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Mike Hazell
Web Publisher, NFPA
Interests: NFPA, Fire Prevention, Fire Protection, Public Education, Public Advocacy, Fire-Safe Cigarettes
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The loss of lives, homes and businesses in recent wildfires across the country serves as a sobering reminder of a fire's destructive effects. It is not a matter of "if" a wildfires strikes an area but when, and many residents... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Today's Responder
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Chambersburg Fire Department Assistant Chief Butch Leonhard, Captain Jackie Umberger and Fire Chief William FitzGerald Officials from the Chambersburg Fire Department, in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, recently celebrated receiving their plaque for the 2014 Rolf H. Jensen Memorial Public Education Grant. The plaque honors the department for its dedication to fire and life safety education through the program, “The Smoke Alarm is Sounding: Know What to Do.” Along with the individual plaque, the department’s name is inscribed on the grant winners’ plaque displayed at NFPA headquarters. The department also received $5,000 to implement the program, which includes education on fire escape planning... Continue reading
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The NFPA Conference & Expo brings to life the products and services needed to meet and maintain compliance with prevailing codes and standards in the design, construction and operation of buildings and facilities of every kind. As of today, there are over 300 exhibits booked for NFPA Conference & Expo in Las Vegas. 336 to be exact. Keep up-to-date on the growing list with our newest feature - Exhibitor Search - just released this week! View the full list of exhibitors in real-time, or conduct a search on company name, keyword, or product category. If you are looking for a... Continue reading
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The following letter to the editor, authored by NFPA President Jim Shannon, appeared on the website of The Patriot Ledger (Quincy, MA) on April 13, 2014. I was outraged to see the House of Representatives take an initial step on a bill that would legalize sparklers and other small fireworks, which are currently prohibited in Massachusetts (“Bill to legalize smaller fireworks advances in House,” March 27). This is a dangerous and misguided idea that should go no further. For more than 100 years, the National Fire Protection Association has opposed the use of consumer fireworks for the simple reason that... Continue reading
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During a special ceremony held on December 3, 2013, the Firewise committee of Kohala by the Sea (KBTS), a homeowners association, on the Big Island of Hawaii received a crystal recognition award for maintaining their Firewise Communities/USA recognition status for 10 years. In 2013, only 34 communities were able to earn this esteemed honor. Denise Laitinen, the Firewise Communities Coordinator for Hawaii, presented the award to the proud and well-deserving members of the KBTS. To read more about the KBTS and their award, read the full story in the 2014 spring edition of the Firewise How-To Newsletter! Continue reading
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The featured presentation on Tuesday, June 10 is entitled, "The 2013 Boston Marathon: How the Multi-Discipline, Multi-Jurisdiction Approach to Planning for the Marathon Affected the Response to, and Recovery from, the Bombings." Registration is required to attend the Featured Presentation. See registration options. Pictured at the podium is Kurt Schwartz, Undersecretary, Homeland Security & Emergency Management; Director, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security. Kurt Schwartz will review the local, regional, and state planning process for the 2013 Boston Marathon and discuss the multi-discipline, multi-jurisdiction response to the bombings and the intense manhunt several days... Continue reading
Congratulations to Captain Mark Ware, Sandy Springs Fire Department, Sandy Springs, GA and Lieutenant Rodney Brooks, Henry County Fire Department, McDonough, GA, winners of a national contest held by NFPA with 15 total entries and over 2,700 votes! View their winning entry video: Fellow brass players in the Stockbridge High School band in their hometown of Stockbridge, Georgia, Mark and Rodney soon discovered their talent for singing duets would bring life-long opportunities. They worked their way to the Henry County Fire Department where—when they weren't busy training or saving lives—they began singing the national anthem. Their regular appearances at private... Continue reading
Congratulations to Captain Mark Ware, Sandy Springs Fire Department, Sandy Springs, GA and Lieutenant Rodney Brooks, Henry County Fire Department, McDonough, GA, winners of a national contest held by NFPA with 15 total entries and over 2,700 votes! View their... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Today's Responder
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Michael "Mick" Mayers, battalion chief with the Hilton Head Island (SC) Fire and Rescue, says that during a recent discussion with fellow firefighters, he was surprised - and encouraged - by the fact that no one brought up "the usual"... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at Today's Responder
Michael "Mick" Mayers, battalion chief with the Hilton Head Island (SC) Fire and Rescue, says that during a recent discussion with fellow firefighters, he was surprised - and encouraged - by the fact that no one brought up "the usual" complaints about standards developed by NFPA and other consensus standards organizations. "As a participant in the standards process, I get a little frustrated when people complain about standards," he writes on his blog Firehouse Zen. "Why, you may ask? Well, because while standards may seem to be prohibiting aspects of our jobs, the fact is, standards are necessary to help... Continue reading
Investigators say a spark from a welding operation caused the fire that took the lives of two Boston firefighters on March 26, 2014. According to a report on Boston.com, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said he was “confident” that the fire was unintentional, but that the Suffolk District Attorney’s office would have final say whether anyone would be held legally responsible for the blaze. There were no sprinklers in the building. NFPA report: Home and Non-Home Fires Involving Torches, Burners and Soldering Equipment Free access: NFPA 51B: Standard for Fire Prevention During Welding, Cutting, and Other Hot Work NFPA report:... Continue reading
