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Wish List
NFPA’s Judy Comoletti, division manager of Public Education, Amy Lebeau, associate project manager of Public Education, and Lauren Backstrom, social media manager will be hosting a free webinar on Sparky’s Wish List™:  Partnering for Fire-Safe Communities on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 2:00 PM (EST). During this time they will show fire departments how to create a registry and use the tools provided to promote the program in the community. Participants will be invited to ask questions.

Sparky’s Wish List is a new program that will bring together fire departments and local communities to help fund fire departments purchases of life-saving fire safety educational materials for Fire Prevention Week.  “With this free webinar, fire departments will learn how to create a wish list, add the educational materials they need, and use tools provided to reach out to members of their community to get support,” said Judy Comoletti.

Fire Departments are invited to create an online wish list for their required Fire Prevention Week materials that the public can then fulfill to provide critical educational materials for their communities.

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While perusing NFPA's site, you may have noticed a new take on a familiar face. Sparky®, NFPA's official spokesdog, has been transformed from a lovable cartoon into a full-fledged puppet, just in time to introduce this year's theme for Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 7-13, and Sparky's Wish ListTM: Partnering for Fire-Safe Communities:


Turning 61 this year, the personable pooch has gone through a series of makeovers since arriving on the scene. Take a moment and read the feature story in NFPA Journal  on how Sparky has been portrayed through the years. And keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming Journal story on how NFPA brought the Sparky puppet to life.


-Fred Durso, Jr.

The following proposed Tentative Interim Amendments (TIA) for NFPA 72 are being published for public review and comment:

Anyone may submit a comment on these proposed TIAs by the June 1, 2012 closing date. Along with your comment, please identify the number of the TIA and forward to the Secretary, Standards Council by the closing date.

- Debbie Baio

On April 27, 1998, a fire in an occupied board and care facility in Arlington, Washington killed eight of the building’s 32 residents.  The facility was originally built as a hospital but had undergone several renovations and changes in usage over the years, and was not equipped with an automatic fire sprinkler system.  A local fire alarm system was installed with hardwired, AC powered smoke detectors and heat detectors in corridors and common areas.  There were also manual pull stations next to the exterior exit doors. 

The fire was determined to be incendiary in nature, and is believed to have begun when a resident ignited her bedding material with either a lighter or matches.  Based on NFPA’s investigation and analysis, the following were significant factors contributing to the loss of life in this incident.

  • Lack of an automatic fire sprinkler system
  • Lack of system smoke detectors in the room of origin
  • An open door in the room of origin
  • Additional open doors

NFPA members can read the full investigation report, and all site visitors can read a summary of the investigation

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