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The October issue of Fire Break, NFPA’s wildland fire newsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, you’ll find: A link to Kathleen Almand’s Journal column highlighting the research behind the three ways structures burn in the WUI Information about the October “Ask the Expert” webinar, which will focus on ways to improve access for wildfire personnel Additional resources for the 2015 Wildfire Community Preparedness Day event A link to Jim Pauley’s “First Word” column in Journal about the role NFPA is playing to address the wildfire problem in the U.S. … And lots more! We want to continue... Continue reading
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The October issue of Fire Break, NFPA’s wildland fire newsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, you’ll find: A link to Kathleen Almand’s Journal column highlighting the research behind the three ways structures burn in the WUI Information about the October “Ask the Expert” webinar, which will focus... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Office Hours is a live, interactive, streaming video presentation for NFPA Members featuring NFPA technical staff discussing NFPA codes and standards. In this month's event, join Matt Klaus, Principal Fire Protection Engineer with NFPA, and James Golinveaux, Sr. Fellow Water Fire Suppression with Tyco Fire & Building Products, as they discuss the latest on NFPA 13: Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems. Discussion topics for the live event include; New storage protection schemes available in the 2013 and 2016 editions of NFPA 13 Current research projects related to storage fire protection How you can get involved in committee activity... Continue reading
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The American Red Cross Home Fire campaign aims to reduce the number of deaths and injuries from home fires by as much as 25 percent over the next five years. Along with installing smoke alarms, the Red Cross is joining with fire departments and community groups nationwide to canvass neighborhoods and teach people all over the U.S. about fire safety. Red Cross teams started canvassing across the country to help install smoke alarms, check existing smoke alarms and sometimes help families create fire escape plans. Some communities developed creative ways to implement their fire campaign and interact with community members.... Continue reading
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The American Red Cross Home Fire campaign aims to reduce the number of deaths and injuries from home fires by as much as 25 percent over the next five years. Along with installing smoke alarms, the Red Cross is joining with fire departments and community groups nationwide to canvass neighborhoods... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Safety Source
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FireRescue1 published a great piece yesterday that included thoughts from the public on what they thought some of the best results of Fire Prevention Week in the past have been. They asked their fans on Facebook to tell them the most profound impact that came from their Fire Prevention Week efforts. Some said it inspired them to become a firefighter, and others applauded kids for teaching their parents what they learned. Below are some of the most compelling responses they received. Be sure to add your own in the comment section below. "Witnessing first-hand a child leading his sister out... Continue reading
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FireRescue1 published a great piece yesterday that included thoughts from the public on what they thought some of the best results of Fire Prevention Week in the past have been. They asked their fans on Facebook to tell them the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at Today's Responder
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NFPA is now offering an expanded, free online training for the fire service: Electric/Hybrid/Fuel Cell Safety Course for Trucks, Buses, and Commercial Fleet Vehicles. The new course provides response training for incidents involving these advanced electric drive vehicles and builds on NFPA’s electric vehicle (EV) training program that focuses on electric and hybrid passenger vehicles. Estimates point to more than 13 million electric/hybrid vehicles on the world's roadways within five years. To help emergency responders handle the unique challenges presented by this new technology across vehicle types, NFPA developed the new training as a second course following its passenger vehicle... Continue reading
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NFPA is now offering an expanded, free online training for the fire service: Electric/Hybrid/Fuel Cell Safety Course for Trucks, Buses, and Commercial Fleet Vehicles. The new course provides response training for incidents involving these advanced electric drive vehicles and builds... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at Today's Responder
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NFPA and The Home Depot are working together to promote the importance of working smoke alarms in support of Fire Prevention Week’s 2014 campaign, “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!”. “Teaming up with NFPA to promote Fire Prevention Week helps reinforce important fire safety messages among the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at Safety Source
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NFPA and The Home Depot are working together to promote the importance of working smoke alarms in support of Fire Prevention Week’s 2014 campaign, “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!”. “Teaming up with NFPA to promote Fire Prevention Week helps reinforce important fire safety messages among the thousands of customers who enter our stores nationwide each day,” says Hila Roberts, merchant, fire safety, for The Home Depot. “Where smoke alarms play a key role in home fire safety, NFPA’s information and resources help educate the public about the extreme importance of smoke alarms in the home. Partnering... Continue reading
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NFPA's Standards Council has approved a request to establish a standard for Community Risk Assessments and Reduction plans. The standard will provide a process for jurisdictions to follow in developing and implementing a Community Risk Reduction plan, which helps identify a community risk profile and allocate resources to minimize risks. The standard, which was requested by the Vision 20/20 project, is expected to be done in the next two years. There is a growing interest in Community Risk Reduction in the U.S. For example, the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ (IAFC) strategic planning platform now recognizes the need for the... Continue reading
