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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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UL and NFPA have agreed to partner to create standards relating to tactical video cameras and equipment (e.g., hand-deployed, covert placement, robot-mounted) and operational (e.g., body-worn) video camera systems. UL Standards Technical Panel 3802 is developing a performance standard for these systems, and the NFPA Technical Committee on Tactical Operations for Video Equipment and Cameras (TAC-AAA) is developing an accompanying selection, care and maintenance standard. STP 3802 is currently seeking input from end users to determine your needs and requirements: who uses which systems, when and how they are typically used, and what features are used. The STP would appreciate... Continue reading
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Paul Machado, a firefighter from Fall River, MA, and his crew responded to a fire inside a two-and-a-half story home. While inside the dwelling, their efforts were exacerbated by the fast-moving blaze, which knocked him to the ground. He attempted to seek safety by heading down to the first floor, but the fire was too intense. Since his radio had melted, calling in a "Mayday" was impossible. Firefighter Machado, who eventually escaped the blaze but suffered numerous injuries and burns from the incident, was a guest speaker at the NFPA Fire Sprinkler Initiative Summit in Quincy, MA. After spending three... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Follow our live Twitter feed - and keep up to date on the happenings at today's NFPA Fire Sprinkler Initiative Summit being held in Quincy, MA. See more from the Summit. Continue reading
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Follow our live Twitter feed - and keep up to date on the happenings at today's NFPA Fire Sprinkler Initiative Summit being held in Quincy, MA. Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Educating the fire service, opposition from homebuilders, effective coaliton-building, resources...just some of the topics discussed on the first day of NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative Summit being held in Quincy, MA. About 70 advocates, representing the fire service, the medical community, the insurance industry, developers, authorities having jurisdiction, and others have gathered to network, brainstorm ideas, and share best practices on how to move toward sprinkler requirements in all new one- and two-family homes. Stay tuned to NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog for more coverage from this event. Continue reading
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Educating the fire service, opposition from homebuilders, effective coaliton-building, resources...just some of the topics discussed on the first day of NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative Summit being held in Quincy, MA. About 70 advocates, representing the fire service, the medical community, the insurance industry, developers, authorities having jurisdiction, and others have gathered to network, brainstorm ideas, and share best practices on how to move toward sprinkler requirements in all new one- and two-family homes. Stay tuned to this blog for more coverage from this event. Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
Hello Nathan -- thanks for your comment. If you are an NFPA member, you can submit your question directly via the link in the post above. If you are not yet a member, please visit our "Join NFPA" page http://catalog.nfpa.org/Membership-New-or-Renew-C208.aspx for information on the benefits of members, including answers to technical questions.
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By NFPA's Cathy Prudhomme Participating in Wildfire Community Preparedness Day (May 2) and America’s PrepareAthon (April 30) helps communities and individuals prepare before wildfires happen. By cross-promoting the two campaigns NFPA and FEMA are able to maximize the number of stakeholders that can share the information and emphasize the importance of mitigation, communication and evacuation preparedness actions. Join the effort by sharing these tips with neighbors, family members and friends: Take Action: Conduct a drill, exercise or other preparedness activity that will help your family or community become more prepared. Performing simple wildfire mitigation activities on your property, creating a... Continue reading
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By NFPA's Nicole Esan If you are looking for ways to earn CEUs in a short amount of time, attending NFPA’s Conference & Expo in Chicago this June is the way to go. There are a total of 133 sessions... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at NFPA Conference & Expo
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By Michele Steinberg NFPA's annual Conference & Exposition (C&E for short) will be held in Chicago this year from June 22-25. In spite of its midwestern urban location, this year's conference is loaded with education sessions of interest to wildland... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at NFPA Conference & Expo
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As we enter 2014 and the Northeast is preparing for a Nor’easter and with many States experiencing severe winter storms all drivers should prepare a Winter Emergency Kits and prepare their vehicles for winter storms. Although all drivers will not experience the same kind of winters conditions, each kits should be prepared based on your Winter Weather and Driving conditions, and winterize your vehicles. Preparing Your Automobile Before frigid temperatures set in, have your vehicle prepared for winter driving. As part of your regular auto maintenance, have the battery condition checked. Cold weather and a weak battery can leave you... Continue reading
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The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a safety alert to notify the general public, emergency responders and shippers and carriers that recent derailments and resulting fires indicate that the type of crude oil being transported from the Bakken region may be more flammable than traditional heavy crude oil. Based upon preliminary inspections conducted after recent rail derailments in North Dakota, Alabama and Lac-Megantic, Quebec involving Bakken crude oil, PHMSA is reinforcing the requirement to properly test, characterize, classify, and where appropriate sufficiently degasify hazardous materials prior to and during transportation. This advisory is a follow-up to the... Continue reading
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Credit: Facebook Capt. Craig Moreau has gained national attention this week after using some ingenuity--and some carbonated goodness--in response to a roadway fire. According to NBC News, the Houston firefighter was traversing a Texas highway with his wife when he noticed smoke emitting from the brakes of an 18 wheeler. He got the driver to pull over and began dousing the flames with a mini fire extinguisher. When that didn't work, Moreau used the truck's cargo--cases of Coors beer--to fight the flames. "I shook them up and popped a top one at a time until the fire was out and... Continue reading
