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NFPA Fire Protection Engineer Matt Klaus provided a report on a new standard, NFPA 3 , Commissioning and Integrated Testing of Fire Protection and Life Safety Systems. The document is being processed in the Annual 2011 revision cycle. Matt provided attendees with a firsthand review of the draft document as it moves forward, and who needs to be involved in commissioning projects.


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Who is responsible for completing the tasks outlined in NFPA 25, Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems? Matt Klaus, a fire protection engineer at NFPA, talks about the various tasks outlined in the standard, who should complete them, and the role of the authority having jurisdiction.


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Hank Blackwell, former deputy fire chief and fire marshal for the Santa Fe County (NM) Fire Department, was the featured speaker at today's luncheon. Hank, who also serves on NFPA's Wildland Fire Management Committee, talked about the needed shift in public perception about wildfires. He pointed out that wildfires - whether started by humans or by lightening - occur as part of a natural process that helps maintain healthy forests.

A key to preventing large-scale loss of life and property from wildlfires is to take incremental steps - such as choosing and maintaining suitable landscaping materials, and making wise choices about your home's building materials and design -- that can significantly reduce the chances of a wildfire being transferred into urban areas.

"A lot of people still have a suppression mindset," he said, "and they think the answer to preventing wildfires is more firefighters and more fire engines."

Learn more about NFPA's Firewise Communities program, which encourages local solutions for wildfire safety by involving homeowners, community leaders, planners, developers, firefighters, and others in the effort to protect people and property from the risk of wildfire.

Combustible dusts can pose a fire and explosion hazard when specific conditions exist.  Awareness of these conditions is the first step towards establishing a combustible dust hazard process management program. During the Orlando conference, Guy Colonna's, manager of NFPA's Industrial Chemical Engineering division, presented a three-part educational session on hazard recognition, the evaluation and analysis of a potentional explosion situation, and steps to take to minimize or eliminate a fire or explosion incident.


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From NFPA Journal®: As part of its goal to create a new, state-of-the-art refinery following a catastrophic explosion and fire in 2008, Imperial Sugar turned to Ron Allen  to help it devise and implement safety features in all of its facilities.

NFPA’s Dust Explosion Hazards 1-day Seminar

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There is a new chapter in the 2010 edition of NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code , that deals specifically with emergency communications systems, including all apsects of installation and performance. The requirements for every system that deals with voice, be it recorded voice, synthesized voice or live voice, all reside in this chapter. Dick Roux, Senior Electrical Specialist at NFPA, talks about the new requirements and, in particular, the section that deals with mass notification systems.


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