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NFPA has announced its theme for 2013 Fire Prevention Week: Prevent Kitchen Fires. Cooking is the number one cause of home fires, and a significant contributor to home fires deaths. From October 6-12, we’ll be highlighting the dangers of unattended cooking and risky kitchen habits.

This theme announcement coincides with the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis, which is attended by thousands of firefighters from around the world. NFPA has a booth at FDIC, and conference attendees are welcome to view new campaign materials.

Sparky is always a prominent FPW fixture, and he’ll be promoting Sparky’s Wish List again this year. He’s joined by NFPA’s Ken Willette in the video below to talk about this year’s FPW theme.


Visit for more information and safety tips.

Fire BreakThe April issue of Fire Break, NFPA’s wildland fire newsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, you’ll find:

    • A link to the latest FAC report and video highlighting lessons learned from the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado

    • The wildfire division’s newest DVD that features three volunteer fire departments working closely with residents on wildfire safety programs

    • Information about NFPA’s newest best practices guide aimed at planners and regulators who play a significant role in protecting communities from wildfire

    • The Spring Firewise “How-To” newsletter that provides project ideas and tips to help homeowners prepare for wildfire season

    • Information about a recent report that provides suggestions for how communities can better plan for wildfire emergencies that includes supporting people with disabilities

… And lots more! We want to continue to share all of this great information with you so don’t miss an issue! Subscribe today. It’s free! Just click here to add your email address to our newsletter list.


2013 Metro Award winners

Posted by ryan.quinn Employee Apr 22, 2013

The 2013 annual Metropolitan (Metro) Fire Chiefs
Association conference, in Phoenix, took place April 5-11. Along with naming
board members, the Metro Chiefs bestowed the 2013 Metro awards.


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2013 Metropolitan Fire Chief’s award winners: CFO Peter Holland (Left); Chief Keith Richter

Congratulations to all the recipients!

    • *Chief
      Keith Richter*, of the Orange County, California, Fire Authority was named
      Fire Chief of the Year;

    • *Chief
      Peter Holland*, Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser, UK Government, received the
      Lifetime Achievement Award; and,

Vicki Lee, Program Manager, International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC); Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell, Assistant to the General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF); and Dr. Denis Onieal, Superintendent of the National Fire Academy received the President’s Award of Distinction.</li> </ul>

NFPA has just released the most recent report on the Total Cost of Fire in the United States. It finds that the cost of fire in 2010 is 38 percent higher than in 1980, at about $328 billion. However, the proportion of U.S. GDP has lessened by one-third, to 2.2 percent.

Among other things, the report finds that, although the core total cost of fire has increased by 45 percent since 1980 to total $108.4 billion, the economic loss due to fire decreased by 29 percent, totaling $14.8 billion. Also, human losses were estimated at $31.9 billion.

TotalCostOfFire(1)For the full report, and the fact sheet on the total cost of fire, please visit

The early-bird pricing expires on April 26 for the 2013 NFPA Conference & Expo. Now is the time to make your plans to attend the show in Chicago this June and get the best rates on conference registration, hotel reservations and travel.


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Your Conference registration gives you access to 150 sessions that will earn you CEUs.&#0160;Conference registration&#0160;is $895 until April 26. On April 27, the regular rate applies $945 (NFPA Members) and $1050 (Non-Members) … more detaills on registration


ONPeak is our Official Housing Partner and offers great rates for hotel and travel arrangements. The deadline for hotel reservations is May 6. Plus travel discounts are available for American Airlines, Delta, United and Avis ... more details &#0160; See you in Chicago!

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