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As we continue to enhance our standards development site, NFPA looks for ways to make it easier for the public to get involved and participate in our codes and standards process. 

A recent feature added in the standard development site is the capability for the public to “View Public Inputs” and “View Public Comments” after all submissions have been completed.  Starting with documents in the Annual 2015 cycle, with the exception of NFPA 1730 which has a public input closing date of September 9, 2013, links are available to “View Public Inputs” on each Next edition tab of the document information pages under the category “First Draft”. You will be asked to sign-in or create a free online account with NFPA before using this system.

To view a complete list of the Annual 2015 documents, go to the document information pages and use the search feature in the upper right gray box to search by cycle. 

Please be advised, that it is anticipated that in the future, paper submissions for public input and public comment will not be accepted so please take this opportunity to try out the system – we think you’ll really like it! As always we are here to help you participate in the NFPA process.

If you have any questions or need help with any feature of the Standards Development site, please contact us via email at standardsdev_support@nfpa.org

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Smoke alarmsHere's an NFPA history lesson: the requirement for smoke alarms in one- and two-family dwellings made its debut in the 1976 edition of NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®. Only one smoke "detector" (as they were referred to in this edition of the code) was required, and its location wasn't specified in the code.

In the latest issue of NFPA Journal, columnist Chip Carson discusses how the Life Safety Code has continually expanded the number of smoke alarms required in homes, which has contributed to a decline in civilian fire deaths since 1976. 

"Even so, there is more work to do," says Carson. "NFPA data indicates that more than four million households in the U.S. remain unprotected. Other studies have found that in some high-risk neighborhoods more than 75 percent of homes do not have working smoke alarms."

Read Carson's suggested solutions to this problem in the latest edition of Journal.

Eric Nasuta is an apprentice electrician at Electrical Energy Systems Corporation in Southington, CT. For the past three years, Eric has been studying his trade at the Independent Electrical Contractors of New England in Rocky Hill, CT. He is entering his 3rd year as an apprentice and will graduate from their program next year.

We wanted to hear from someone on the "front lines" that uses NFPA codes and standards every day and who better than an apprentice. NFPA was pleased to host Eric at NFPA Headquarters to talk to him about NFPA's self-guided online training. Specifically, we wanted Eric's opinion on the NFPA 70E self-guided seminars. The following video is the result of that interview: 

In a recent post on The Boston Globe's White Coat Notes blog, reporter Liz Kowalczyk delves deeper into her recent story on how Boston hospitals responded to the Marathon bombing by underscoring similar challenges by one local hospital following the Cocoanut Grove Fire in 1942. More than 490 people died in the Boston fire, which is considered the second deadliest nightclub/public assembly fire in U.S. history.

As described on NFPA's Cocoanut Grove Coalition website, which was launched last year to commemorate the fire's 70th anniversary, Massachusetts General Hospital had already developed a disaster plan for such emergencies following the Pearl Harbor attacks a year earlier. The first patient arrived by 10:30 p.m. the night of the fire, and within 45 minutes, a comprehensive team of doctors, nurses, and social workers was assembled.

Similarly, as Kowalczyk reports, Boston hospitals and trauma centers worked rapidly following the bombings. While lessons have been learned, she notes that "not a single patient died after reaching a hospital."

Learn more about the Cocoanut Grove fire by visiting the coalition's site, reading about this endeavor in NFPA Journal, and watching the following video highlighting the stories of survivors:


The NFPA Standards Council will be meeting this week on July 30-August 1, 2013 at NFPA Headquarters in Quincy, MA. At this meeting, some of the topics the Council will address include:

Read the full Council agenda for further information.

The NFPA Standards Council is a 13-person committee appointed by the NFPA Board of Directors that oversees the Association's codes and standards development activities, administers the rules and regulations, and acts as an appeals body. The Council administers about 250 NFPA Technical Committees and their work on nearly 300 documents addressing topics of importance to the built environment.

Based on the success of the first seminar in Paris last year, NFPA will present the seminar with new developments in London, England on May 22nd, 2014, once again in conjunction with Euro Sprinkler conference at the Tower Bridge Hotel.

We invite your ideas for presentations for this seminar, so that we can best meet the needs of our attendees.  If you have suggestions for specific topics and accompanying speakers, please send these to me as soon as possible.  If you are interested in presenting/have information that you feel our audience would benefit from, please submit a  two paragraph abstract of the topic for our program committee’s consideration. For your convenience, the 2012 program is below.

The deadline for receipt of abstracts is August 12th.

Thank you – we look forward to your participation in 2014.

-Kathleen Almand

2012 Program

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NFPA's Russ Sanders presents award to Minnesota Commissioner Mona Dohman, accepting on behalf of Governor Mark Dayton



Commissioner Mona Dohman
reaffirmed the Minnesota Department of Public Safety's commitment to fire safety during a conversation this week with
national and local fire officials.


