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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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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 2 days ago 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 2 days ago 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 3 days ago 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 3 days ago 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 3 days ago 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 3 days ago 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 3 days ago 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 3 days ago 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 3 days ago 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 4 days ago 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
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Buyer’s remorse is a terrible feeling. Spending thousands of dollars on firefighting equipment that doesn’t work as intended is more than terrible—it’s dangerous. In his “First Responder” column in the new September/October issue of NFPA Journal, NFPA Division Manager Ken... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Today's Responder
by NFPA's Michele Steinberg In the current issue of NFPA Journal, NFPA President Jim Pauley shares some numbers and stats on wildfire and gives his assessment: we still have work to do. Read or listen to what Jim has to say about the growing threat of wildfire and where we need to take action. Learn about NFPA's successes in promoting Firewise and Fire Adapted community approaches, including the launch of a national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day. Jim calls out USAA Insurance for its leadership with its new initiative in Firewise communities in California as a great example of innovative thinking... Continue reading
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Jim Pauley and Don Bliss pose in front of the fire operations simulator at the Civil Defence Fire Academy in Singapore. “Fire Safety & Emergency Management, The Way Forward” was the theme of this week's Fire Safety Asia Conference in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at Today's Responder
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Jim Pauley and Don Bliss pose in front of the fire operations simulator at the Civil Defence Fire Academy in Singapore. “Fire Safety & Emergency Management, The Way Forward” was the theme of this week's Fire Safety Asia Conference in Singapore. This event, held every three years, hosts building industry practitioners and disaster managers from around the world to network and share ideas, experiences and best practices. The conference is hosted by the National Fire and Civil Emergency Preparedness Council (NFEC) and Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF). Attending this year's conference were NFPA President Jim Pauley, who presented the day... Continue reading
On September 8, the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) accepted NFPA's Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money and awareness about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig's Disease). IAFC department directors and executive staff, including Mark Light, IAFC's CEO and executive director, accepted that challenge and collected donations from the IAFC staff, who bid their own money for a chance to dump ice water on their bosses. “The IAFC staff accepts the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from our friends at NFPA,” declared Light in front of IAFC headquarters in Fairfax, Va. “This is a most worthy cause and we... Continue reading
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Join NFPA, the Hazards Caucus Alliance, the University of California at Riverside and San Diego, and the Western Governors Association for an informative briefing on wildfire science, policy, mitigation and response tomorrow, Sep. 11 from 11:30 am to 1 p.m. at room 421 of the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, DC. University of California scientists will provide an overview of wildfire and ecology and cover some of the most recent research on environmental conditions and their influence on large fires, and on fire detection and better ways to understand fire behavior and spread, a boon to fire responders. The... Continue reading
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REMINDER - NFPA is accepting proposals for educational presentations at its 2015 Conference & Expo. Share your knowledge with your peers as a presenter in Chicago, June 22-25. Submit your session ideas by Monday, September 15, 2014. The 2015 NFPA Conference & Expo will be held June 22-25 at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, Illinois. The NFPA Conference & Expo is widely regarded as the most comprehensive event in the industry. With approximately 5,000 attendees, it is the year's largest and most important event for the fire protection, life safety, and electrical industries. If you'd like to share... Continue reading
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Watch NFPA's version of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge! NFPA President Jim Pauley and other members of the senior staff took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge this morning at NFPA headquarters in Quincy, MA -- and challenged other organizations to take the plunge! Members of NFPA's senior staff, including President Jim Pauley, this morning took part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, a fundraising effort for the ALS Asociation, which is leading the fight to treat and cure ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease). Before the icy water was dumped over their heads, the senior staff threw down the... Continue reading
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Sparky the Fire Dog® poses with the senior management team at NFPA, moments before they were doused with buckets of ice water, as part of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. NFPA staff members were invited to make a donation to the ALS Asociation, which is leading the fight to treat and cure ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease). Names were then drawn at random and staff could choose the senior manager on whom they wanted to dump the bucket of ice water. Senior staff also challenged other organizations to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Details,... Continue reading
Take a quick glimpse into the life of smokejumping... Read more here…. -Ryan Depew Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Newsletter Welcome to the second News Letter from Surrey Fire & Rescue Service. It has been especially busy over the last few weeks with Firewise meetings and presentations and other Wildfire related projects here in Surrey in the UK. At the end of July, Area Commander Alan Clark and Watch... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog