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To help protect emergency first responders from exposure to the Ebola virus, NFPA is seeking comments to a Tentative Interim Amendment (TIA) to NFPA 1999: Standard on Protective Clothing for Emergency Medical Operations. The TIA proposes a revision to the design and performance criteria of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to address the risk of exposure to the Ebola virus threat. NFPA has posted the TIA on NFPA 1999 for public review and comment. To submit a comment, please e-mail the Secretary, Standards Council, by January 15, 2015 at TIAs_Errata_FIs@nfpa.org. The TIA follows work conducted by several organizations and federal agencies... Continue reading
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To help protect emergency first responders from exposure to the Ebola virus, NFPA is seeking comments to a Tentative Interim Amendment (TIA) to NFPA 1999: Standard on Protective Clothing for Emergency Medical Operations. The TIA proposes a revision to the... Continue reading
Posted 19 minutes ago at Today's Responder
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Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) provides many tips and resources to help prevent the common hazards that occur while celebrating the holidays. Many of their resrouces are also great visual pieces that are easily shared like the below 'Naughty and Nice' list. Visit their holiday safety website to check them... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at Safety Source
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We want to welcome two new members of our senior leadership team here at NFPA! Charles (Chuck) Stravin is now our vice president of business operations, with overall responsibility for developing the strategic vision and operations to serve customers. Julie Lynch is our new vice president of human resources (HR) and will develop and align HR strategy, programs and policies to support NFPA’s overall strategy and evolving culture and goals. Chuck will oversee a product and service strategy that delivers solutions to NFPA’s diverse customers in fire, electrical and building safety. His leadership responsibilities include product development, marketing and advertising,... Continue reading
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The December issue of Safety Source, NFPA's public education enewsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, you will find; Put a Freeze on Winter Fires and Project Holiday Fire-safety materials for the family NFPA recruiting for three public education positions Children's videos highlight wildfire safety Blog on microwave safety 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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Behavioral health is a subject not often talked about in the fire service, but it affects every department and emergency responder in some way or other. The NVFC, through its Share the Load™ Support Program, has developed a series of... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Today's Responder
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The December issue of Safety Source, NFPA's public education enewsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, you will find; Put a Freeze on Winter Fires and Project Holiday Fire-safety materials for the family NFPA recruiting for three public education positions Children's videos highlight wildfire safety Blog on microwave... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Safety Source
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The December 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: A link to NFPA’s “Large Loss Fires in the United States in 2013” report that highlights Colorado’s Black Forest Fire that resulted in $420.5 million in damage, the highest in terms of direct property loss of any fire in the country. Information about the newest members of the Wildland Fire Operations Division Some interesting statistics about lightning and its connection to wildfires A link to our new Sparky wildfire videos Resources to help prepare seasonal... Continue reading
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The December 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: A link to NFPA’s “Large Loss Fires in the United States in 2013” report that highlights Colorado’s Black Forest Fire that resulted in $420.5 million... Continue reading
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The main function of a chimney structure is “draft” through which, flue gases and smoke are removed from the building. Several parameters influence draft including the chimney height and the temperature differences between the outside air and combusted gases inside the flue. Flow resistance decreases the induced draft. Moreover, additional... Continue reading
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Do you want to make a difference? NFPA's public education division is hiring for three new positions! The Public Education Regional Specialists will work remotely and be responsible for promoting the use of NFPA fire-safety education materials at the state and local level. They will serve in an ambassadorial role for the Association on a regional level by being an effective spokesperson for all NFPA public education and advocacy initiatives on behalf of NFPA, and providing an NFPA presence for fire departments in the region while coordinating field activities with Association staff. Job requirements include a minimum of 7 years... Continue reading
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Do you want to make a difference? NFPA's public education division is hiring for three new positions! The Public Education Regional Specialists will work remotely and be responsible for promoting the use of NFPA fire-safety education materials at the state... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Today's Responder
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Do you want to make a difference? NFPA's public education division is hiring for three new positions! The Public Education Regional Specialists will work remotely and be responsible for promoting the use of NFPA fire-safety education materials at the state and local level. They will serve in an ambassadorial role... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Safety Source
