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The nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) and NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative, together with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), will be awarding a fire chief for their outstanding local efforts to increase the installation of residential fire sprinkler systems. The “Bringing Safety Home” award recognizes a fire chief who uses resources from the HFSC and NFPA to educate their communities and ensure that decision-makers have information to pass or upgrade residential fire sprinkler legislation at the local level.

The deadline for submissions is July 29.  Last year, Chief Timothy Solobay of Cannonsburg (PA) Volunteer Fire Department was the first recipient of the “Bringing Safety Home” award. He was recognized for the role he played to educate decision-makers in his area and state.

This year, the award will be presented by IAFC’s Fire and Life Safety Section at the 2011 Fire Rescue International in Atlanta.

Download a nomination form.

Ev Safety Training
Developed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in partnership with the U.S.Department of Energy, the Electric Vehicle Safety Training course is designed to provide emergency responders with the information needed to respond safely and effectively to emergencies involving hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles, and to emergencies involving vehicle charging stations.

The course provides basic instruction in:

  • The realities and myths regarding hazards and risks to responders
  • Vehicle components, systems and safety features
  • Vehicle recognition and identification techniques at accident scenes
  • Procedures for initial response, shutdown and immobilization, and
  • Guidelines and safety considerations for emergency operations

The first Train-the-Trainer course will be held in Massachusetts, at the Department of Fire Services in Stow, MA on July 28, 2011. If you are a MA-based first response training officer and are interested in Electric Vehicle Safety Training, register for this training course now.

Don't live in Massachusetts, but are interested in participating? Watch for updates on when the training program comes to your state.

-Lauren Backstrom

RF news Read the latest issue of the e-newsletter published by the Fire Protection Research Foundation.

In this issue:

  • Bigglestone Award, Foundation Medal presented at NFPA Conference in Boston
  • New Research Foundation reports and projects
  • Join us in Detroit this September for the Dust Explosion Hazards 2-Day Symposium
  • Award-winning research papers available online for limited time

Sign-up to receive this bi-monthly newsletter.

The Research Foundation plans, manages, and communicates research on a broad range of fire safety issues in collaboration with scientists and laboratories around the world. The Foundation is an affiliate of NFPA.

In 2008, NFPA’s Standards Council approved NFPA 1917, Automotive Ambulances, for inclusion in the 2012 revision cycle. The new standard establishes the minimum requirements, performance parameters, and essential criteria for new emergency medical services (EMS) vehicles and could replace federal specification requirements currently guiding ambulance construction. Read the full article.

Video: NFPA's Larry Stewart gives an overview of NFPA 1917.

Read the NFPA Standards Council agenda and hearings schedule to find out what appeals will be heard and items to be addressed at its meeting on August 9-11 at NFPA headquarters, Quincy, MA. The Council will act on the issuance of the Annual 2011 documents and the appeals on these documents at this meeting.

The NFPA Standards Council is a 13-person committee appointed by the NFPA Board of Directors that oversees the Association's codes and standards development activities, administers the rules and regulations, and acts as an appeals body. The Council administers about 250 NFPA Technical Committees and their work on nearly 300 documents addressing topics of importance to the built environment.

- Debbie 

hybrid and electric vehicles—even when running!—are silent 
One of the most important things that EV Safety Training’s curriculum for first responders teaches is that hybrid and electric vehicles—even when running!—are silent. While these silent engines could present a danger to first responders, they could also be dangerous to pedestrians, especially those who don’t always take the time to look both ways before crossing the street.

Read the entire post on NFPA's Electric Vehicle Safety Training Project blog.

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