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During the November NFPA 101 and NFPA 5000 Correlating Committee meetings in Boston, some committee members joked about the “magic” that happens back at NFPA Headquarters. Submittals were processed, Technical Committee (TC) meetings were organized, ballots prepared and documents were created.

It would be nice if all it took was magic, but in reality, it’s just the product of great teamwork. What did it take to complete the First Draft of NFPA 101 and NFPA 5000?

17: Number of TC meetings

614: Number of TC participants (TC members, alternates and Chairs)

6: Number of NFPA Technical Staff

547: Number of PIs submitted for NFPA 101

302: Number of PIs submitted for NFPA 5000

602: Number of FRs created for NFPA 101

523: Number of FRs created for NFPA 5000

The NFPA process starts with submissions from the public. They signed into Nwalkerand submitted their “Public Inputs (PIs)” on sections of the code they wished to change. Input was submitted both online and on paper. Nancy Walker worked diligently to make sure all of the PIs (800+) submitted were completed properly. 

The First Draft meetings were held in May and August in Minneapolis and St. Louis respectively. PIs were reviewed and the committees generated “First Revisions (FR)” to make changes to the text.

Editorial staffThe editorial team worked with the staff liaisons to review all 1000+ changes and incorporate them into First Drafts. Special thanks go out to the editorial team at NFPA for their great work.(Pictured: Lisa Haapaoja, Nancy Wirtes, and Jackie Bock)

Diane Matthews and Kelly Carey worked together to compileDianeandkellyballots and to distribute them to TCs. They collected ballot submissions, calculated ballot results, and posted all of the information online. Check out the ballot results here: or

The Correlating Committee met in Boston in November.Their ballots are currently out and are due at the end of the month.

The First Draft Report including a draft of the documents and the committee's changes will be posted at the end of February and will be open for Public Comments until May 13th. Then we will begin working our magic on the Second Draft.

New Project Evaluation of Fire Service Training Fires

Each year thousands of fire fighters are injured
during training, and occasionally some are fatally injured.  Live fire
training evolution is an effective and popular training method, but it’s also
one that exposes the trainees to significant hazards.  One common cause of
fire fighter death and injury is a lack of understanding of the hazard
assessment of live fires used for training.  The Foundation has initiated a project with the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute and the University of Maryland to better understand the hazards of live fire training evolutions and provide data and information to support a fire hazard assessment methodology
for fire training officers and fire fighters.  

In 2008, the Fire Protection Research Foundation published its 5 year Strategic Research Agenda, which played an important role in guiding The Foundation's activities over the past four years. That agenda was developed in part through a broad outreach in our community to identify emerging issues likely to impact NFPA codes and standards in the future. Survey

We are revising our agenda and we need your help. Please take a few minutes to provide us with your input on the key emerging issues likely to impact fire and electrical safety in the next five years. Your candid insights are very important to us. We value your feedback.

The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete. Your answers are confidential and will only be used in combination with responses from the other participants.

To participate, please click on the following link, or copy and paste the link into the address line of your browser.

We appreciate your taking the time to complete our survey. Thank you!

Comments or concerns? Contact Janet Halpern


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A new report, by NFPA's Michael J. Karter, Jr., presents an analysis of volunteer firefighter injuries between 2009 and 2011. The report was undertaken to compare the experience of volunteer firefighters to all firefighter injuries. Departments that protect communities of less than 10,000 population are comprised mostly of volunteer firefighters.

Among the findings of the report:

    • For injuries by type of duty, volunteers (56.6%) were more likely to receive injuries at the fireground than all firefighters combined (43.3%), and volunteers (12.1%) were less apt to be injured at nonfire emergencies than for all firefighters (19.9%). This is due to the fact that many smaller departments do not provide EMS service, so nonfire emergencies are a smaller component of their overall incidents, while fires are a larger component.

    • For injuries at the fireground, the leading types of injuries were strain, sprains, muscular pain, accounting for 2,145 injuries; wound, cut, bleeding, bruise, accounting for 1,450 injuries; frostbite, heat stroke, accounting for 1,200 injuries; and smoke or gas inhalation, accounting for 710 injuries. For all types of duty, wound, cut, bleeding, bruise and strain, sprains, muscular pain accounted for the largest shares of injuries.


Read the entire report, available for free on NFPA's website.

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