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The June issue of Fire Break, NFPA’s Wildland Fire Operations Division newsletter, is now available for viewing. Here’s what you’ll find in this month’s issue: An update on NFPA’s Backyards & Beyond wildland fire conference in October in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina An announcement of the second phase of the Year of Living Less Dangerously from Wildfire campaign - ACT Information about using landscaping equipment (lawn mowers, chain saws, etc.) responsibly to reduce grass fires News that focuses on two insurance companies and their work to support wildfire safety ...and much more. We want to continue to share all of... Continue reading
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The June issue of Fire Break, NFPA’s Wildland Fire Operations Division newsletter, is now available for viewing. Here’s what you’ll find in this month’s issue: An update on NFPA’s Backyards & Beyond wildland fire conference in October in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina An announcement of the second phase of the... Continue reading
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Food trucks are gaining in popularity, and along with providing great and convenient food, a lot of equipment is kept in a very confined space which could potentially create fire risk. Compressed gasses, high voltage electricity, grills, hot fryer oil... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at NFPA Conference & Expo
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John Tello with Boston Properties presented, "Boston Marathon Terrorist Attack Incident Management at the Prudential Center, Boston - a Case Study," to Conference & Expo attendees this afternoon. The Prudential Center is a large multi-use property located along Boylston Street,... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at NFPA Conference & Expo
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After lunch, Kerry Bell, PE and Daniel Steppan with UL spent some time discussing "Sprinkler Protection for Rack Storage Exposed Expanded Group A Plastics" with attendees. The goal of the research project that they were reviewing, was to develop cost... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at NFPA Conference & Expo
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Have you answered Jim Pauley's questions on the idea wall outside NFPA Conference & Expo's expo hall? Come by and give us your thoughts on these questions: What does NFPA as an information and knowledge organization mean to you? What... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at NFPA Conference & Expo
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Have you answered Jim Pauley's questions on the idea wall outside NFPA Conference & Expo's expo hall? Come by and give us your thoughts on these questions: What does NFPA as an information and knowledge organization mean to you? What can we do for you and with you to move us closer to our vision of eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards? You can also just give us any suggestions or comments you may have, so come on by! Continue reading
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Karla Klas, BSN, RN, CCRP with the University of Michigan Trauma Burn Center spoke at an education session this morning about safe schools and building partnerships that prevent arson and prank fire incidents. Kids who "play" with fire are 5-36x... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at NFPA Conference & Expo
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Vincent Quinterno, CFI from the Rhode Island State Fire Marshal office talked this morning about how given unprecedented budget cuts, state and municipal fire service are looking to corporate partners in their areas for assistance with emergency planning. CVS continues... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at NFPA Conference & Expo
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While in Chicago, for NFPA Conference & Expo, Sparky stopped by Millennium Park to chat with some of his fans. One of Sparky's favorite things is being able to talk with people about fire safety, so we brought him out on the street and chatted with a bunch of fans... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at Safety Source
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Jack Sullivan, CSP, CFPS and the Director of Training with Responder Safety Institute gave a presentation this morning on "Traffic Incident Management & Firefighter Safety." An important issue Jack says, because after being inside a burning building, being on a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at NFPA Conference & Expo
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Next up this morning at NFPA Conference & Expo, a review of the changes to NFPA 13, 2016 edition relating to installation requirements (chapters 4, 6, 7 & 8) was given by Matt Klaus of NFPA, Russ Leavitt with Telgian... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at NFPA Conference & Expo
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Kicking off the NFPA Conference & Expo education session agenda, were Allison Carlock with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/FEMA and Tom Welle with NFPA's Wildland Fire Operations Division with their presentation on "America's PrepareAthon! Moving Millions to Prepare." America's PrepareAthon is a grassroots, community campaign to inspire action and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Kicking off the NFPA Conference & Expo education session agenda, were Allison Carlock with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/FEMA and Tom Welle with NFPA's Wildland Fire Operations Division with their presentation on "America's PrepareAthon! Moving Millions to Prepare." America's... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at NFPA Conference & Expo