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We are asking sprinkler advocates across North America to take action in support of a crucial piece of legislation. Both the New Jersey Assembly and Senate have passed the New Home Fire Safety Act, which would require the installation of fire sprinklers in newly constructed one- and two-family homes. The legislation awaits a signature from Governor Chris Christie. Safety advocates from the Garden State are asking sprinkler advocates from across the country to sign a petition showcasing national support for the bill. Please show your support by signing this petition. It's quick and easy! Why is this bill's passage so... Continue reading
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We are asking sprinkler advocates across North America to take action in support of a crucial piece of legislation. Both the New Jersey Assembly and Senate have passed the New Home Fire Safety Act, which would require the installation of fire sprinklers in newly constructed one- and two-family homes. The legislation awaits a signature from Governor Chris Christie. Safety advocates from the Garden State are asking sprinkler advocates from across the country to sign a petition showcasing national support for the bill. Please show your support by signing this petition. It's quick and easy! Why is this bill's passage so... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2015 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Effective April 1st, 2015, Casey Grant will assume the leadership of the Fire Protection Research Foundation, NFPA’s research affiliate, as its executive director. The Foundation supports NFPA’s mission through research planning, management and technology transfer, with a strong focus on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2015 at Today's Responder
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A new report has been released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) reveals new findings on dermal exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). The goal of this study was to detect whether or not contaminates such as PAHs can be absorbed through th e skin of fire fighters while performing structural firefighting operations. The report contains some very interesting findings. To read an overview of the report from the Fire Smoke Coalition click here. To read the full report click here. Continue reading
February 11, 2014 12:30 – 2:00 pm EST Responding to Electrical Vehicle Battery Fires Sponsored Webinar This Webinar reviews the results of a recent research program to develop the technical basis for best practices for emergency response procedures for electric drive vehicle battery incidents, with consideration for certain details including: suppression methods; personal protective equipment (PPE); and clean-up/overhaul operations. This research program was based on full-scale testing of large format Li-ion batteries used in these electric vehicles, and the presentation will summarize these tests and includes discussion on the key findings relating to best practices for emergency response procedures for... Continue reading
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Fire in the home poses one of the biggest threats to people and communities. Nearly 2,500 people per year, on average, die in U.S. house fires. Last year 83% of the people who died in fires did so in one and two bedroom houses. Sixty-seven percent of all firefighter deaths in residential structural fires occurred in one and two bedroom houses, according to an article on International Fire Fighter. The article, writen by Maria Figueroa, the recently-retired communications manager for NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative, says NFPA launched the sprinkler initiative in 2009, answering the calls of sprinkler advocates across the... Continue reading
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Harry Campbell for NFPA Journal There's apparently more to social media than merely posting and receiving mundane status updates. Take Superstorm Sandy and the 2010 Haiti earthquake, for example, when crucial information from victims and emergency agencies was found on Facebook, Twitter, and other channels. As the public increasingly turns to social media during emergencies, actions and conversations are taking place that aim to bolster the use of these tools. The latest cover story in NFPA Journal highlights these efforts, including major endeavors by the American Red Cross, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and NFPA. For instance, an NFPA task... Continue reading
The Spring 2013 NFPA/IFMA Regional Fire Code Development Committee meeting schedule is as follows: Northcentral - April 22, 2014, Embassy Suites Kansas City Plaza, Kansas City, MO, starts at 8:00 am and ends by 5:00 pm. Northeastern - April 4, 2014, DoubleTree Baltimore-BWI Airport, Linthicum, MD, starts at 8:00 am and ends by 5:00 pm. Southern - April 17, 2014, Embassy Suites Convention Center, New Orleans, LA, starts at 8:00 am and ends by 5:00 pm. Western - April 1, 2014, DoubleTree Suites Tucson Airport, Tucson, AZ, starts at 8:00 am and ends by 5:00 pm. For more infomation click... Continue reading
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video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player Right before Christmas, firefighters in Wellesley suited up in special gear and rescued Crosby the dog who had fallen through the ice along the Charles River. Wellesley officials posted a video of the dramatic rescue to their Facebook and Twitter accounts, and the footage soon went viral. To show her appreciation for the firefighters that braved the shivering cold conditions of the water, Ellen DeGeneres decided to fly four of the first responders out to her studio in California. The firefighters appeared on Ellen's talkshow yesterday, and the clip can be seen above. Officials from... Continue reading
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Photo: Marc Vasconcellos/The Enterprise Edward "Sonny" Burrell, the only living firefighter who battled a devastating fire at a Massachusetts theater in 1941, died this week. He was 99. The historic blaze occurred at the Strand Theatre in downtown Brockton, killing 13 of Burrell's fellow firefighters and injuring 20 others. The event is still classified as one of the deadliest incidents for firefighters, per NFPA statistics. According to an article on Wicked Local Brockton, Burrell, who was later named Brockton's fire chief, attended the dedication of the Strand Theatre memorial in 2008 and was honored a year later for his service... Continue reading
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Soon after the June 2013 Black Forest Fire (the most destructive fire in Colorado’s history) took two lives, destroyed 486 homes and burned more than 14,000 acres of ponderosa pine forest, area stakeholders began work on a collaborative visual learning tool for residents in their combined jurisdictions. The video’s objective was to visually communicate the need for increased and continuous wildfire mitigation that reduces the risk from future fires. The immense power and importance of community-wide mitigation is highlighted and reiterated throughout the thirteen minute video "Protecting Our Homes, Our Firefighters and Our Forests." Firefighters, homeowners and wildfire risk reduction... Continue reading
A few months ago we had a blog about Google Glass and its possible applications for the fire service. Although I assumed in time we would have a story about someone using them in the fire service I did not think it would take just a couple months. In the video above fire fighter Patrick Jackson of Rocky Mount, North Carolina, has developed and used apps for Google Glass that could potentially spark a technological revolution in firefighting. Check out the video and see for yourself. Continue reading