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The Fire Protection Research Foundation released the "Guidance Document: Emergency Communication Strategies for Buildings", which was derived from a full project report by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The guidance document was developed in response to information and messaging needs identified by the NFPA 72, National Fire... Continue reading
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The Fire Protection Research Foundation released the "Guidance Document: Emergency Communication Strategies for Buildings", which was derived from a full project report by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The guidance document was developed in response to information and messaging needs identified by the NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code Technical Committee for Emergency Communication Systems. While we know that effective communication strategies are critical in the event of a building emergency, there’s been little guidance on how to best communicate to occupants and ensure an effective, safe emergency response. This guidance document helps system designers,... Continue reading
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NFPA just released an updated report on the total cost of fire in the U.S. which showed that the total cost of fire in 2011 was estimated at $329 billion, or roughly 2.1% of U.S. gross domestic product (GDP). Adjusted for inflation, the total cost represents a 34% increase over 1980, while its proportion of U.S. gross domestic product has declined by about one-third. However, both the total cost of fire and its associated percentage of GDP have been roughly steady for the past decade and a half. Find out more about all of the items that are factored together... Continue reading
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NFPA just released an updated report on the total cost of fire in the U.S. which showed that the total cost of fire in 2011 was estimated at $329 billion, or roughly 2.1% of U.S. gross domestic product (GDP). Adjusted... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at Today's Responder
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Thank you Mircom Group of Companies for participating in the 2014 NFPA Conference & Expo sponsorship program! We appreciate your continued support. Please visit Mircom Group in booth #1833 from June 9 – June 11 to learn more about their... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at NFPA Conference & Expo
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Members, join Dick Roux, Product Specialist in NFPA’s Electrical Division, as he discusses code changes and improvements to the 2013 edition of NFPA 72: National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code during our next episode of NFPA Office Hours on April 24th at 2:00pm ET. Some of these changes and improvements he will discuss include: The new addition of Chapter 7: Documentation Revisions made to Chapter 14: Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance Updates made to Chapter 26: Supervising Station Alarm Systems Register today! Have questions? Get the answers during this live event by emailing [email protected] in advance or tweeting to #OfficeHours during... Continue reading
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Do you have a great story, experience or case study you would like to share at the 2015 Backyards & Beyond Conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina? Learn more about how to submit your session proposals. Deadline is Friday, August 29, 2014. NFPA’s bi-annual Backyards & Beyond Wildland Fire Education... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Thank you Victaulic for participating in the 2014 NFPA Conference & Expo sponsorship program! We appreciate your continued support. Please visit Victaulic in booth #633 from June 9 – June 11 to learn more about their products and services. As... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2014 at NFPA Conference & Expo
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Today, on the anniversary of the Boston Marathon attacks last year, we reflect on the positive - the good & selflessness of others towards those in need and the strength of this city. What does the Boston Strong ribbon and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2014 at Today's Responder
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On April 15, 1989, 96 people died and hundreds were injured at Hillsborough Stadium in Britain's worst sporting disaster. Award-winning producer/director Daniel Gordon directed a new ESPN program, "Hillsborough" that lets viewers see the tragedy through the eyes of those there that day, many of whom spoke publicly for the first time. The program's overview can be seen below: "Hillsborough" is a comprehensive account of the Hillsborough Stadium disaster, a tragedy that occurred during an FA Cup semifinal soccer match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at the Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, England. The film focuses on the events that unfolded... Continue reading
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Do you use the NFPA 1 Fire Code?! NFPA is looking for consumers to try out a new ‘Code Builder’ product that we are considering releasing into the market place. To preview this ‘Code Builder’ and participate in user testing please email Jason Chou, Product Marketing Manager, at [email protected] We value your feedback and look forward to hearing from you! Continue reading
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Do you use the NFPA 1 Fire Code?! NFPA is looking for consumers to try out a new ‘Code Builder’ product that we are considering releasing into the market place. To preview this ‘Code Builder’ and participate in user testing... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at Today's Responder