 

Dohman spoke with

National Fire Protection Association representative Russ Sanders after

accepting an NFPA award on Governor Mark Dayton’s behalf. The award was for the

Governor’s support on fire safety issues like fireworks and residential

sprinklers. Over the last few years, Dayton has vetoed an anti-sprinkler bill and vetoed legislation that would have prohibited jurisdictions from requiring fire sprinklers in homes, showing that common sense and facts can prevail over special interests. 


“Nobody has shown
leadership and courage when it comes to fire safety like this governor does,”
Sanders said. “He is special.”


Dohman vowed to continue
working hard on fire safety issues that will help keep Minnesotans safe.

 



BADC0C274B714FDBB958A866E8E0E65A.ashxLithium-ion batteries have become an integral part of portable power supply systems, according to Casey Grant in his column "Double-Edged" in the July/August issue of NFPA Journal. With these batteries, however, comes a growing awareness of the possible hazards they present, including fire. To address these hazards, the Fire Protection Research Foundation recently conducted two research studies that sought to clarify the comparative flammability characterization of common lithium-ion batteries with other standard commodities in storage. Read Casey's column to find out how this research is providing direction on approaches to take when designing built-in fire protection systems for warehouses and similar bulk-handling activities.

The following proposed Tentative Interim Amendments (TIAs) for NFPA 101, Life Safety Code®, are being published for public review and comment:

Anyone may submit a comment on these proposed TIAs by the September 9, 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.

PipingWhat's the proper method for assessing a water-based fire protection piping system? Draining the entire system, opening the pipe, and looking inside--it turns out--isn't the only option.

As NFPA Journal columnist Matt Klaus explains in the latest issue, other approaches exist and are guided by NFPA 25, Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems. For instance, less invasive measures, including ultrasound or ultrasonic technology, adequately check these systems without having to shut them down.

"This technology...provides a cost-effective, noninvasive way to establish the internal condition of pipes without causing business interruption," says Klaus.

Learn more in the July/August issue of Journal. 

The NFPA Fire Safety Educational Memorial Fund Committee awarded scholarships to four students who have exhibited academic excellence and great interest in rescue, fire and life safety and engineering.

Scholarship Winners
From left to right, Catherine Hamel, Justin Beal, Richard Emberley, and Christine Pongratz.

The scholarships are awarded each year to recognize students for their pursuit of careers in these fields.

The Arthur E. Cote and David B. Gratz scholarships were awarded to Catherine Hamel, a student at the University of Maryland and Richard Emberley, who is a Ph.D. student The University of Queensland in Australia.

Christine Pongratz, a student at the University of Maryland and Justin Beal, who studies at Columbia Southern University, earned the John L. Jablonsky and George D. Miller scholarships respectively.

Congrats to all of this year’s winners! Get a further look at each scholarship winner in the latest NFPA release.

NFPA recently appointed Karen Berard-Reed as Senior Project Manager for NFPA’s Public Education Department. For her new role she will oversee and enhance NFPA’s high-risk outreach public education activities. These activities include focus on safety for youth, older adults, and impoverished communities.
Karen Berard-Reed

Earning her master’s degree in education and bachelor’s of science in health education from Rhode Island College, Berard-Reed brings a great deal of expertise to the Public Education Department. With 20 years of experience in the professional health education field including K-12 public school, higher education, and community settings, she will be a great asset to the growth of our programs and initiatives. She already comes to NFPA with knowledge of our acclaimed Learn Not to Burn® program which she used when she taught in the North Attleboro (MA) Public Schools. Before joining NFPA, Berard-Reed was also assistant professor of health education and health education program coordinator at Rhode Island College in Providence, Rhode Island. She brings extensive experience in program evaluation and improvement, curriculum and program development, public speaking and communication, working with diverse students and families, community outreach and an interest in helping those at highest-risk.

Congratulations on your new position Karen and welcome to NFPA!

Wildfire
The latest issue of NFPA Journal highlights recent efforts by NFPA's Wildland Fire Operations Division, particularly an array of timely blog posts its team produced during the Black Forest Fire, the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history in terms of number of homes destroyed.

For instance, the blog, Fire Break, provided access to a digital map tracking the wildfire's movement and resources on mitigation, preparedness, and evacuation. The Journal article also gives a rundown on Colorado's Wildfire Preparedness Day of Service in May, which linked volunteers with community service projects.

Check out the other stories in Journal's In A Flash section to learn more about how members voted at NFPA's Association Technical Meeting in June, NFPA's new Middle East representative, and a new contest for Journal readers.

 

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See Judy's blog post and her list of 10 songs.


