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NFPA President Jim Shannon
NFPA President James M. Shannon and representatives of every major fire service organization in the state came together on November 3, 2011, to protest the new building code in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts which omits the provision to require home fire sprinklers in new construction.

Saying that the state building regulations board is playing with fire, NFPA President Jim Shannon and every major fire service organization in Massachusetts joined forces at a rallly on November 3 to protest the state’s new building code. The Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) recently removed the provision for fire sprinklers in new homes from the state’s building code.

"The BBRS should reverse their action," said Mr. Shannon. "They should not allow substandard homes to be built in Massachusetts."

During the rally, a dramatic side-by-side demonstration confirmed the value of home fire sprinklers.

Burn demonstration

A fire totally destroys an unsprinklered room during a live, side-by-side demonstration at NFPA headquarters in Quincy, MA. In the room outfitted with a single sprinkler head, the sprinkler activated after 20 seconds and quickly brought down the flames.

NFPA's Gary Keith talks to Boston TV reporter

NFPA's Gary Keith talks to a Boston television reporter following the dramatic side-by-side home fire sprinkler demonstration.

- Mike Hazell

Mexico Fire Expo
NFPA is looking for speakers to present at the 2012 NFPA Mexico Fire Expo, April 24-26, 2012 in Mexico City. This event will provide a forum for attendees to learn industry best practices and:

  • identify key issues facing fire and life safety professionals
  • expand their knowledge and professional skills
  • prepare for challenges in the fire and life safety fields

NFPA has issued a call for papers for this conference. Topics that are relevant to professionals interested in fire protection and life safety, including engineers, building owners, fire protection system designers, facility managers, fire service professionals and inspectors will be considered. Presenters will receive a complimentary conference registration (valued up to $300)

Submit a presentation proposal. Deadline: December 31, 2011

On-line presentation features Firewise principles, information and resources for people in the wildland-urban interface

With the 2011 wildfire season on its way to becoming one of the worst on record, the Firewise staff knows how important it is for residents living and working in wildfire high-risk areas to get the information they need to mitigate their wildfire risk and reduce losses.

Michele_steinberg_50x60x2Please join Michele Steinberg, program manager of NFPA’s Firewise Communities Program, at 1:00 pm (EST) Tuesday, November 8, for an online wildfire safety presentation featuring the Firewise program. Learn how wildfires behave and homes ignite. She will also review Firewise resources and materials available to help homeowners and neighbors work together to design a safe community.

Have questions for Michele? This is the perfect way to share your thoughts with others who face the same challenges in their own communities. Submit your questions through November 7. And don’t forget to register for the free wildfire safety webinar!

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