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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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by Amanda Kimball There are two open Requests for Proposals for Foundation projects. The projects are "Protection of Storage Under Sloped Ceilings - Phase 1" and "Use of Gaseous Suppression Systems in High-Airflow Spaces: Capabilities and Knowledge Gaps". Both RFPs are accessible from the Foundation website. Proposals for the protection of storage under sloped ceilings project are due December 18. Proposals for the use of gaseous suppression systems in high-airflow spaces are due January 9. Please contact Amanda Kimball at the Foundation with any questions. Continue reading
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by NFPA's Cathy Prudhomme Currently, 41 states actively participate in the national Firewise Communities/USA® program and represent a combined 1,142 communities that have achieved recognition status for their work to reduce their community’s wildfire risk. Nine of the sites have participated for more than a decade and have been with the program since the original pilot was launched in 2002. Up until recently, only two states – Arkansas and Washington had achieved the milestone of 100 plus participating communities; Colorado now joins the distinction of attaining the major accomplishment of reaching that benchmark. The Colorado State Forest Service is the... Continue reading
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The head of NFPA's field operations division says tremendous progress has been made to improve workplace safety in Bangladesh. NFPA Vice President Don Bliss, speaking at the “2nd International Trade Expo for Building and Fire Safety,” said that in the 18 months since a building collapse killed 1,100 garment workers and injured 2,500 others at Rana Plaza outside Dhaka, a strong commitment to safety by apparel owners, government, global buyers and other stakeholders is making the industry safer for workers. According to an article in theindependent, the three-day conference in Bangladesh was organized by the Alliance for Bangladesh Workers Safety,... Continue reading
NFPA's Ken Willette invites your participation in the development of NFPA's standard on fire hoses. A researcher at Worcester Polytechnic Institute is working on a project to make fire hoses more fire-resistant. The project, managed by Kathy Notarianni, an associate professor in the Fire Protection Engineering Department at WPI, follows a fire in Boston's Back Bay neighbrhood last March in which two firefighters died after their attack fire hose burned. All research on this topic is being forwarded to the NFPA Technical Committee on Fire Hose, which develops NFPA 1961, Standard on Fire Hose, which will consider any proposed revisions... Continue reading
I was fortunate enough recently to be able to spend the day with members of the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) to learn about the department’s amazing Risk-Based Inspection System, or RBIS. The trip was to do reporting for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2014 at Today's Responder
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In his recent NFPA Journal column, "Global View," Don Bliss, vice-president for Field Operations at NFPA, talks about the Association's continuing efforts to make a significant investment in its mission to “reduce the worldwide burden of fire.” In particular, he... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at Today's Responder
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Stanley Briers of the Texas Plumbing, Air Conditioning, and Mechanical Contractors Association, and a member of the Texas Fire Sprinkler Coalition, spoke about his experience in navigating the legislative process. Fred Durso of NFPA and Peg Paul from the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition spoke about the free sprinkler advocacy materials offered by the two organizations. John Pizzi, president of the Fire Prevention Association of Massachusetts, makes a point during a group discussion. Tim Travers, NFPA Residential Fire Sprinkler Specialist, addressed some of the common myths about home fire sprinklers, issues such as cost (the national average for installation in new... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Massachusetts State Representative Ruth Balser is a longtime proponent of home fire sprinklers. During today’s NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative summit in Durham, Rep. Balser said a key to getting things accomplished is building relationships and offered tips on how to best communicate with lawmakers. She also underscored the value of a strong coalition and local media involvement in successful advocacy efforts. “At the end of the day, many home fire deaths are preventable. And yes, sprinklers have a cost, but how do you put a cost on a human life?” she said. Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Pam Elliott's voice has become a powerful tool in the push for sprinkler requirements. Burned over 50% of her body during a house fire when she was five years old, she has turned her personal tragedy into a national campaign for home fire safety. Elliott was a featured speaker at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative summit in Durham on November 13. “I’m here to speak for those who can’t speak for themselves and those most vulnerable in house fires: infants, children, the elderly, and the disabled,” says Elliott, a part-time nurse at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, NC. Elliot, who... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Protecting lives and saving property from fire through the installation of sprinklers in new homes is the topic at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative summit in Raleigh, NC. About 60 attendees, representing the fire service, local government, public safety and other organizations, have gathered for a one-day meeting to network, brainstorm, share best practices, and discuss challenges associated with local and state efforts to bring about sprinkler requirements for new one- and two-family homes. Chief Mary Regan of the Westfield, MA, Fire Department, and Chair of the Massachusetts Fire Sprinkler Coalition, and Massachusetts State Representative Ruth Balser. NFPA Regional Director John... Continue reading
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Protecting lives and saving property from fire through the installation of sprinklers in new homes is the topic at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative summit in Raleigh, NC. About 60 attendees, representing the fire service, local government, public safety and other organizations, have gathered for a one-day meeting to network, brainstorm, share best practices, and discuss challenges associated with local and state efforts to bring about sprinkler requirements for new one- and two-family homes. Chief Mary Regan of the Westfield, MA, Fire Department, and Chair of the Massachusetts Fire Sprinkler Coalition, and Massachusetts State Representative Ruth Balser. NFPA Regional Director John... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
We're working on developing an entirely new online experience for the 2015 NFPA Conference & Expo. Stay tuned -- we expect to launch our new site in January 2015. In the meantime, all event information will be posted on our... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at NFPA Conference & Expo
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Maureen Brodoff, former NFPA vice president and general counsel, has received the George S. Wham Leadership Medal from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The award, which honors Ms. Brodoff for her outstanding contributions to the voluntary standardization community, was presented during a ceremony held in conjunction with World Standards Day in Washington, DC, on October 22, 2014. Ms. Brodoff joined the NFPA staff in 1991 as associate general counsel. In 2002, she was promoted to vice president and assumed responsibility for overall legal affairs of the Association.She also served as counsel to NFPA's Standards Council, the body overseeing NFPA's... Continue reading
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It’s being called the worst fire in Maine in 30 years. Five young adults are dead and one person suffered serious burn injuries following a fire at an apartment building near the University of Southern Maine in Portland. The fire was reported early Saturday morning in the two-family apartment house, according to a report in the Press Herald. State police tell WMTW-TV that none of the victims were students from the University of Southern Maine, although the school confirms that some students did live in the two-unit building. NFPA offers a free fire safety checklist for students who live in... Continue reading
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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