NFPA Journal chats with the Pentagon's fire marshal about building improvements following the September 11 terrorist attacks

Blog Post created by freddurso Employee on May 29, 2013

William Fries
Renovations were already under way at the Pentagon when American Airlines Flight 77 slammed into the building on September 11, killing 184 people.

"After 9/11, we took a step back and said, 'What lessons were learned?'" William Fries, the Pentagon's fire marshal tells NFPA Journal in the latest issue. "We had a major fuel fire in the building, something you typically wouldn't find in an office structure. We found that it may be a reasonable scenario that we had to consider."

This year's featured presentation at NFPA's Conference & Expo in Chicago, Fries discussed with Journal how improvements totalling $4.5 billion at the world's largest office building was guided by a number of NFPA's codes and standards, including NFPA 72®, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, and NFPA 13, Installation of Sprinkler Systems.

Learn more about the U.S. Department of Defense headquarters (did you know it includes a hair salon and 43 eateries?) in the May/June issue of Journal.