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NFPA’s Association Technical Meeting is now underway at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. Today, members will consider the following seven documents: 

  • NFPA 51AStandard for Acetylene Cylinder Charging Plants
  • NFPA 484Standard for Combustible Metals 
  • NFPA 664Standard for the Prevention of Fires and Explosions in Wood Processing and Woodworking Facilities
  • NFPA 704Standard System for the Identification of the Hazards of Materials for Emergency Response
  • NFPA 2112Standard on Flame-Resistant Garments for Protection of Industrial Personnel Against Flash Fire 
  • NFPA 720Standard for the Installation of Carbon Monoxide(CO) Detection and Warning Equipment
  • NFPA 99Standard for Health Care Facilities    

Visit our Conference blog for results from the Technical Meeting.


Last November, NFPA's Board of Directors approved a comprehensive set of changes to the regulations that govern the Association's standards development process. Amy Cronin, division manager of NFPA's Codes and Standards Administration, and secretary to the Standards Council, provides an overview of the new regulations. 

 

The new regulations will be in effect for NFPA documents reporting in the Fall 2013 Revision Cycle and all subsequent revision cycles. Documents reporting up to and including the Annual 2013 cycle will operate under the current regulations. During the transition period, NFPA standards development will be operating under two sets of regulations.

Read a complete overview of the new NFPA regulations.

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NFPA's Rita Fahy presents findings of the 2010 Firefighter Fatality report.

Attendees of the NFPA Conference & Expo presentation on the U.S. firefighter fatality problem learned about the results of NFPA's annual firefighter fatality study. According to NFPA's Dr. Rita Fahy, one of the authors of the report, it is "not a line of duty study, becuase that implies it was emergency related". Instead, the study was specific to on duty fatalities. This includes fatalities that happen at the scene, en route to/from the scene, or while performing training, maintenance, or public education. 

The NFPA report shows that a total of 72 on-duty firefighter deaths occurred in the United States in 2010, a sharp drop from the 105 on-duty deaths in 2008 and 82 in 2009 and it is the lowest annual total since the NFPA began conducting this annual study in 1977.

Other key findings in the report include: 

  • There were nine deaths in crashes of road vehicles in 2010, as well as in 2009, which is the lowest since 1983.
  • There were 44 volunteer firefighters deaths in 2010, which continues a downward trend.
  • The ages of all U.S. firefighters who died ranged from 20 to 86 with a median age of 52.5 years.

Download NFPA's 2010 Firefigher Fatality report.

    Video: Watch Dr. Fahy and Ken Willette of NFPA"s Public Fire Protection Division, talk about the findings of the firefighter fatality report:

     

    - Karen Wallingford


     

    http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01538f17c1fa970b-pi!http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01538f17c27a970b-120wi|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01538f17c27a970b-120wi|alt=FIR_1983_6_14_hotel|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=Download the report and article here|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef01538f17c27a970b!On June 14, 1983, an early morning fire at a Ramada Inn in Fort Worth, TX, killed five people and injured 33 others. The fire spread was accelerated by twenty-three rolls of carpet  and padding that were stored in the area of fire origin.  The cause was determined to be suspicious by the Fort Worth Fire Department, although specific details were undetermined.


     

    Additionally, the building was not protected by automatic sprinklers or smoke detectors and had no fire alarm system. NFPA members can download the full investigation report and the March 1984+ Fire Journal +article.


    -[Ben Evarts | mailto:bevarts@nfpa.org]

     

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