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Every year, more than 80,000 workers suffer an injury on construction job sites across the U.S. Any one incident is one too many. Life is too precious to not make safety the number one focus in the U.S. construction industry. Because of this, 31 national and global construction firms comprising The Construction Industry Safety (CISI) group and the Incident and Injury Free CEO (IIF) Forum have joined forces with a single aim: to inspire everyone in the industry to be leaders in safety. Banding together, they have created the first US Industry Safety Week, running this year from Sunday May... Continue reading
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NFPA knows that education and awareness are important tools for fire prevention. To promote this mission, NFPA, the Fire Protection Research Foundation and the insurance industry recently launched the “Contain IBC Fire Risk” campaign to educate the fire service and industry about the serious yet often overlooked risk created when of combustible or flammable fluids are improperly stored in Intermediate Bulk Containers. As part of this effort, NFPA and campaign partners created an educational video to show how this risk can result in hazardous pool fires and encourage proper storage of flammable and combustible liquids. NFPA interviewed representatives from the... Continue reading
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NFPA knows that education and awareness are important tools for fire prevention. To promote this mission, NFPA, the Fire Protection Research Foundation and the insurance industry recently launched the “Contain IBC Fire Risk” campaign to educate the fire service and industry about the serious yet often overlooked risk created when... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
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Teams from NFPA's Public Fire Protection and Public Education groups are exhibiting at the FDIC Conference this week in Indianapolis. FDIC gives attendees the chance to view the latest products and technologies in today's fire service industry and provides a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Today's Responder
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Thank you SDi for participating in the 2014 NFPA Conference & Expo sponsorship program! We appreciate your continued support. Please visit SDi in booth #1334 from June 9 – June 11 to learn more about their products and services. SDi... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at NFPA Conference & Expo
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A new Fire Protection Research Foundation report, "Smoke Alarm Nuisance Source Characterization - Phase 1" has been published, authored by Joshua Dinaburg and Daniel Gottuk, Ph.D. with Hughes Associates. During the revision cycle for the 2010 edition of NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, the Technical Committee on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
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Three out of five home fire deaths in 2007-2011 resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms, according to a newly released report, “Smoke Alarms in U.S. Home Fires.” The report examines the number of reported fires in U.S.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Today's Responder
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We recently shared the news with you all that after three decades of leading NFPA’s Fire Analysis and Research Division, Dr. John R. Hall, Jr. is retiring from NFPA. We appreciate all he has done for NFPA and will miss him, but wish him the best in retirement. While filling his shoes may be tough, we know there is someone out there who will be perfect for the job! If you want to make a difference, we have an ideal opportunity for you to become the new Division Director, responsible for the Association’s data collection, research and analysis programs. Principal... Continue reading
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On March 14, 2014, a Sparky The Fire Dog Statue was unveiled on the grounds of the Convention Hall in Enid, Oklahoma in dedication to the late Fire Chief Philip Clover. The statue, in addition to being a touching image... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at Today's Responder
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On March 14, 2014, a Sparky The Fire Dog Statue was unveiled on the grounds of the Convention Hall in Enid, Oklahoma in dedication to the late Fire Chief Philip Clover. The statue, in addition to being a touching image of remembrance, will also will provide the city with a unique outdoor classroom area to deliver fire safety messages to future generations of Enid children. PR Director Steve Kime interviews Enid Fire Department - Enid, OK's Fire Marshal Ken Helms at the dedication in the video below. Continue reading
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America has spoken, and one of the newest monuments in the nation’s capital has been voted its most popular. After a hard-fought final round, the National Fire Dog Monument took home top honors in the Washington Post’s “Monument Madness” tournament, besting some of the most worthy and famous contenders, including the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, and other longtime favorites by popular vote. The monument, co-sponsored by State Farm Insurance and American Humane Association, the country’s first national humane organization, honors the work that accelerant detection canine teams (commonly known as arson dogs and their handlers) do to investigate suspicious... Continue reading
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On December 9 and 10, 2013, the Fire Protection Research Foundation hosted a workshop in Chicago, IL that examined the performance of sprinkler systems. The objective of the workshop was to develop possible solutions to sprinkler system design and installation deficiencies that can lead to performance issues. Some of the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
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Three out of five home fire deaths in 2007-2011 resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms, according to a newly released report, “Smoke Alarms in U.S. Home Fires.” The report examines the number of reported fires in U.S. households with and without working smoke alarms, as well as... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Safety Source