Here's the video from the #1 song on Judy's list to get your creative juices flowing. 


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

  • Information about how to create defensible space around your home and property
  • Clarification on the definition of the wildland/urban interface, and what it means for communities across the U.S.
  • A New York Times article that argues how the rising costs of fighting wildfire is having a negative impact on prevention efforts
  • A link to a local Colorado TV program, hosted by Molly Mowery, that features a panel of wildfire experts who discuss the importance of creating more fire adapted communities
  • FAC’s newest ad campaign developed by the Forest Service and the Ad Council

… 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.

The Second Draft Reports for 14 NFPA documents in the Fall 2013 revision cycle are now available. These proposed NFPA documents with Second Draft Reports are as follows:

  • NFPA 37, Standard for the Installation and Use of Stationary Combustion Engines and Gas Turbines
  • NFPA 69, Standard on Explosion Prevention Systems
  • NFPA 82, Standard on Incinerators and Waste and Linen Handling Systems and Equipment
  • NFPA 730, Guide for Premises Security
  • NFPA 731, Standard for the Installation of Electronic Premises Security Systems
  • NFPA 750, Standard on Water Mist Fire Protection Systems
  • NFPA 921, Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations
  • NFPA 1005, Standard for Professional Qualifications for Marine Fire Fighting for Land-Based Fire Fighters
  • NFPA 1192, Standard on Recreational Vehicles
  • NFPA 1194, Standard for Recreational Vehicle Parks and Campgrounds
  • NFPA 1561, Standard on Emergency Services Incident Management System
  • NFPA 1670, Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents
  • NFPA 1963, Standard for Fire Hose Connections
  • NFPA 1975, Standard on Station/Work Uniforms for Emergency Services

View the full list of NFPA documents in the 2013 fall revision cycle.

The deadline to submit a notice of intent to make a motion on any of these documents is August 23, 2013. 

Hoarding_605.ashxA 71-year-old Texas woman died in her single-family home when an electrical cord with a homemade junction box overheated, starting a fire that spread through the house, consuming hoarded combustibles. The one-story, wood-frame rental house had no smoke alarms or sprinklers. 

Firefighters arriving at the scene knocked down the smoke and flames coming from the front door, but were unable to get past the living room due to the large amount of hoarded items blocking their way. Another crew that entered from the rear found her and removed her from a back room through a window. She was taken by ambulance to the hospital, where she died of smoke inhalation. 

For more true stories of fires and their aftermath, read "Firewatch" in the July/August issue of NFPA Journal.

 

 

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Hello…I am Dave Hood.  As the Chair of the NFPA Health Care Section, it is my pleasure to share some Member Sectionrelated information with you.                 


 

First, the Health Care Section sponsored 9.5 hours of education sessions at the 2013 NFPA Conference & Expo through nine unique sessions.  Special thanks to those who served as speakers.  Believe it or not, the planning process for the 2014 NFPA Conference & Expo has already commenced.  The Section is currently accepting education session poroposals for the 2014 NFPA Conference & Expo next June in Las Vegas.  Proposals are due by September 16th.  If you are interested or have feedback, please drop me an email at dhood@phillipsllc.com


 

At the 2013 Health Care Section Business Meeting, the Section membership voted in two (2) new members to the Section Executive Board.  Congratulations to Phillip Hill and James Peterkin. 


Over the next few months, the Section will be paying close attention to the 2015 editions of NFPA 101 and NFPA 99.  Both Codes will be up for membership vote at next summer’s Conference & Expo.  The Section will look to provide some education on the updated editions of both Codes in the future. 


 

Stay Involved


Attend the Section business meeting held during the NFPA Conference & Expo each year to get to know the issues that are facing our membership and network with the Board and other members.

Submit session proposals during the “call for presentations” issued each summer to build the content for NFPA’s annual Conference and Expo.

    1. Send your resume in to the Section Nominating Committee Chair or Executive Board Chair for consideration for any upcoming open Board positions or special task force/section committee assignments.

Write a Section Spotlight article for the NFPA Journal and submit your article or interest to Courtney O’Neill , Program Coordinator of Sections.  Please include your name, Section affiliation, and NFPA Member number. You must be a Member of an NFPA Section to participate. Have not yet enrolled in an NFPA Section? You can sign up online. Section Membership is free and included in your NFPA membership.</li> </ul>

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NFPA members only! Register today for the next NFPA Insider presentation being held on July 25th at 2pm (EST). 

NFPA President Jim Shannon will give his first word. In this episode's 'Up to Code' segment, Amy Cronin, Division Manager of Codes and Standards, will talk about the process of making appeals to the NFPA Standards Council. She will answer key questions, such as;

  • How much notice is required?
  • How do I request a hearing?
  • What type of presentation is necessary?