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NFPA's Standards Council has approved a request to establish a standard for Community Risk Assessments and Reduction plans. The standard will provide a process for jurisdictions to follow in developing and implementing a Community Risk Reduction plan, which helps identify... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at Today's Responder
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The Technical Committee on Hazardous Materials Response Personnel is seeking public input for a new, proposed standard, NFPA 1072 Standard on Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Emergency Response Professional Qualifications. For the past several months the Technical Committee on Hazardous... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at Today's Responder
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Within the last few days the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) released the Commodity Preparedness and incident Management Reference Sheet for Petroleum Crude Oil. A summary of the report is outlined below. The complete... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at Today's Responder
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NFPA and Sparky the Fire Dog are teaming up with Domino’s Pizza for the 7th consecutive year, this Fire Prevention Week. During Fire Prevention Week, October 5-11, participating markets in the U.S. will be reinforcing this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign theme, “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at Safety Source
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NFPA and Sparky the Fire Dog are teaming up with Domino’s Pizza for the 7th consecutive year, this Fire Prevention Week. During Fire Prevention Week, October 5-11, participating markets in the U.S. will be reinforcing this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign theme, “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!”, on top of pizza boxes. Working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. However, two-thirds of U.S. home fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. The fliers on pizza boxes will include statistics on smoke alarms, installation... Continue reading
The trend for use of high-strength steels continues to head in the direction of modern motor vehicles using more effective and efficient blends of high strength materials. Automobile manufacturers are continuing to increase the use of high-strength steels in HSS... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at Today's Responder
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The Brazil flag was flown today at the NFPA headquarters, in honor of Col. Roberto Fontenelle Damasceno, Director General of Technical Services (Fire Marshal) for the State of Rio de Janeiro Military Fire Brigade. Col. Fontenelle has been participating in the NFPA State Fire Marshal Forum this week and visiting the Quincy, MA office today. He was accompanied by Mr. Anderson Queiroz, a fire protection engineer from Rio, who served as his translator. We have been working closely with Col. Fontenelle and his staff on the adoption of NFPA 1 Fire Code in the state of Rio de Janeiro. Much... Continue reading
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The September-October issue of Research Foundation News is available for your viewing. Featured items include: Foundation research on prevention of cooking fires New reports issued: Using crowdsourcing to develop emergency responder SOPs Sprinkler Protection for Cloud Ceilings Validation of the Fire Safety Evaluation System in the 2013 Edition of the NFPA 101A Evaluation of Water Additives for Fire Control and Vapor Mitigation Egress Modelling in Health Care Occupancies Free Webinar on Fire Safety Challenges in Tall Wood Buildings New project on environmental impact of fire Thanks for having a look! This bi-monthly Research Foundation newsletter describes new projects, research planning... Continue reading
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The September-October issue of Research Foundation News is available for your viewing. Featured items include: Foundation research on prevention of cooking fires New reports issued: Using crowdsourcing to develop emergency responder SOPs Sprinkler Protection for Cloud Ceilings Validation of the Fire Safety Evaluation System in the 2013 Edition of the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
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Office Hours is a live, interactive, streaming video presentation for NFPA Members featuring NFPA technical staff discussing NFPA codes and standards. In this month's event, join Gil Moniz, Sr. Electrical Specialist at NFPA, as he discusses code changes and new requirements pertaining to the 2015 edition of NFPA 70E: Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace. Discussion topics for the live event include; An in-depth look at how the 2015 edition introduces a major change in how stakeholders evaluate electrical risk. New requirements clarifying where normal operation of electric equipment is permitted. A new section that requires the employer to... Continue reading
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Ellen Tauscher, Alliance Board Chair , and Jim Pauley, NFPA President Just yesterday, The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety and NFPA formalized a collaboration through a Memorandum of Understanding. This MOU will empower Alliance Members, factories, workers and other stakeholders with information, guidance and access to training resources that will help protect the health and safety of workers in ready-made garment (RMG) factories in Bangladesh. “For too many years, the RMG industry has not taken enough measures to protect employees and prevent tragedies caused by unsafe working conditions or poor building construction,” said Ellen Tauscher, Alliance Board Chair and former... Continue reading
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The September issue of Fire Break, NFPA’s wildland fire newsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, you’ll find: Information about FEMA’s National Preparedness Month (September) and how you can participate in wildfire preparedness activities at your home or in your community An inside look at last week’s Congressional briefing sponsored by NFPA that focused on wildfire issues in the U.S. A link to the Firewise state plant list Wildfire teaching tools and resources for your next meeting … And lots more! We want to continue to share all of this great information with you so don’t miss an... Continue reading
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The September issue of Fire Break, NFPA’s wildland fire newsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, you’ll find: Information about FEMA’s National Preparedness Month (September) and how you can participate in wildfire preparedness activities at your home or in your community An inside look at last week’s Congressional... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog