who died on October 13. He was 61 years old. At the time of his death, Chief McCammon was treasurer of the NFPA Board of Directors. He was also the executive director of the East Bay Regional Communications System Authority, which built and operates an inter-operable communications system for 43 public agencies within Alameda and Contra Costa counties. He was also the current president of the Alameda County Fair... Continue reading
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William J. McCammon, Treasurer of NFPA’s Board of Directors, died in his sleep on October 13, 2014. Chief McCammon was appointed to the board for a 3-year term at NFPA’s Annual Meeting in June 2009, then was re-elected in June 2012 for a second 3-year term. During his tenure as an NFPA board member, he had served on the Governance, Executive, Finance, Compensation and Scholarship Committees. As Treasurer, he had chaired the Finance and Compensation committees. Chief McCammon also served on NFPA’s Wildland Advisory Committee. Chief McCammon was the first Fire Chief of the Alameda County (CA) Fire Department from... Continue reading
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John L. Bryan, Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland's (UMD) Department of Fire Protection Engineering, has died at 87. Dr. Bryan, known as the "Prof" by his students, performed in various fire service, academic and professional consulting occupations for four decades. He served as Chair and Professor of the Department of Fire Protection Engineering from the establishment of the department in 1956 until his retirement from the University in 1993. Since 1966, Dr. Bryan served on NFPA technical committees, including the Building Code/Life Safety Code Means of Egress and Life Safety Code correlating committees. A longstanding member of NFPA’s... Continue reading
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Want to help spread the word that NFPA codes and standards are available for free online access? We've developed several widgets that you can download and embed on your web site, newsletter, and social media sites to let your readers know how they can easily access any of NFPA's 300 technical documents. NFPA is proud to have been the first organization to provide free public access to privately developed codes and standards. These documents are "read-only" - they cannot be downloaded or printed -- because we rely on the sale of our codes and standards to help fund our mission.... Continue reading
by NFPA's Lisa Braxton The event of the season was held at NFPA headquarters this week, a fashion show called “Safety Style Down the Aisle.” As part of Fire Prevention Week, NFPA worked with the Quincy Council on Aging to invite older adults in the community to have lunch and enjoy an injury prevention fashion show. Family and friends of NFPA employees attended as well. As guests cheered them on, NFPA employees strutted down the runway in costume to showcase safety messages from NFPA’s Remembering When program and this year’s FPW theme: "Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every... Continue reading
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by NFPA's Susan McKelvey For the seventh consecutive year, NFPA and Domino's Pizza are teaming up to make families safer during Fire Prevention Week. In select markets, customers who order from participating Domino’s stores may be surprised when their delivery arrives aboard a fire engine. If all the smoke alarms... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at Safety Source
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by NFPA's Susan McKelvey Domino’s® Pizza officially launched its 7th annual fire safety and pizza delivery campaign today at the Detroit Fire Department with great success. The event kicks off Domino’s continued effort to reinforce the importance of working smoke alarms during Fire Prevention Week. About forty students from a local elementary school were invited to help kick off the event, cheering on the firefighters as they left the station to make the inaugural pizza delivery. The first official pizza delivery was made at the home of the Puckett family, where their existing smoke alarms were working, but additional ones... Continue reading
Members of the International Fire Marshals Association (IFMA) board, including President Steven Peavey, recently took part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Before dumping the ice on their heads, the board challenged the presidents of the 34 chapters of IFMA. The IFMA Board accepted the challenge from NFPA's senior staff, including President Jim Pauley, who took the Ice Bucket Challenge on September 2, 2014. Other organizations who accepted NFPA's Ice Bucket Challenge include the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA), the International Association of Fire Chiefs, and ICC. Continue reading
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by Curt Floyd On September 16 and 17, 2014, the NFPA 1730 Technical Committee on Standard on Organization and Deployment of Fire Prevention Inspection and Code Enforcement, Plan Review, Investigation, and Public Education Operations to the Public, met in Green Bay, Wisconsin for the Second Draft Meeting of the annual 2015 cycle. Also on the agenda was the drafting of a proposed new document addressing Community Risk Assessment and Plan Development. The new document will have the primary responsibility for establishing a process to develop, conduct, implement and evaluate community risk assessment and reduction programs. To view the NFPA 1730... Continue reading
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There’s a new twist on the “swear jar” this week at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Fire officials and fire and life safety educators participating in the Urban Fire and Life Safety–Issues and Solutions class aren’t putting money in a jar every time they swear, they’re putting money in a tray every time they use the term “smoke detector” when they mean “smoke alarm.” Lieutenant Derrick Ready of the Baltimore Fire Department led the charge in requiring that proper terminology be used when referring to smoke alarms. The exercise is a great reminder that the term “smoke detector”... Continue reading
The following excerpt appeared in the September 19, 2014, edition of The Columbian, written by Emily Gillespie. Read the full article. When it comes to installing sprinklers, Clark County (WA) Fire Marshal Jon Dunaway said that to him, the decision is pretty obvious. "The obstacles are not that great, the costs are not that great and the benefits are many," Dunaway said. Officials from Oregon and Washington met Thursday in Vancouver to discuss just how beneficial sprinklers are when it comes to residential fire safety. The first Northwest Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit brought together fire personnel, builders and officials, water... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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The keynote address at the Northwest Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit in Vancouver, WA, was delivered by California State Fire Marshal Tonya Hoover. She described the process that led to a statewide sprinkler mandate in the Golden State. Though California officially adopted sprinkler requirements in 2010, Hoover said the "process" started four years before the submission of the code adoption proposal. During that time, a task group comprised of various stakeholders--fire service, building industry, government, to name a few--was formed to iron out any concerns. This process, noted Hoover, led to open discussions and information sharing. Download "Successes from the Golden... