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Fire service representatives and other safety advocates from across the United States have gathered in Chicago for a one-day home fire sprinkler summit. The event, sponsored by NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative, has brought together more than 100 attendees to network, share best practices, and learn more about efforts and strategies to require the installation of fire sprinklers in all new one- and two-family homes.

Before dinner, attendees got a chance to meet each other at a reception. 

Orangio Shannon Balser
Mario Orangio of Massachusetts, NFPA President Jim Shannon, and Massachusetts State Representative Ruth Balser.

Bells Todd
Dawn Bellis and Rusty Todd from Kentucky. 

Honold LaFlam Rogers
NFPA Northwest Regional Manager Gary Honold, Jeff LaFlam and Greg Rogers of Washington.

Hoffman Behlings Broderick
John Hoffman of New Jersey, Tim Behlings of South Dakota, and Rich Broderick of South Dakota

Yates Large Glenn
Jim Yates of New Jersey, James Large of Florida, and Jack Glenn of Florida.

Paulk Martin Safer Bella
Ed Paulk of Alabama, AJ Martin of Alabama, NFPA Southern Regional Manager Randy Safer, and VJ Bella of Louisiana.

Bizal Vanwaller
NFPA Western Regional Manager Ray Bizal and Casey Vorwaller of Utah.

Cleveland Tinucci
Gregg Cleveland of Wisconsin and Bob Tinucci of Illinois.

Figueroa Kirkpatrick
NFPA’s Maria Figueroa and Bill Kirkpatrick of California.

Lia Tinucci Shannon Michehl
Tom Lia and Bob Tinucci of Illinois, NFPA President Jim Shannon, and George Michehl of Illinois.

Veilleux McCarthy Stemmer
Marc Veilleux and Rich McCarthy of Maine, and Luke Stemmer of Minnesota.

K.Willette Board
On April 11 and 12, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) held technical briefing discussions on lithium-ion batteries in transportation. Ken Willette was on the panel of experts on April 12; he gave a short presentation and answered questions along with his fellow panelists. NFPA was invited to participate because of its ongoing work in preparing responders to safely manage incidents involving lithium ion batteries and the role its National Electrical Code plays in promoting safety for battery charging stations.

The forum was meant to assist the safety board prepare for a hearing regarding the battery problems aboard the Boeing 787 Dreamliner on April 23 and 24.

You can watch the forums, along with other events, at NTSB’swebsite

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Metro Fire Chiefs Executive Board at the Phoenix Biltmore Hotel


The 2013 annual Metropolitan (Metro) Fire Chiefs
Association conference took place in Phoenix, Arizona, April 5-11. About 110
Metro chiefs from Canada, China, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United
States attended. They elected new officers and board members, along with bestowing
the 2013 Metro Awards.

The conference’s educational program included an
update on the national drug shortage, an overview of the National Fallen Fire
Fighters behavioral health and vulnerability study, a presentation on social
media, as well as progress reports from the First Responder Network Authority
Board (FirstNet), Underwriters Laboratories, among others.

The 2014 Metro conference will be in Baltimore,
Maryland, May 31-June 5 at the Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards.

the press release
for more information and a full list of appointees and


The following proposed Tentative Interim Amendment (TIA) for NFPA 70, National Electrical Code®, is being published for public review and comment:

Anyone may submit a comment on this proposed TIA by the May 24, 2013 closing date. Along with your comment, please identify the number of the TIA and forward to the Secretary, Standards Council by the closing date.

On January 26, 2007, Jim and Linda Daughetee experienced a parent’s worst nightmare when their only son Shane, a 24-year-old volunteer fire fighter, died at a home structure fire after falling through the floor which was supported by engineered wooden I-beams.

Without warning, the floor collapsed sending him into the basement. Crews attempted to rescue him from the fully involved basement, but a subsequent collapse of the main floor ceased further rescue efforts.

“Shane’s passion for firefighting and helping others still lives on. His death has shown that we must push to see that homes are built to protect the lives of residents and firefighters. We will continue to educate others for the need of home sprinklers,” said his father Jim Daughetee.

Lieutenant Eliott Mahaffey was within an arm’s distance of Shane providing back-up while he knelt in the doorway. Mahaffey suffered burns attempting to rescue his fellow firefighter. “There’s no telling how much more good he could have done in this world had we only been able to get him out in time,” said Mahaffey.

A major new study released today by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), concludes that firefighting crews of five or six members—instead of three or four—are significantly faster in putting out fires and completing search-and-rescue operations when responding to fires in high-rise buildings.



Read the full post on our Fire Service Today blog.</p>

NFPA News The April issue of NFPA News, our codes and standards newsletter, is now available.

In this issue:

  • Comments sought on proposed TIA to NFPA 70, National Electrical Code®
  • Errata issued on NFPA 70 Report on Comments and NFPA 1962
  • TIAs issued on NFPA 58, 59A, NFPA 1917, NFPA 1971, and NFPA 2112 
  • Comments sought on proposed new standard for the application of hybrid, gas, and fine water droplet systems
  • NFPA 32 seeking additional expertise in the Textile and Garment Care Processes Industry
  • Standards Forum and Committee Leadership Conference at 2013 NFPA Conference & Expo
  • Standards Council minutes available from March 2013 meeting
  • Free access to NFPA codes and standards
  • Committees soliciting Public Input (formerly Proposals)
  • Committees seeking members
  • Committee meetings calendar 

NFPA News is a free newsletter, and includes special announcements, notification of public input and comment closing dates, requests for comments, notices on the availability of Standards Council minutes, and other important news about NFPA’s code and standards making process.

Free subscription
Sign-in on NFPA’s web site and then select “NFPA News” from your e-mail options.

The April 2013 issue of NFPA's public education newsletter, Safety Source, is now available. This issue  features our new parent tip sheet for children playing with fire, ESPN anchor Hannah Storm urges others to learn from her grilling accident, a free printable: 10 Ways to have fun this Spring (which includes some great fire-safety ideas to get kids involved), and an overview on NFPA's review on fire safety messaging for preschool-age children.



Read more, get the issue.</p>

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