Dave BoswellIn the NFPA Journal Live piece, join us for a discussion with Dave Boswell, Vice President of Hughes Associates, who worked on the Circuit of the Americas Racetrack project in Austin,Texas.  Dave and his team were brought in to assist with the creation of an innovation mass notification system (MNS) at the track and to provide expertise on the 2010 edition of NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code. The story of how and why the MNS was created is also the topic of "Loud + Clear," the cover story in the July/August NFPA Journal. And, lots more!

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.

NFPArecently appointed Sally Everett as Associate General Counsel for NFPA’s Legal Department. In her new position, Everett will be handling a broad range of legal matters and will be counseling staff on legal issues that will ultimately strengthen NFPA’s role as a leading advocate for fire and life safety

Sally EverettEverett has earned her undergraduate degree from Connecticut College. She received her law degree from Boston University School of Law where she graduated cum lade and served as the editor of the Annual Review of Banking Law Journal. Having over twenty years of legal experience, she will be a great new asset to the team. Everett has worked in a variety of settings from private practice, to government, to the in-house legal department. Recently she has served as Senior Company Counsel at Staples, Inc. and as Vice President and General Counsel of Circle Company Associates, Inc./Sodexo S.A.

Congratulations on your new position Sally and welcome to NFPA!

http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef019104456ecc970c-pihttp://www.bobvila.com/articles/465-residential-sprinkler-systems/BobVillaBob Vila - the guru of home improvement and renovation - includes an article on his website touting the many benefits of home fire sprinklers and dispelling usual myths.

The article begins by citing the U.S. home fire problem and questioning why this life safety feature is not required for new homes. All national model codes include require fire sprinkler systems in all one- and two-family homes and townhomes, but it is up to states and local jurisdictions to include it in their adopted codes.

Common myths about home sprinkler systems are also cited as reasons that "prevent people from including one in their home;" such as the fear of a " misfiring sprinkler head and the belief that a room fire activates the entire system."

Long admired by many as an expert, his contribution with this article informing a wide range of consumers is vital to raise awarenes on the many benefits that home fire sprinklers provide.

Spray sunscreensThe Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is informing the public of recent burn incidents associated with spray sunscreens. There have already been five separate incidents in which people who had applied this product and were near an open flame--cigarette, grill, citronella candle, for example--suffered significant burns requiring medical attention. In each case, the burns occurred after the sunscreen had been applied.

While the products leading to burns have been voluntarily recalled, many other sunscreen products contain flammable ingredients, prompting the FDA to issue new safety precautions on these products. For instance, if you're anywhere near a flame source, avoid any product with a flammability warning and choose a nonflammable alternative.

Get more specifics from the FDA's website, and check out NFPA's safety tips if heading outdoors this summer.

Alan Rowe
Alan Rowe at the CBS lot in Studio City, California, on the set of the NBC TV series "Parks and Recreation."


The glitz and glamour of show business tends to overshadow the culture of safety guiding the entertainment industry. If Alan Rowe has his way, this tide may turn.

Rowe is the safety and training director for the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 728 in Hollywood, California. IATSE represents behind-the-scenes workers in an array of entertainment venues, places where recent deaths and injuries have given rise to increased scrutiny of safety issues and new efforts involving NFPA.

Rowe recently chatted with NFPA Journal about these efforts, which include bolstering the use of NFPA 70®, National Electrical Code®, expanding IATSE's presence on NFPA committees, and increasing outreach to authorities having jurisdiction.

"We rely heavily on codes NFPA has created and use them as a benchmark," says Rowe. "The most obvious impact NFPA has on our craft is electrical. We're very mindful of the fact that that we need to make sure people understand what we do is to the code, even though they've never seen some of our equipment before."

Read the entire Q&A in the July/August issue of Journal.

by NFPA's Amy LeBeau

Last week my husband took the boys to swim class. Part of every swim class is a safety tip Blog_getoutgiven by the swim teacher. Usually the safety tips are about swimming, what to do if you are in the pool and you see lightning, etc. Much to my surprise the tip last week was about fire safety. My husband reported that the young man asked the kids what they do if there is a fire in their house. The answer he gave: go get a fire extinguisher and put out the fire and then go get a grown-up. Wow.  

 My son looked back at my husband with eyes wide as saucers. He knew that answer was wrong. Now my quandary was how to handle this situation. I printed out our escape planning and smoke alarm tip sheets and brought it to the head lifeguard. I thanked her for teaching the kids fire safety and gently suggested/asked if the swim teachers could read the sheets before they gave tips to the kids. I also strongly suggested that they clarify with the kids that when there is a fire, the correct response is to get outside and stay outside. I hope the message was delivered. Just in case, I might just leave some fire safety activities on the bulletin board!