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This morning, the NFPA Urban Fire & Life Safety Task Force kicked off their meeting, which officially starts the NFPA Conference & Expo event calendar. The group heard an update from NFPA staff on public education efforts as well as... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2015 at NFPA Conference & Expo
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Eight years ago today, a call was received for a fire in a Sofa Super Store in Charleston, SC. The fire would start in the loading dock behind the store and eventually would take over the rest of the 42,000 square foot structure. The Charleston 9, as the victims came to be known, died at the scene of the fire on the evening of June 18, 2007. The victims were Engineer Bradford "Brad" Baity, of Engine 19; Capt. Mike Benke of Engine 16; Firefighter Melvin Champaign, of Engine 16; Firefighter James "Earl" Drayton, of Engine 19; Asst. Engineer Michael French,... Continue reading
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The International Department here at NFPA, welcomed several Lund University Students from Sweden to the Quincy headquarters this week. Each year NFPA proudly hosts the fire protection engineer students. The students heard from many people around NFPA about all of the work going on here in the research, standards development, public fire protection, international, home fire sprinkler initiative, and building fire protection divisions. It is always a pleasure to teach the students the difference NFPA makes in their country and worldwide. Plus, we even learned how to say, “God morgon” (good morning) and "Välkommen till NFPA” (welcome to NFPA)! Continue reading
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Thank you to Napco Security Technologies for participating in the 2015 NFPA Conference & Expo sponsorship program! We appreciate your continued support. Please visit Napco Security Technologies in booth #139 June 22– June 24 to learn more about their products... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at NFPA Conference & Expo
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Helping children regain a sense of normalcy to their lives after burn injury and a reconnection with their peer community prompted the development of The Journey Back school re-entry program several years ago. When I was a child life specialist, I had been asked several times to present a school re-entry program on very short notice and without much preparation on how to implement such a program. School re-entry programs can be instrumental to a child’s transition in healing and after learning that many other colleagues were challenged with the same task -- and many schools and families were desperately... Continue reading
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The June issue of Safety Source, NFPA's public education enewsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, you will find; The launch of Fire Prevention Week 2015 New American Sign Language video NFPA teams up with Domino's Firework safety tip sheet Educators and behavior change New gas grill safety... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at Safety Source
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The June issue of Safety Source, NFPA's public education enewsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, you will find; The launch of Fire Prevention Week 2015 New American Sign Language video NFPA teams up with Domino's Firework safety tip sheet Educators and behavior change New gas grill safety video Family's escape story featured on PBS Kids Don't miss an issue! Sign up now and be the first to get the latest information on happenings in the public education division, activities, fire statistics, trends, educational tips, Sparky the Fire Dog® and more. Continue reading
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The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) announced that the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) have joined its all-volunteer Board of Directors. Chief Ron Siarnicki, executive director of NFFF, and Chief Kevin Quinn, chairman of NVFC, will represent the groups on the Board. “Our Board of Directors is pleased to welcome the NFFF and NVFC to the table,” says HFSC Board President Lorraine Carli. “We look forward to having the benefit of these national groups’ leadership, experience and expertise. The constituents of both these groups recognize the life-saving benefits of home fire sprinklers and... Continue reading
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The Fire Protection Research Foundation has just published a new report, "Hazardous Waste Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Facility Fire Code Gap Analysis" authored by Elizabeth C. Buc, PhD, PE, CFI with the Fire and Materials Research Laboratory, LLC. Fires are adverse events with tangible costs for property and human life. Quantification of the immediate and direct costs of fire provide a metric for understanding the social and economic impact of fire and for assessing progress in fire prevention and protection. In addition to their most manifest physical costs, however, fires have a range of less immediate and obvious adverse consequences... Continue reading
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Project Paradigm, in partnership with the American Red Cross, runs The Paradigm Challenge; an annual competition developed to inspire youth to affect positive change in the world. Each month we see a new contest, with great prizes, that helps accomplish this goal. June’s contest,Firefighter Spotlight, has been kicked off and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Thank you to Tyco SimplexGrinnell for participating in the 2015 NFPA Conference & Expo sponsorship program! We appreciate your continued support. Please visit Tyco SimplexGrinnell in booth #801 June 22– June 24 to learn more about their products and services.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2015 at NFPA Conference & Expo