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The newly formed Technical Committee on Building Fire & Life Safety Directors is charged with the development of national standards relating to facility emergency action plans and criteria for building fire and life safety directors. The committee’s scope is:

“This committee shall have primary responsibility for documents related to the duties, requirements, and competencies required of Building Fire and Life Safety Directors. This committee shall also have primary responsibility for the establishment of minimum requirements for emergency action plans addressing all-hazard emergencies within occupied structures having an occupant load of greater than 500 This committee shall not have responsibility of such qualifications, roles, responsibilities, or emergency action plans within industrial occupancies.


Its first project is to develop a standard that shall establish the duties, requirements, and competencies for building fire and life safety directors related to all-hazard emergencies in structures having occupant load of greater than 500.”


     At NFPA’s 2016 Conference & Expo on Tue, Jun 14, 2016 - 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM in Reef E of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV, the committee will hold the following session:

T74 - Interactive Overview of NFPA's New Technical Committee on Building Fire & Life Safety Directors


    This interactive session will provide an overview of the Committee's thoughts and gather input from attendees regarding the segmentation and the various topic areas to be covered in the new document. This is a must session for everyone who is involved in emergency action plans for buildings with occupancies of more than 500 people. Be sure to save the time and date!


See you there!  


NFPA Booth and Award

Posted by michaelwixted Employee Apr 27, 2016

Check out the NFPA Booth at the IAAI Fire Investigation Conference in Orlando.



NFPA was honored to receive the Outstanding Accomplishment Award for the contribution of its Standards to the fire investigation community. These standards are the work of NFPA volunteers, industry experts who represent a diverse pool of interests, and who come together to develop consensus based standards to  to minimize the risk and effects of fire. 


Next week I will be attending and presenting at the Door and Hardware Institute's annual conference (official conference title, ConNextions) in Orlando, Florida. 


I will have the opportunity to represent NFPA and co-present along with Paul Baillargeon, of the Door Security & Safety Foundation, an educational session on the impact of NFPA 80, Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives.  This session will focus on the particular impact NFPA 80 has on the health care industry as well as some new requirements in the 2016 edition of the standard.  With the anticipated adoption of NFPA 101, Life Safety Code, 2012 edition, by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the health care community will be faced with new requirements related to fire doors. 


Our session will be offered four separate times during the conference.  I am looking forward to meeting new faces in the fire door industry and talking about the role NFPA and NFPA 80 have in their work.  Facility managers, code officials, inspectors, manufacturers, all impacted by the provisions of NFPA 80, will be in attendance. 


Will you be there?  If so, swing by the NFPA booth and say hello.  I look forward to speading the word about fire door safety!


Are you attending the Fire Investigation Conference in Orlando this week and using NFPA Xchange for the first time? Check out the attached pdf for some quick tips. Also, the following blog posts may be of interest: NFPA® Fire Investigation Conference Sweepstakes NFPA 921 & NFPA 1033 - Where do you get them Internationally? NFPA 921 - 2017 Discussions Increasing Fire Investigator Awareness on Potential Alternative Fueled Vehicle (AFV) Safety Hazards Online Training

Are you attending the Fire Investigation Conference in Orlando, April 25th - April 29th? If so, stop by the NFPA Booth between 8:00am – 5:00pm Eastern Time (ET) on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 and 8:00am – 2:00pm ET on Thursday, April 28, 2016 (the "Contest Entry Period") to take part in our Sweepstakes. Give your business card to the NFPA representative at the booth for a chance to win up to $250 in NFPA Products. See official rules on our website at:

Across the United States, wildfire season has already begun in places we don’t normally think about.  In Kansas, the smoke from the 620-acre prairie blaze that started in Oklahoma could be seen from St. Louis, Missouri.


In Ohio, brush fires spread along a state turnpike in Lorraine County that was fueled by strong wind gusts of 28 to 35 miles per hour.

In Tennessee, 9 brush fires have been contained by the Tennessee Forestry Service with three more burning.  The warm temperatures have contributed to the fire season in the region.  According to an article by the WBIR news channel, Tips to protect your home in wildfire season, “The fire threatened four cabins, after wind blew a campfire out of control. Pigeon Forge Fire Chief Tony Watson said if not for good maintenance of the rental properties, the buildings could have been lost.”  On the video, Watson talked about the importance of following Firewise principles as you maintain your home this spring season.


“It’s also important to keep flammable material out from underneath stilted buildings, because an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Ben Franklin, one of the first volunteer firemen in Firewisenfpalogo500our country said that,” said Chief Watson. “That’s where we’re at, that’s what is important -- getting that word out.”

NFPA’s Firewise® program has some great tools to help you prepare, including no cost catalogue materials, online learning opportunities and the Firewise Toolkit.  Wherever you live you can be Firewise!


Read more about the fire that burnt 400,000 acres in Oklahoma and Kansas and how wildfires are burning in atypical areas across the US.

FEMA Disaster Dec

Looking at the FEMA issued map of disaster declarations for the last 50 years, I realized that there is a lot more work and research that needs to be accomplished to help communities be more resilient.  What does it mean to be resilient? From a NIST statement, it is; “The ability of a community to prepare for anticipated hazards, adapt to changing conditions, and withstand and recover rapidly from disruptions.”


The NIST report went on to state; "Over the last 10 years, natural disasters have caused, on average, $62 billion in damages and killed more than 550 people annually.  From 2011 to 2013, the federal government spent an estimated $136 billion on disaster relief." The message is a wake-up call for every community that we need to be better prepared to fare better in the event of a disaster.

Disaster Infographic


Wildfire is one event that can be prepared for predisaster.  According to a US Forest Service study, "Wildland fire and related natural disturbances continue to grow as major global threats to property, lives, and ecosystem integrity." The data from NIST state that more than 46 million homes and 77,000 communities in the US are at risk from wildfire.


So what can you do? Insurance industry leaders have looked at the data and recognized the value of living in a nationally recognized Firewise Community. NFPA's Firewise Communities program enables residents, firefighters, and community leaders have the information, education, and tools that they need to understand what their risk is and how they can best "mitigate" or work towards lessening their risk to loss from wildfire.  NFPA is currently offering two activities directed at residents and firefighters.


The first, National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, on May 7th and the second, FEMA funded Home Ignition Zone (HIZ) training for firefighters. These activities will give individuals the opportunity to learn about and implement wildfire preparedness principles. You can also refer to the Firewise website for success stories, no cost grant funded educational products, and tools that you will need to develop and grow your own nationally recognized Firewise Community.