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Marine_chemist_600Only when an NFPA-certificated marine chemist has certified an area of a ship as safe can anyone enter and begin the work of repairing that ship, says Lawrence Russell in his article "Vigilant Eye" in the most recent issue of NFPA Journal. The U.S. Coast Guard and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration both require a marine chemist certificate before shipboard repair can begin. 

This year is the 50th anniversary of NFPA’s decision to administer the Certificated Marine Chemist Program. It also marks the completion of the 20th revision of NFPA 306, Control of Gas Hazards on Vessels, and the development of NFPA 350, Guide for Safe Confined Space Entry and Work, a new document that focuses on creating best practices for working in and around confined spaces. For more on the new guide, go to page 58 in your copy of the March/April issue of NFPA Journal or read the article online

March Insider

NFPA members only! Register today for the next NFPA Insider presentation being held on March 21 at 2pm (EST). 

NFPA President Jim Shannon will give his first word as always. In this episode's 'Up to Code' segment, Carolyn Cronin from NFPA Codes and Standards Administration discusses the latest codes and standards information and activities. In the NFPA Journal Live piece, Steve Wolin, author of the March/April Journal cover story, discuss IKEA's efforts to help develop NFPA 13 sprinkler protection criteria for in-rack storage of exposed expanded plastics. And, lots more! Here's a preview:


NFPA INSIDER is a live, bi-monthly online session that features expanded news and content from the latest issue of NFPA Journal® and other NFPA sources. Not an NFPA member? Join today.

[The Fire Adapted Communities |] (FAC) Coalition has announced the release of a new report, “Lessons from Waldo Canyon” and a companion video, “Creating Fire Adapted Communities:  A Case Study from Colorado Springs and the Waldo Canyon Fire.”  The post-fire field report and video are a first from the FAC coalition.

In the wake of last summer’s tragic Waldo Canyon Fire which destroyed 345 homes and resulted in the evacuation of more than 30,000 residents from the City of Colorado Springs, Colorado, members of the Fire Adapted Communities Coalition visited the area to learn how the city’s decade-long wildfire safety programs had affected the outcome of the fire. The final report and video are the result of interviews, field visits and tours of the city’s most affected neighborhoods conducted by the Coalition’s assessment team during the three-day visit to the area in July 2012.


With support from the U.S. Forest Service , the mitigation assessment team, comprised of representatives from the Coalition including the [Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety |] (IBHS), the International Association of Fire Chiefs  (IAFC), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)and The Nature Conservancy (TNC), worked closely with the Colorado Springs Fire Marshal's Wildfire Mitigation Section  and the Colorado State Forest Service

[Watch the video and download the report from the FAC website |].

According to Pam Leschak, WUI/Fire Adapted Communities program manager for the USDA Forest Service Fire and Aviation Management, “The mitigation tools used by the Colorado Springs Fire Marshal’s Wildfire Mitigation Section for the last 10 years mirrored, to a large extent, the recommendations of the Fire Adapted Communities program. The findings of the report conclude that the damage to the city as a result of the Waldo Canyon Fire would have been far more wide-spread if these practices weren’t put into place.”


Learn more about Fire Adapted Communities, the Coalition and the programs and resources it offers by visiting the website at .


Additional information about the "Lessons from Waldo Canyon" report are available by contacting IBHS .</p>

Each year, NFPA’s Fire Analysis and Research group sends out a fire experience survey to over 20,000 U.S. fire departments protecting larger communities with populations of 50,000 or more, and to a sample of departments protecting smaller communities to collect data on their fire experience.   Now through the end of May, the survey forms will be collected by mail and e-mail, and the results will produce estimates on the overall fire problem in the U.S.   Statistics on the number of fires and associated losses, fire department calls, data by region and community size, as well information on firefighter injuries will be published in the September/October issue of NFPA Journal and in the annual fire loss in the U.S. report.   Read more about the fire loss report. 

The survey would not be possible without the help of the U.S. fire departments and we are truly appreciative of the fire departments that receive a survey form and respond.


ESPN SportsCenter anchor Hannah Storm vividly recalls a gas grill explosion that resulted in first- and second-degree burns on her body: &quot;The explosion was so great that it blew the doors off the grill,&quot; she tells +NFPA Journal+ in the latest issue. &quot;My neighbor...thought the explosion was actually a tree falling through his own roof. I remember seeing the fire and then being on fire and rushing to put it out.&quot;


Following the harrowing incident, Storm made a miraculous return to TV and has become NFPA&#39;s newest grilling safety advocate. Through a series of public service announcements, she urges the public to read their grill&#39;s safety instructions and wait 15 minutes before relighting a grill if the flame goes out. (Review NFPA&#39;s tip sheet on grilling safety for more information.)


Learn more about Storm&#39;s recovery in the March/April issue of +Journal,+ and watch the following video of Storm being interviewed at the ESPN studios in Bristol, Connecticut:

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