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News reports are coming out all the time with more information about the many benefits of driving green cars. It’s common knowledge that the U.S. government offers tax credits to buyers of environmentally-friendly vehicles—up to $7,500 for some models.

But the advantages of driving a green car don’t stop at tax season. Drivers of environmentally-friendly cars can enjoy the perks all year round as they cruise past gas stations: hybrid vehicles fill up far less often than standard vehicles, plug-in hybrid and extended-range electric vehicles even less. Many highways allow hybrid and electric vehicles carrying only one occupant to use high-occupancy vehicle lanes, usually reserved for carpoolers and families, as well as offering cheaper tolls. Some cities also allow green vehicles to park for free in areas where other cars have to pay meters.

It’s not just governments that are offering privileges to green drivers. Private businesses are also offering incentives in various forms, from free valet parking to store and restaurant discounts, to both employers and customers.

What are some of the perks to driving green in your area? 

 

Public Fire Protection Division Manager Ken Willette discusses the experience of the fire service following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

Read more about the experience of emergency responders after 9/11 and how NFPA improved safety codes for firefighters following the attack in the new issue of NFPA Journal®.

On September 9, 1989, the Seattle Fire Department responded to a fire in a vacant lumber warehouse.  The incident quickly became a multiple alarm fire due to several factors, including multiple fire sets (fire investigators determined that the cause of the fire was arson).   A fire officer and a firefighter who were in a smoky section of the main building became disoriented.  The firefighter was found and rescued, but the officer was not able to escape, and died of smoke inhalation.  Factors contributing to the death of the fire officer included:

  • The inability of fireground officers to account at all times for the location of all personnel
  • The actions of firefighters that failed to conform to safe fireground practices as recommended by NFPA and the International Fire Service Training Association, and required by the Seattle Fire Department
  • The inadvertent use of the wrong radio channel by the two disoriented firefighters

NFPA members can read the full investigation report, and all site visitors can read NFPA’s report: Firefighter Fatalities in the United States 2010.

-Ben Evarts

Simplex Grinnell Attention NFPA members: Join us Thursday, September 22, at 2:00 pm (EST) for a free NFPA Journal® LIVE presentation on, "High-Rise Building Safety: Code Developments in Building and Occupant Safety Post-9/11". This presentation will feature Kristin Collette, P.E., NFPA Fire Protection Engineer, and Jim Quiter, P.E., FSFPE, Principal with Arup.

Kristin Collette and Jim Quiter NFPA Journal® Live presentations, created specifically for NFPA members, feature NFPA technical staff or outside experts discussing a topic related to the featured content in the latest NFPA Journal®. Our presentations consist of a presentation by a topic expert, followed by a question-and-answer session that members are invited to participate in. Featuring expert analysis,

Members: register today for the September 22 event.

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