 

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    • Tips on mastering the 10-minute mini-lesson

New "Thank you" eCard on Sparky.org

    1. Getting the most out of your Sparky's Wish List

    2. Sign up for Fire by the Numbers

    3. Free worksheets for FPW

    4. Massachusetts community reaches out to high-risk
      populations

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NFPA is soliciting session proposals for the 2014 NFPA Conference & Expo, to be held June 9-12, in Las Vegas. The NFPA Conference & Expo is widely regarded as the most comprehensive event in the industry. With approximately 5,000 attendees, it is the year's largest and most important event for the fire protection, life safety, and electrical industries.

EdsessionIf you'd like to share your knowledge and best practices, we invite you to send us your session proposals in any of the following topic areas:

  • Electrical
  • Fire Protection Engineering
  • Fire and Emergency Services
  • Emergency Preparedness/Business Continuity
  • Building and Life Safety
  • Loss Control/Prevention
  • Detection and Notification
  • Fire Suppression
  • Green Initiatives
  • Public Education
  • Research

Deadline: Monday, September 16
All proposals must be submitted online.

This is a great opportunity to share your knowledge and expertise, increase your exposure and visibility in your industry, add to your resume and your list of achievements, and meet valuable contacts and resources for your professional network. In addition, all speakers will receive a complimentary registration to the NFPA Conference & Expo.

by NFPA's LisaMarie Sinatra

NFPA's Molly Mowery recently hosted a panel of wildfire experts including Vince Urbina, Sheryl Page and Ron Biggers on Aspen’s (Colorado) GrassRoots Community Network. Their discussion focused on Fire Adapted Communities and related wildfire topics such as the role fire plays in our natural landscape and the mitigation work done before and after the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs.

Looking for ways your community can start preparing for wildfire? The panel also provided examples of mitigation projects and programs that a number of communities are already engaged in, in their efforts to become more fire adapted.

So check out the show below. The lively discussion is filled with great info you can start using today!

 

On April 7, 2012, firefighters were attacking a fire at a café when, 40 minutes into the response, conditions took a turn for the worse. The fire chief pushed the two firefighters toward the door, a decision that saved them before the roof collapsed. Despite several attempts to rescue the chief after the collapse, he died from smoke inhalation and thermal burns.


 

This incident was one of the 64 on-duty firefighter deaths in the U.S. last year, a statistic highlighted in NFPA&#39;s new report, +Firefighter Fatalities in the United States, 2012. +According to the report, 2012 was the fourth consecutive year in which the total number of firefighter fatalities was below 100. Moreover, the 30 volunteer firefighter fatalities was the lowest ever recorded for this group, and the 23 career firefighter deaths was the second-lowest number documented for this group.


 

For additional firefighter fatality narratives, read the latest edition of +NFPA Journal,+ and watch the video of the report&#39;s co-author, Rita Fahy, discussing trends in firefighter deaths:


Shannon(2).ashxIn recent months, a series of fires and building collapses in garment factories in Bangladesh and Pakistan claimed the lives of at least 1,500 workers. It is appalling in the 21st century that workers anywhere in the world would be subjected to conditions like these, says NFPA President Jim Shannon in his editorial "Global View" in the July/August issue of NFPA JournalAdoption of NFPA 1, Fire Code, and NFPA 101Life Safety Code, by Pakistan and Bangladesh is a way to begin to raise safety standards for their work forces. As an organization whose mission is safety, NFPA stands ready to provide technical assistance in that process, says Shannon. 

Firesprinklersidebysideby NFPA's Maria Figueroa

As reported by NBC 15 News, 26 people have died in fires in Wisconsin so far this year - a state record – and Watertown firefighters demonstrated the value of home fire sprinklers as “one simple way to save your family from a deadly fire.”

At a recent community safety fair, Watertown firefighters showed how quickly fire spreads, and how fast a home sprinkler system can put a fire out compared to a room without one; with a side-by-side live burn demonstration, built according to the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition kit.

"The thing we say all the time is, this is a firefighter in your house, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, with a bucket of water ready to go,” said Robert Kleinheinz from the non-profit National Fire Sprinkler Association.

 

Visit the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition to learn how to conduct a side-by-side live burn demonstration in your community.

 

Recent architectural trends include the design and construction of increasingly tall buildings with structural components comprised of laminated wood (cross laminated timber, laminated strand lumber, or glued laminated timber. According to a project summary from the Fire Protection Research Foundation, construction is currently underway on a 10-story apartment building in Melbourne, Australia, with taller structures up to 30 stories under design in Norway, Austria and Vancouver.


The project summary says these buildings are cited for their advantages in sustainability resulting from the use of wood as a renewable construction material. Claims have been made that they are actually safer than buildings fabricated using structural steel due to the formation of an insulating char layer that forms on the perimeter of a laminated wood beam when exposed to a fire.