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Such sad news from earlier this week; a Philadelphia firefighter died battling a blaze in the West Oak Lane neighborhood and became the city's first female firefighter to die in the line of duty. Joyce Craig-Lewis was one of 150... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at Today's Responder
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We are delighted to welcome two new staff to our Denver and Quincy offices. Tom Welle joins the Denver office as a senior project manager and supervisor. Faith Berry joins the Quincy office as an associate project manager. Both Tom and Faith will contribute to the Division's mission of reducing risks to life and property from wildfire through advocacy, outreach, education, research and codes and standards. Tom joins NFPA from a career in public service and wildland firefighting. Most recently, he spent more than a decade with Douglas County, Colorado, as a ranger and land management specialist. He has also... Continue reading
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The NFPA Technical Committee on Emergency Medical Services (EMS-AAA) convened a national emergency medical services (EMS) stakeholders meeting in April 2014 to discuss the subject of Mobile Integrated Healthcare/Community Paramedicine (MIH/CP). Over the past few years, there have been many changes to the delivery of healthcare, including the delivery of EMS, which has led to the need for this collaborative meeting. The reforms compelled the EMS Technical Committee to organize a meeting for stakeholders to garner input from a broad group of healthcare professionals and to discuss the possibility for a new standard request on MIH/CP. The meeting afforded the... Continue reading
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The NFPA Technical Committee on Emergency Medical Services (EMS-AAA) convened a national emergency medical services (EMS) stakeholders meeting in April 2014 to discuss the subject of Mobile Integrated Healthcare/Community Paramedicine (MIH/CP). Over the past few years, there have been many... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at Today's Responder
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Each year, NFPA and USFA team up to remind you that the winter months are the leading time of year for home fires in our Put a Freeze on Winter Fires campaign. To help you stay safe, we provide a wealth of safety tips and information on cooking, heating, candles... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at Safety Source
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Each year, NFPA and USFA team up to remind you that the winter months are the leading time of year for home fires in our Put a Freeze on Winter Fires campaign. To help you stay safe, we provide a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at Today's Responder
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Each year, NFPA and USFA team up to remind you that the winter months are the leading time of year for home fires in our Put a Freeze on Winter Fires campaign. To help you stay safe, we provide a wealth of safety tips and information on cooking, heating, candles and holiday decorating – factors that contribute to the increased risk of home fires in the months ahead. This Wednesday, at 2:00pm ET, NFPA and USFA will join forces with ESFI to host a Twitter chat all about winter safety. We will discuss many important winter home fire topics and... Continue reading
I'm really happy to announce three new children's videos from NFPA's Wildland Fire Operations Division. The videos, “Sparky’s Wildfire Safety Home Projects for Kids and Parents,” “Sparky’s Neighborhood Wildfire Safety Tips for Families” and “Sparky and NFPA’s Wildfire Safety Checklist” feature NFPA’s spokesdog, Sparky the Fire Dog® who teaches young children the importance of wildfire safety. Each video provides a fun and easy way parents and children can work together to help reduce the risk of wildfire damage to their homes and around their neighborhoods. The videos complement other youth-related wildfire information including interactive games, quizzes and artwork, and teaching... Continue reading
I'm really happy to announce three new children's videos from NFPA's Wildland Fire Operations Division. The videos, “Sparky’s Wildfire Safety Home Projects for Kids and Parents,” “Sparky’s Neighborhood Wildfire Safety Tips for Families” and “Sparky and NFPA’s Wildfire Safety Checklist”... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2014 at Today's Responder
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During Thanksgiving there is a lot of cooking going on in the kitchen. Make sure you have a 3 foot "kid-free" zone around the stove. Print out and make your own "kid-free" zone marker to show children exactly where the 3 foot mark is. However, the holidays are also a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2014 at Safety Source
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Yesterday, the Board of Directors of the ProBoard, the accrediting organization that internationally recognizes professional achievement in the fire service and related fields, met in the Quincy headquarters of NFPA. The group listened to various updates from around NFPA, including... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at Today's Responder
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The November issue of Safety Source, NFPA's public education enewsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, you will find; New community toolkit on carbon monoxide safety Mini lesson on CO poisoning Select tip sheets can now be customized Printable safety placemat for Thanksgiving dinner Tips for a fire-safe Thanksgiving Jim Pauley discusses effective ways to improve data collection 10 tips to get ahead of the winer freeze 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... Continue reading