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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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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
Bruce Springsteen's son, Sam, was one of 42 members of the Monmouth County Fire Academy in New Jersey that graduated this month, reports the Hollywood Reporter. The Boss and his wife, Patti Scialfa, attended the ceremony earlier this month. Sam will join the Colts Neck Fire Department. Sciafa posted a photo of her son in uniform on Instagram. "My youngest son, Sam, graduated from Monmouth County Fire Academy tonight," Sciafa stated. "#Proud #OurFamilyHero." Sam had to complete training in the areas of fire rescue, extinguishment, Hazmat, and CPR--topics covered in various NFPA codes and standards. I've been a fan of... Continue reading
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The NFPA Board of Directors voted unanimously to name Jim Pauley of Lexington, Kentucky as the next president of NFPA. Pauley is currently senior vice president of External Affairs and Government Relations for Schneider Electric and will assume his new role in July. Pauley has served in a number of codes and standards-related activities including chairman of the board for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), chairman of NFPA’s Standards Council and chair of the High Performance Building Council for the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA). Read more on the NFPA Today blog. Continue reading
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Jim Silvernail, a member of the NFPA 1710 technical committee, posted an article on Fire Engineering sharing his experience as a TC member and explaining how he has taken his knowledge of 1710 and developed a text to assist departments in asessing their staffing levels against safety and efficiency. Jims article provides an insiders view, but recoginizes the real world application of 1710. NFPA and the Technical Committee acknowledge 1710 provides perfomance metrics agencies can measure themselves against as well as recommended staffing levels. While achieving the staffing levels may not be possible, measuring perfomance is, and that information can... Continue reading
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Looking for an interesting perspective on topics relevant to the first responder community? Check out the new column in NFPA Journal written by Ken Willette, NFPA's division manager for Public Fire Protection. Willette, who spent 35 years in the fire service, addresses the ever-evolving role of today's emergency responders and NFPA's role in improving responder safety. "Today’s responders must be prepared for all hazards and all manner of threats, and their response must be coordinated and unified," says Willette. "The response to the Boston Marathon bombings last year was proof that a unified command, and a unified approach to resource... Continue reading
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The new 2014 edition of NFPA 921 Guide For Fire and Explosion Investigation is available. NFPA 921 is the premier document in the world today that provides guidance and recommendations as to the proper methodology to follow and the science to apply to the investigation of fire and explosion incidents. The 2014 edition is the first NFPA Code or Standard document to be published in color. The Technical Committee Chairman Randy Watson has been working with the Committee and NFPA to incorporate color photographs into the document. This will greatly enhance the effectiveness of the document, and no chapter will... Continue reading
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The death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman has highlighted the availability of heroin and tragic outcomes resulting from addiction. Not even Vermont is immune from this crisis, having one of the highest per capita rates of heroin use in the nation, with thousands in treatment or in need of treatment. The Quincy MA, Police Department (which also happens to be where NFPA is located), has pioneered a way for police officers, who often are first on scene of an overdose emergency, to adminsiter Narcan, a drug that immediately reverses the respiratory depression caused by an opiate overdose, such as heroin. In... Continue reading
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Recently, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate several individuals to key Administration posts. Among those nominated was Mr. Manuel Ehrlich, Jr. to the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB). Mr. Ehrlich is a member of the NFPA Technical Committee for Hazardous Materials Response Personnel. Manny has lead a distinguished career including for following: Principal at ESP Consulting, a position he has held since 2002. Mr. Ehrlich was a Site General Manager for Pitt Penn Corporation from 2007 to 2009. He served as the General Manager of the Emergency Response Training Center from 2006 to 2007 and was... Continue reading
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The news of 9 firefighters from the Buenos Aires, Argentina Fire Department losing their live after a wall collapse during a fire at a data storage facility is tragic and our condolences to the families of the fallen, Chief Carlos Ferlise and all the members of the BAFD. We have seen our share of similiar fires and tragic outcomes here in the states. Here is a a partial list of such events: Worcester, MA Cold Storage 1999 6 FF killed in storage building (lost/trapped) Charleston, SC Super Sofa Store June 18, 2007 9 FF killed in furniture store with storage... Continue reading
Thanks to Jim from Rochester NY FD for sharing how they are using Narcan with impressive results! RFD saving lives from overdose - 13WHAM - Top Stories. Continue reading
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If you are following the buzz around the latest Undrwriters Lab (UL) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) research on fire suppression techniques, including transitional fire attack (starting outside then move in) and controling ventilation flow points, including the primary ingress door to a burning structure, you know not all firefighters are buying into the new research. Capt. Dave Lablanc has a blog, The Backstep Firefighter , and he posted Don't Look Now But Someone Broke the Cookie Cutter , a pretty honest asessment of what I think many out there in the land of response are thinking.... Continue reading
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Do you want to make a difference? We have an ideal opportunity for an Emergency Services Specialist to provide staff liaison support to technical committees and provide technical support and advisory services on subjects related to the emergency services and emergency management, including fire protection, fire investigation, emergency responder safety and occupational health, emergency medical services, fire science education, and law enforcement. In addition, the person in this position would participate in research and analysis projects related to fire investigation and fire service occupational health and safety. This Emergency Services Specialist would work in our Quincy, MA headquarters. For a... Continue reading
If you are planning on attending FDIC April 7-12, 2014 in Indianapolis, IN stop by NFPA Booth 2601 in the Exhibit Hall. There will be staff from the Public Fire Protection Division to discuss fire service standards, Public Education programs, the new EV Project and other programs at NFPA. Hope to see you there. Continue reading
Have you heard that drones,or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV's) as some prefer they be called, were becoming commercially available and could be available to emergency service agencies before to long. Possible uses, providing real time view of an incident scene, wildfire reconnaissance and searching for lost persons to name a few. Well, it appears UAV's are now affordable and are hovering over incident scenes.Sometimes with good results, like this video footage of a working fire in Providence,R.I. from the Rhode Island Fire Drone. But as with all new technology, there are still some issues to work out. Given the sensitive... Continue reading
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So last week I had the opportunity to be in Washington D.C. as an attendee and as an exhibitor at the EMS Today, the JEMS Conference and Exposition. I have attended this conference and expo before but this was the first year that the NFPA as there as an exhibitor. And I must say that this was a very successful confernce and expo for the NFPA. While we did have a booth as part of the expo I did manage to step away to attend some of the many educational sessions that were offered to the attendees. Some were very... Continue reading
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We saw this story on the news this morning, and knew that our first responder community would rally around this cause - so we wanted to share! The mother of a little boy with leukemia said she wants his seventh birthday to be special, and is looking to first responders for help. Tyler Seddon will turn 7 on March 6, and his mother, Rachel, said she wants it to be the best day of his life. “He goes crazy over firefighters and police,” she said. “We want this to be a special birthday, because you never know what could be... Continue reading
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Each year thousands of fire fighters are injured during training, and occasionally some are fatally injured. Live fire training evolution is an effective and popular training method, but it’s also one that exposes the trainees to significant hazards. One common cause of fire fighter death and injury is a lack of understanding of the hazard assessment of live fires used for training. A new report was just published, authored by Chad M. Lannon and James A. Milke of the University of Maryland on this topic. This research effort is intended to further clarify the hazards of live fire training evolutions... Continue reading