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Dave Nuss, NFPA's Director of Wildland Fire Operations Division, invites you to attend this year's "Backyards & Beyond" Wildland Fire Education Conference in Denver this October. This event is devoted to bringing together a diverse audience of leading wildland fire experts, Firewise® community representatives, community planners, civic leaders, homeowners and residents, insurance professionals, landscape architects and others. Register now and reserve your seat!


Georgia marked the third stop on our national “train-the-trainer” tour and nearly 100 firefighters and first responders from across the state turned out to take part in the training.

NFPA trainer Matt Paiss and Project Manager John Cannon were joined by members of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth, GA to take part in the day-long training.

In addition to the classroom training, participants were able to view the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid (provided by Riverside Ford Lincoln in Macon) and see first-hand the inner workings and new technologies in the hybrid electric vehicle.

“This is a great opportunity for many members of Georgia’s firefighting community to learn more about these new vehicles,” said Georgia Fire Academy Director Dave Wall, of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center. “Here in Georgia we are starting to see a larger influx of new hybrid and electric vehicles. This training will help our firefighters prepare and have the knowledge to better protect the communities we serve.”

Participants in the Georgia training were provided with resources and materials to take back to fire districts across Georgia.

We have a busy couple of weeks ahead of us with stops in Oregon (September 22), New Hampshire (September 26) and Connecticut (September 30).

To find out more information about the EV safety training series, and to register for upcoming sessions near you, visit our calendar

In 1999, the scope of NFPA 1124 was expanded to include requirements for retail sale of consumer pyrotechnics and the Pyrotechnics Committee was charged with the development of a new chapter on permanent facilities (both fireworks only and mixed commodity facilities), and temporary stands, tents and other retail sales facilities. In 2007, the Foundation conducted a hazard assessment and gap analysis for the standard. An identified gap in information is sprinkler protection criteria for the storage of this commodity in retail facilities.

This new report presents the results of a field survey of stored consumer fireworks in retail facilities; a hazard assessment based on that survey and other information, and a research plan to evaluate required sprinkler protection design criteria.

NFPA Fire Loss Report 
A firefighter escapes through a second-story window while battling a house fire in Clear Spring, Maryland. The blaze destroyed four row houses. (Photograph: AP/Wide World)

The new issue of NFPA Journal® highlights data from NFPA's "Fire Loss in the United States During 2010" report, by Michael J. Karter, Jr. Public fire departments responded to 1,331,500 fires in the United States last year, according to estimates based on data NFPA received from fire departments responding to its 2010 National Fire Experience Survey. This represents a slight decrease of 1.3 percent from the previous year and is the lowest since NFPA started using its current survey methodology in 1977–78.


  • 1,331,500 fires were responded to by public fire departments, a decrease of 1.3 percent from the year before
  • 482,000 fires occurred in structures, an increase of 0.3 percent from 2009
  • 384,000 fires, or 80 percent of all structure fires, occurred in residential properties
  • 215,500 fires occurred in vehicles, a decrease of 1.6 percent from the year before
  • 634,000 fires occurred in outside properties, a decrease of 2.3 percent from 2009

Read the full NFPA Journal report for additional data on civilan fire deaths and injuries, property damage, and intetionally-set fires.

- Mike Hazell

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