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As we continue to learn more about the current wildfire situation in the west, our hearts go out to all those in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and other states where homes have been destroyed and lives disrupted from wildfire over the past several days and weeks.

Wildfires continue to grow and threaten communities along the Front Range of Colorado and numerous places in the Western U.S. The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) mission of reducing fire and threats to life safety extends to areas impacted by wildfire. With resources including our strong Fire Adapted Communities Coalition of national safety organizations, and our Firewise Communities Program, NFPA is working to provide residents and fire responders with information and resources they need to create places that are adapted to the fire threat, and to prepare to protect life and property from wildfire.

I encourage you to visit www.fireadapted.org to learn more about what each of us can do to protect what is important and to find resources including Firewise practices and emergency evacuation tips.  NFPA is dedicated to reducing the losses from fire worldwide, and we will continue to reach out to communities to help support and provide resources to residents during this very trying time.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact NFPA’s Wildland Fire Operations Division Staff.

-        Jim Shannon

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Saab is going electric

Posted by andrewklock Employee Jun 27, 2012

Saab, the Swedish automobile company that over the past several years has seen significant loss in sales, filed for bankruptcy late last year. However, Saab was acquired on June 13th by National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS). A consortium that plans to turn Saab into a strictly electric vehicle company.

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Despite Saab being a household name it has struggled severely in recent years to maintain profits. In 2006 Saab sold 133,000 cars, this number was down to an estimated 15,000 in 2011. This led to announcement that they had filed for bankruptcy on December 19, 2011.

National Electric Vehicle Sweden is a Chinese-Japanese investment group that hopes by transitioning Saab as an electric vehicle producer it will turn around the company. Initially NEVS plans to focus in China as
there is a booming electric vehicle market. Saab's eventual goal is to be the world leader in electric vehicles.

Saab has a history of being innovative and different. They were created by aircraft engineers and have the tagline "born from jets" as a way to differentiate them as an advanced vehicle. Moving to be a producer of only electric vehicles is a continuation of this legacy.

The company plans to have its first vehicle, a model based on the 9-3, available in early 2014.

Apply today for the Warren E. Isman Education Grant, which will provide a $5,000 award for one hazardous materials response team to register for specialized training at a national hazardous materials conference.

Any established hazardous materials incident response team from a fire department, police department or other public-funded program may apply. Preference will be given to teams which demonstrate:

  • Leadership qualities
  • Communication abilities
  • Training to the levels outlined in NFPA 472, Professional Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials Incidents, and NFPA 473, Competencies for EMS Personnel Responding to Hazardous Materials Incidents

Learn more, download an application. All applications must be submitted by September 15.

Increasing the use and adoption of NFPA codes and standards, working to get ahead of the growing number of wildfires around the world, and the determined effort to increase the use of home fire sprinklers in all new homes were just a few of the topics addressed by outgoing NFPA Chair Thomas Jaeger at the Opening General Session at the 2012 NFPA Conference & Expo in Las Vegas.

Did you miss Mr. Jaeger's remarks at our NFPA's Conference & Expo in Las Vegas? Now you read the full transcript of his remarks or watch his presentation below.

 

"Let me tell you why I think these are both the best of times for NFPA and the most challenging times that NFPA has ever faced." NFPA President Jim Shannon took the stage at the Opening General Session of the 2012 NFPA Conference & Expo on June 11 to bring attendees up to speed on Association activities and initiatives. Mr. Shannon said that throughout its 116-year history, NFPA has worked to meet the fire and life safety challenges of the times. The Association's impact is felt around the globe, he said.

Did you miss President Jim Shanon's remarks at our NFPA's Conference & Expo in Las Vegas? Now you read the full transcript of his remarks or watch his presentation below.

 

The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) and NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative are teaming up with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) to present a national award that recognizes the outstanding local efforts of a fire chief who has worked to increase the installation of residential fire sprinkler systems in his or her service area.

HFSC and NFPA will jointly present the “Bringing Safety Home” Award during the IAFC’s Fire and Life Safety Section at the 2012 Fire Rescue International in Denver, CO, this August. 

Nominations for the award will be accepted through July 6, 2012. 

The recipient will be selected from nominees that have used HFSC’s educational materials along with NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative resources as the foundation of a local, regional or statewide program to educate about the need for more home fire sprinkler system installations as a method to reduce fire injury and death.

Read more about the award and download the application form.

FirewiseCalendarContest2014
The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Firewise® Communities Program announces its 2014 Calendar Firewise Day Photo Contest and invites photo enthusiasts to submit their favorite, original photographs of their community’s Firewise Day events or activities. Winning entries will be displayed in the 2014 Firewise calendar.

Whether it’s a “chipper day” to clear brush and tree limbs, a state fair exhibit, a neighborhood clean-up day, or door-to-door outreach, your hard work helps contribute to a community that is safer from wildfire. Remember, each photo should highlight residents actively participating in Firewise Day activities. So, gather your neighbors and be creative!

if you’re an official Firewise community looking to renew or a neighborhood starting the process for the first time, we want to hear from you. Show us your accomplishments! A total of 15 photos will be selected representing each month, beginning with December 2013 and including the back and front covers.

The contest runs from July 2, 2012 through November 2, 2012. The winners will be announced February 8, 2013.

More information about the contest, including rules and how to enter can be found on the Firewise website. Additional resources and tips on how to plan a Firewise Day event are also available. To learn how others have creatively hosted a Firewise event, visit the success stories page on the website.

We look forward to hearing from you. Good luck!

KitchenstirAccording to NFPA, there were 150,200 reported home cooking related fires per year (2003-2006), which accounted for 40% of all reported home fires. These fires resulted in 500 civilian deaths. See NFPA's cooking safety tips.

In this session, the results of Fire Protection Research Foundation study on home cooking fires commissioned by the National Institute of Standards and Technology were presented by Daniel Gottuk and Joshua Dinaburg of Hughes Associates, Inc.

Download the “Home Cooking Fire Mitigation: Technology Assessment" study.

The objective of this study was to develop an action plan to mitigate loss from home cooking fires by furthering the implementation of fire prevention technologies suitable for use on or with home cooking appliances. The study included an in-depth assessment of cooking fire scenarios, a review of current and emerging technologies, and the development of an assessment methodology.

Today’s presenters said technologies currently exist that can be used to significantly reduce life and property loss from cooking fires. The most effective technologies include control of the stovetop which has implications on cost, certification, and, potentially, cooking performance. However, they pointed out that cooktop suppression systems are estimated to have a significant effect on preventing deaths.

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According to a recent study, “Addressing Community Wildfire Risk:  A Review and Assessment of Regulatory and Planning Tools,” released by the Fire Protection Research Foundation, collaboration, outreach and education programs are needed to achieve the greatest impact in reducing community wildfire risk.

The risk of catastrophic fire occurrence in the wildland/urban interface (WUI) is a major issue in today’s fire protection community. At a time when prolonged drought, longer and hotter summers and changing climates have contributed to an increase of wildfire threats in the WUI, communities are also faced with shrinking budgets and increasing wildfire suppression costs.

Zoning administrators, building officials, planners and fire/emergency managers have potential tools to consider when addressing their community wildfire risk, which include land regulation, building codes and standards, Community Wildfire Protection Plans, and wildfire hazard mitigation planning, according to the report. Collaboration among these officials and the tools they use are needed for a comprehensive wildfire preparedness effort.

The report also stresses that outreach and education programs, such as the Firewise Communities/USA® Recognition Program, strengthen the overall efforts conducted by WUI professionals.

More information and the full report are available on the Foundation’s website.

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