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Earlier this month, Ford revealed its first all-electric vehicle at a corporate conference in Dearborn, Mich. The release of the Ford Focus Electric 2012 — which is expected to hit the roads later this year — is yet another indication of the rising popularity of electric vehicles. As referenced in a previous post on our blog, Google research estimates that electric, plug-in and hybrid vehicles will dominate the road by 2030.

Last week, the Forbes Green Tech blog posted an article about Ford’s new vehicle and the growing EV marketplace. The post includes a pretty interesting video about Ford’s new and expanding fleet of electric vehicles — including the Ford Focus Electric — and highlights the technology and features of the new vehicles.With this transitioning market, it is imperative that emergency responders shift gears and learn about these new vehicles should they ever be involved in an accident.

NFPA’s electric vehicle project is driving this training initiative and will begin our full state-level “train-the-trainer” sessions in Massachusetts on July 28. Stay tuned for more information about trainings across the country and how to participate in a program near you by visiting  

In 2010, NFPA’s peer reviewed Journal Fire Technology celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Bigglestone award: given by the Foundation for the best paper in each annual issue. These twenty five award winning papers represent a significant contribution to the advancement of the state of the art of fire safety research and engineering. Eight original award winning authors responded to our invitation to submit a retrospective on the topic addressed in their original paper. Like Fire Technology itself, the papers cover a broad range of fire protection engineering and research subjects, reflecting on advances in the science and practice since the time the paper was written. These papers are available through Springer On-Line Open Access until July 31.

Redline PDF Example 
We all appreciate resources and tools that can help us be more efficient in our work and make things a bit easier. NFPA has new offerings that do just that for folks who use our codes and standards. PDF versions of the 2011, 2010 and 2009 National Fire Codes® Sets can now be downloaded for offline access and searching across the complete code set. The PDFs can also be maintained as an electronic archive. Another new resource that has been well received is Redline Editions (available for select codes) which, through the use of color, identify changes in the code from one edition to the next. Check out which documents are now available as redline.

Read more about PDF and redline versions of NFPA codes.


by Russell Fleming, P.E.
From the new issue of NFPA Journal®

Headss up NFPA Journal While the “small room rule” has been around for 40 years, it remains a source of confusion in the application of NFPA 13, Installation of Sprinkler Systems. The rule is never clearly stated but exists as a combination of special allowances made for rooms no larger than 800 square feet (74.3 square meters) in size.

One area of confusion is between the small room rule and the “room design method.” The room design method is an alternative to the use of a density/area method when deciding which sprinklers constitute the “design area,” the reasonably worst-case arrangement of sprinklers expected to operate simultaneously during a fire. The size of the design area determines the minimum water supply for the area.

Read Russell's full article in NFPA Journal.

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