 

A Research Foundation project currently underway is looking at the performance of these buildings under fire scenarios, and includes a focus on the safety of the occupants, emissions and thermal hazards, as well as the property protection of the building and nearby structures.


Michael Green, the Canadian architect responsible for the proposed "Tallwood" tower in Vancouver, gives a TED talk on why he thinks skyscrapers should be erected from wood, not concrete and steel.


by NFPA's Karen Berard-Reed

As a child, I was very shy, quiet, and a model student. I rarely got into trouble.  My parents were confident my older sister and I were responsible enough to be “latch key kids” throughout most of elementary school. 

One day when I was about 8 years old, I decided that I wanted to make some popcorn.  Back then we made popcorn in a pot on the stove by heating oil and waiting for a few test kernels to pop before dumping the rest in. We certainly had rules against cooking on the stove when we were home alone, but my craving took over and I broke the rule this time. No big deal! I had watched my father cook popcorn many times and thought I knew exactly what to do. 

Of course, I didn’t.  I didn’t realize how hot the burner could get.  I didn’t realize oil could catch on fire.  I also didn’t realize I could stop a cooking fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turning off the burner.  Thanks goodness my older sister did. 

Read the entire post by NFPA's Karen Berard-Reed.

Southern California has seen fire season start early with large wildfires consuming tremendous amounts of acreage. Temperatures have been in the triple digits and humidity is at an all-time high, similar to the conditions found in Arizona during the Yarnell Hill Fire, which claimed the lives of 19 firefighters. I recently took a walk through the woods near my house and found that the forests are in bad shape. The duff (vegetation on the forest floor), which usually has some moisture in it this time of year, is bone dry.

 

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Duff in Cleveland National Forest, San Diego, CA.

Conditions, conditions, conditions
All three recent fires in California and Arizona - the Yarnell Hill Fire, the Chariot Fire and Mountain Fire - have shared similar weather conditions that have contributed to large scale devastation. The impact from triple digit temperatures, shifting wind conditions and low humidity has created dangerous situations for residents, first responders and firefighters alike. For those of us in the country’s southwest region, this has meant a very difficult fire season.

Read this post by NFPA Regional Firewise Advisor Faith Berry.

Fire truck arcadeby NFPA's April Briggs

We are experiencing a heat wave here in New England.  Being from the south, I am accustomed to the hot and humid summer days, however, I still am not a big fan of them.  I remember when I was a kid, if we weren’t in a pool somewhere or boogie boarding the waves at the beach, you might have found us inside during the hottest hours of the day.

When it is 100 degrees outside it can be tough to think of activities to keep kids busy while they are inside. Sparky.org has several fun activities and games.  One of my favorites is “Put Out the Fire” arcade game.  This game is sure to keep them busy for awhile. 

Check out all of the fun activities and games on sparky.org and let us know which one is your favorite.  

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With the summer season in full gear, wildfires are spreading rapidly. Our feature about reaching into your Firewise Toolkit in the summer issue of the Firewise “How To” Newsletter focuses on prepping your home or summer residence. This article gives great tips on how to take certain precautions for preparation in an event of a wildfire. We list simple action steps you can take now and throughout the year to reduce the risk of your home and property of becoming fuel for a wildfire. The work you do in preparation can make a huge difference. To see these tips, check out our issue!


 

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The marketplace offers an array of technologies designed to mitigate cooking fires, considered the leading cause of home structure fires and associated injuries in the U.S., per an NFPA report. Despite the options, a number of factors have prevented widescale implementation of these devices in U.S. households.

Placing this issue on the figurative front burner, researchers have begun a series of analyses seen as the first step in bolstering the use of these technologies. The Fire Protection Research Foundation, for example, is overseeing testing aimed at eventually producing standardized fire scenarios and performance test methods for cooking-fire mitigation technologies. Underwriters Laboratories, Eastern Kentucky University (EKU), and the Consumer Product Safety Commission are conducting similar research.

"Important parts of the fire world are focusing on cooking fires in order to limit them," EKU researcher Corey Hanks told NFPA Journal in a recent feature story highlighting the new research. "Finally, we're seeing more of a push."

Get the full story in the July/August issue of Journal, and watch the following video of Dan Gottuck from Hughes Associates talking about the Research Foundation study:

PatriotBuilderhome Patriot buildersAdvocates in the State of Texas are being creative to increase the use of fire sprinklers in new home
construction.

After a series of discussions with Patriot Builders, LP and Travis County planners, all new homes in Destiny Hills – Phase II, a development of 26 homes, will include an NFPA 13D fire sprinkler system.