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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The Northwest Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit winds down this afternoon, after a full day of providing sprinkler advocates with the latest information and inside scoop on home fire sprinklers. Bob Eugene, senior regulatory engineer from UL, LLC, Building and Life Safety, discusses the fire challenges in modern residences. Also see: In a recent post on NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog, we outlined several reasons why newer homes may pose a higher risk to occupant and firefighter safety in the event of a fire: New methods of construction negatively impact occupant and firefighter life safety under fire conditions. Specifically, risks created... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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A dramatic demonstration of how quickly fire sprinklers can extinguish a home fire was featured at the Northwest Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit in Vancouver, WA. The side-by-side burn demonstration showed the difference between fires in two identically equipped rooms: one fitted with automatic sprinklers, the other with no sprinklers. These types of demonstrations bring home the facts about how quickly a fire in an unsprinklered home can spread -- and how little time there is for residents to escape. The demonstration was narrated by Shawn Olson, chair of the Oregon Fire Sprinkler Coalition. Jeff LaFlam, chair of the Washington Fire... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Curtis Ryun, RN, of the Legacy Oregon Burn Center, shared the hidden human stories and cost associated with burn injuries -- and the impact that home fire sprinklers could have on this incidents. Speaking at the Northwest Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit in Vancouver, sponsored in part by the Washington and Oregon Fire Sprinkler Coalitions, Curtis said the cost of a typical home fire sprinkler system is equal to the cost of spending two days in a burn unit. (In a national survey completed in 2013, NFPA found that the average cost for the installation of home fire sprinklers is $1.35... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Tom Lia, executive director of the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board, spoke at the Northwest Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit about local residential sprinkler adoptions in his state. Illinois has nearly 100 communities that have adopted sprinkler ordinances in accordance with NFPA 13D, Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes. Free online access to NFPA 13D. Tom Lia is a shining example of an individual who understands the effectiveness of sprinkler advocacy, and works in conjunction with fire service and life safety officials to underscore the necessity of sprinkler requirements. Tom writes a regularly about... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Jim Crawford serves as master of ceremonies at the Northwest Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit. A "who's who" of local and national sprinkler experts were on tap this morning at the Northwest Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit in Vancouver, WA. The event, sponsored in part by the Washington and Oregon Fire Sprinkler Coalitions, was kicked off with remarks from long-time home fire sprinkler advocate Jim Crawford, retired fire marshal in Vancouver, and current chair of Vision 20/20. Next up was Jeff LaFlam, Fire Marshal of the Northshore Fire Department, and chair of the Washington Fire Sprinkler Coalition. Jeff provided an overview of... Continue reading
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Jim Crawford serves as master of ceremonies at the Northwest Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit. A "who's who" of local and national sprinkler experts were on tap this morning at the Northwest Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit in Vancouver, WA. The event, sponsored in part by the Washington and Oregon Fire Sprinkler Coalitions, was kicked off with remarks from long-time home fire sprinkler advocate Jim Crawford, retired fire marshal in Vancouver, and current chair of Vision 20/20. Next up was Jeff LaFlam, Fire Marshal of the Northshore Fire Department, and chair of the Washington Fire Sprinkler Coalition. Jeff provided an overview of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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One of the best things about events like today's Northwest Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit, being held in Vancouver, WA, is the opportunity to meet with colleagues, fellow sprinkler advocates, and some of the nation's most respected experts on home fire sprinklers, coalition building, and making things happen. Nanette Tatom, a public information officer with the Gig Harbor (WA) Fire & Medic One, is on the ground in Vancouver today - and sending along photos of the summit for this blog. She reports that attendees wasted no time this morning during registration to introduce themselves to other attendees and make important... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Participants arrive at Heathman Lodge for the first-ever Northwest Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit. The Northwest Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit, being held today at Heathman Lodge in Vancouver, WA, is providing sprinkler advocates with the latest information and inside scoop on home fire sprinklers. As readers of this blog know, if you have a reported fire in your home, the risk of dying decreases by about 80 percent when sprinklers are present, so summits like this are important tools to help spread the news about the life-saving potential of sprinklers...and help advocates make strides in ensuring the safety and well-being of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
Plano (TX) Fire-Rescue will stage a side-by-side residential fire sprinkler demonstration this Saturday, September 20, during the Plano Balloon Festival. The event will demonstrate the powerful role residential fire sprinklers play in controlling home fires. It will compare two bedroom fires: one fitted with fire sprinklers, the other without. The demonstration is scheduled for 4:00 pm on the same field where the evening balloon launch will take place at 6:00 pm. “Residential fire sprinklers provide valuable time to escape a fire and save belongings,” says Fire Marshal David Kerr. “The demonstration will show the speed of fire growth with today’s... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
On September 12, the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) accepted NFPA's Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money and awareness about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig's Disease). Led by President Russ Fleming, the NFSA put its own unique spin on the challenge — getting drenched by ice cold water pumped through a single overhead sprinkler. The NFSA also challenged several other organizations and individuals to take the plunge. Also see: NFPA senior staff takes the Ice Bucket Challenge on September 2, 2014. Continue reading
I’m working in NFPA’s exhibit booth at a conference for local government administrators in Charlotte, NC, helping city managers and other attendees better understand the value of home fire sprinklers. Just after 12:30 pm, as attendees were strolling through the exhibit hall - networking and enjoying their lunches - the facility’s fire alarm began blaring - loudly. A looped recorded message told us that an emergency had been reported in the building and instructed us to walk, not run, to the closest exit. I grabbed my laptop and backpack, and started toward the exit door, located at the end of... Continue reading