Tim McClintock, NFPA Regional Electrical Code Specialist, conducted 2014 National Electrical Code® training for code enforcers last month in Washington state. Free access to the National Electrical Code. The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries took an important step forward with public safety by adopting the 2014 NEC. The new code becomes effective on July 1, 2014. NFPA supports statewide adoption of the NEC by providing free training for the authorities having jurisdiction. This training consists of a 1-day program on the significant changes in the newly adopted edition, plus a free copy of the new code. Once a... Continue reading
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Cast your vote! Choose your favorite rendition of the "The Star-Spangled Banner" to help us select this year’s National Anthem Singer at the 2014 NFPA Conference & Expo. Our contest began a few weeks back; since then we received many... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at NFPA Conference & Expo
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Cast your vote! Choose your favorite rendition of the "The Star-Spangled Banner" to help us select this year’s National Anthem Singer at the 2014 NFPA Conference & Expo. Our contest began a few weeks back; since then we received many... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Today's Responder
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Cast your vote! Choose your favorite rendition of the "The Star-Spangled Banner" to help us select this year’s National Anthem Singer at the 2014 NFPA Conference & Expo. Our contest began a few weeks back; since then we received many strong submissions and a panel of judges have narrowed it down to 3 finalists. You may vote for your favorite finalist between now and April 4th through our contest webpage, or through NFPA’s Facebook page. The winner(s) will enjoy the privilege of leading us in the time-honored tradition during the Opening General Session of NFPA C&E in Las Vegas on... Continue reading
The following NFPA statistics are for the years 1993-2012 and are for structure fires only. Of the 488 firefighters killed at structure fires, there were: 354 single-fatality fires 44 two-fatality fires 9 three-fatality fires 1 four-fatality fire 1 six-fatality fire 1 ninefatality fire Of the fires where firefighters were killed while operating inside, there were: 171 single-fatality 37 two-fatality 8 three-fatality 1 four-fatality 1 six-fatality 1 nine-fatality Source: NFPA's Fire Incident Data Organization Continue reading
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The fire that killed two Boston firefighters on March 26 occurred in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood, which runs parallel to the Charles River. Following are photographs taken by Sara Bosshart, from her vantage point just across the river in Cambridge, MA. Photos: Courtesy of Sara Bosshart Continue reading
A dramatic video from BostonFireVideos.com, posted on Boston.com, captures the fire explosion at the four-story brownstone building in Boston on March 26. "There was some kind of extraordinary event that happened in the basement," Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald is quoted is saying on Boston.com. The fire killed Lieutenant Edward J. Walsh Jr. and Michael R. Kennedy. Boston.com reports the firefighters sent out a mayday call from the basement of the building, indicating they may have been trapped. Continue reading
The Boston Fire Department is on the scene of yesterday's deadly blaze in the city's Back Bay neighborhood that killed two on-duty firefighters and injured several others. An article on Boston.com quotes Boston Fire Deputy Fire Chief Joseph Finn saying that the fast-moving fire may have started in the basement. Firefighters also battled against strong winds which made conditions more difficult. Related: A 2010 Fire Protection Research Foundation report looked at building ventilation or presence of an external wind during a fire situation that could increase the energy release of a fire and/or the spread of fire gases through a... Continue reading
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Firefighter Michael R. Kennedy (left) and Lieutenant Edward J. Walsh (right) were killed in Boston on Wednesday. Photo: Boston.com Two firefighters who died in a Boston townhouse blaze on Wednesday are being hailed as heroes. Lieutenant Edward J. Walsh and Firefighter Michael R. Kennedy were among the crews fighting a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Firefighter Michael R. Kennedy (left) and Lieutenant Edward J. Walsh (right) were killed in Boston on Wednesday. Photo: Boston.com Two firefighters who died in a Boston townhouse blaze on Wednesday are being hailed as heroes. Lieutenant Edward J. Walsh and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Today's Responder
Yesterday's tragic loss of two on-duty firefighters in Boston brings to mind other fires and disasters that have occurred in Boston. In 2011, NFPA Journal® featured an article "Boston Fire Trail" in which author/historian Stephanie Schorow provided a walking tour of the city's major fires and disasters, including the Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire, the molasses flood of 1915, the 1872 Great Fire of Boston, and the Hotel Vendome blaze that killed nine firefighters. "Celebrated and much imitated, the Freedom Trail winds through Boston marking highlights of the American Revolution, ranging from Paul Revere’s home to the Battle of Bunker Hill,"... Continue reading
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Firefighter Michael R. Kennedy (left) and Lieutenant Edward J. Walsh (right) were killed in Boston on Wednesday. Photo: Boston.com Two firefighters who died in a Boston townhouse blaze on Wednesday are being hailed as heroes. Lieutenant Edward J. Walsh and Firefighter Michael R. Kennedy were among the crews fighting a fire in a four-story townhouse in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood. “In 30 years I’ve never seen a fire travel that fast, escalate that quickly, and create such havoc in such a short period of time,” Boston Deputy Chief Joseph Finn tells The Boston Herald. “The wind was blowing in off... Continue reading
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Photo: Boston.com Updated: 11:00 pm. According to a report on Boston.com, two firefighters have died while battling a nine-alarm blaze in a 4-story brick townhouse in the city's Back Bay section. The firefighters, ages 33 and 43, both worked out of the Engine 33, Ladder 15 firehouse, less than a mile from the scene of the blaze. According to Boston.com, 13 other firefighters were injured in the fire. Boston Fire Deputy Fire Chief Joseph Finn is quoted as saying the blaze was "like a blowtorch" and that it was incredibly fast-moving. In 2012, the last year for which data is... Continue reading