Texas is one of the states passing legislation prohibiting local jurisdictions from adopting home fire sprinkler requirements. It is for this reason that the requirement will be incorporated into the homeowner association’s restrictive covenant. Restrictive covenants are deed restrictions that affect a group of homes or lots in a specific development or subdivision and are included at the inception of the process by the developer/builder.

Read the full post by Maria Figueroa on NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.

Allied_safety_280x180.ashxThe last straw was the collapse of the temporary outdoor roof that had been erected over the main stage at the Indiana State Fair in 2011, killing seven people in the audience and injuring more than 40. Clearly, important parts of the safety message were being lost between existing regulations and "the boots on the ground," says Steven Adelman in his article "Allied in Safety" in the July/August issue of NFPA Journal.

As event industry professionals began discussing the Indiana tragedy and others that preceded it, a group of them decided to form the Event Safety Alliance (ESA) to make it easier for their peers to work safely and create safe events. The starting point for ESA’s work is the Event Safety Guide, a work-in-progress that presents information in key operational areas in a form that busy event professionals are most likely to use. For more on the ESA and its work, turn to page 52 in the latest issue of NFPA Journal or read about it at NFPA's website.

http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01901de61534970b-piSmoke Alarm ImageParticipants of the NFPA Conference & Expo last month learned how quickly modern furniture can burn during the education session “Smoke Alarm Codes, Standards, and Listings: An Update from UL.” The session was sponsored by NFPA’s Building Fire Safety Systems Section and the Education Section. During the presentation, which also covered the topics of smoke alarm placement and types of alarms, Ronald Farr, lead regulatory engineer for Underwriters Laboratories, showed video of a UL experiment involving two side-by-side living room fires: one living room had modern furniture, the other, legacy furniture. The modern room transitioned to flashover in 3 minutes and 30 seconds, but the legacy room didn’t transition until 29 minutes and 30 seconds.

Read the full post by Lisa Braxton on NFPA's Safety Source blog.

Fire triangle forest
As an instructor for NFPA’s seminar “Assessing Wildfire Hazards in the Home Ignition Zone," I know that wildfire is a common event throughout many areas of the United States.

Did you know that wildfire is the easiest natural peril to mitigate? And did you know that wildfire takes place outside of “forested” areas? Many believe that if they live in the city or a suburban area that they have no wildfire risk and their odds are good, but this is a common myth. As an instructor, I am a myth-buster!  Wildfire spreads by a “set of conditions” of fuel types, not only in the forested areas or “mapped” wildfire hazard zones, but also urban and suburban areas. 

Fire behaves according to the laws that guide the combustion process.  Fire spreads as a continual process of combustion.  It is not a moving force that cannot be stopped, as conditions must continue to meet the requirements of combustion for it to continue.  The “dragon,” as some firefighters and the media may call this combustion process, is where gasses from a fuel ignite from an energy source to create a flame.  The fire triangle demonstrates that three items are needed for this chain reaction called “fire” to happen: fuel, heat and oxygen.  Remove any one of the three and the fire will die.  No more Dragon. 

Read the full post by Gary Marshall on NFPA's Fire Break blog.

Free reference card compares NFPA 704.jpgWhen OSHA announced last year that it was updating its Hazard Communication Standard to include the adoption of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals, many companies and emergency responders asked “How will this impact NFPA 704”?  NFPA 704, Identification of the Hazards of Materials for Emergency Response, uses a combination of color coding and numbers to describe a hazard’s severity, and provides a simple, readily recognized, and easily understood label to assist those who are responding to an emergency such as a fire or spill. OSHA’s revised Standard, known as Hazard Communication 2012 or HC2012, is a workplace chemical information system established primarily to provide information and safe work practices for those working with chemicals on a routine basis through the use of labels, Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) and training. 

 

The concern is that the HC2012 standard incorporates a numerical rating system that appears to be similar to NFPA 704 rating system, however the severity rating on the two standards are inverted.   NFPA 704 uses a numerical of 0-4 with 4 indicating themost severe hazard.   Hazard Communication 2012 uses a numerical rating system for classification of chemicals between 1-4 with a 4 rating indicating the least severehazard.  The inverse numerical rating between the two systems is primarily what creates the concern.

 

To address this concern, NFPA has been working with OSHA over the past year to promote awareness of the differences between the two systems. It should be noted that OSHA does not necessarily see a conflict between HCS and NFPA 704.  OSHA has indicated that the GHS numbers are not relative ratings of hazards but are used for the purpose of classifying hazards into categories for proper labeling and training information. The numbers for GHS will be placed on the SDS but are not required to be on labels. 

 

Recently OSHA and NFPA worked together to develop a “Quick Card” showing the differences between the two systems. The Quick card can be found on the NFPA Document information page for NFPA 704http://www.nfpa.org/codes-and-standards/document-information-pages?mode=code&code=704  at the bottom of the page under “Additional Information”. Or you may go directly to the Quick Card.   The card can be downloaded and laminated as a two sided document that can be used for easy field reference.    

 

The NFPA Technical Committee on Classification will continue to assess the impact of GHS incorporation into OSHA’s HC2012 standard.  In the meantime, there is no immediate plan to change the existing NFPA 704 system.   The Committee recognizes that the NFPA 704 consensus standard has been protecting emergency responders, employees, and the public for over 50 years and any changes would need to be carefully considered.   For updates on NFPA 704 it is recommended that you sign up for email alerts on the top of the document information page for NFPA 704.

We welcome your comments on the Quick Card!    

 

The marketplace offers an array of technologies designed to mitigate cooking fires, considered the leading cause of home structure fires and associated injuries in the U.S., per an NFPA report. Despite the options, a number of factors have prevented widespread implementation of these devices in U.S. households.


 

Placing this issue on the figurative front burner, researchers have begun a series of analyses seen as the first step in bolstering the use of these technologies. The Fire Protection Research Foundation, for example, is overseeing testing aimed at eventually producing standardized fire scenarios and performance test methods for cooking-fire mitigation technologies. Underwriters Laboratories, Eastern Kentucky University (EKU), and the Consumer Product Safety Commission are conducting similar research.


 

&quot;Important parts of the fire world are focusing on cooking fires in order to limit them,&quot; EKU researcher Corey Hanks told +NFPA Journal+ in a recent feature story highlighting the new research. &quot;Finally, we&#39;re seeing more of a push.&quot;


 

Get the full story in the July/August issue of +Journal,+ and watch the following video of Dan Gottuck from Hughes Associates talking about the Research Foundation study:


A_BubblesMaking bubbles is one of the more simple and fun ways to spend a warm sunny afternoon. They work well on a grassy lawn, outside on the steps, under the shade of a tree, and even in the kitchen.

When it comes to kids, bubbles have everything going for them; they fascinate, they float, have rainbow colors, and require some skill to blow a good bubble. They can be treated as a scientific experiment or as a past time. Best of all, they are inexpensive to make.  Bubbles are, indeed, the perfect boredom buster for a summer day. 

Alone or with a group of friends, they are sure to entertain. Don’t underestimate the power of a little liquid soap to occupy your kids. Even dogs, like Sparky, like to chase after the bubbles: tremendous fun for everyone!

By NFPA's April Briggs

 

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Bielen, NFPA Division Manager, Fire Protection Systems, where they presented a
recap of the NFPA 99 Health Care Facilities session from the recent NFPA
Conference & Expo. 


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F1_280x180x.ashxHow do you protect a Formula One racetrack in the event of an emergency? That was the question facing Hershel Lee, fire marshal of Travis County, Texas, when the new Circuit of the Americas, began construction outside Austin in 2011. In his article "Loud and Clear" in the most recent issue of NFPA Journal, Scott Sutherland describes how a mass notification system that can a communicate with as many as 150,000 people across a sprawling racetrack complex became part of the United States' first purpose-built Formula One track. To find out how it was done, turn to page 42 of the July/August issus of NFPA Journal or read the article online.

WUI
What do we really mean when we talk about the wildland/urban interface (WUI)? That’s the question Molly Mowery poses in her latest Wildfire Watch column in the July/August 2013 issue of NFPA Journal. Turns out, not only can the “definition” of a wildland/urban interface area vary broadly across the country, but WUI conditions can vary greatly as well.

Read Molly’s column to learn how NFPA actually defines the WUI, and what these different WUI communities across the U.S. are doing to address their wildfire risk.

by NFPA's LisaMarie Sinatra

EV Fire Suppression
A new report has just been published by the Fire Protection Research Foundation titled, “Best Practices for Emergency Response to Incidents Involving Electric Vehicles Battery Hazards: A Report on Full-Scale Testing Results.” This report was authored by R. Thomas Long Jr., Andrew F. Blum, Thomas J. Bress, and Benjamin R.T. Cotts with Exponent, Inc.

Fires involving cars, trucks and other highway vehicles are a common concern for emergency responders. Fire Service personnel are accustomed to responding to conventional vehicle fires, and generally receive training on the hazards associated with vehicle subsystems (e.g., air bag initiators, seat belt pre-tensioners, etc). For vehicle fires, and in particular fires involving electric drive vehicles, a key question for emergency responders is: “what is different with electric drive vehicles and what tactical adjustments are required?”

The overall goal of this project was to conduct a research program to develop the technical basis for best practices for emergency response procedures for electric drive vehicle battery incidents, with consideration for certain details including: suppression methods and agents; personal protective equipment (PPE); and clean-up/overhaul operations. A key component of this project goal was to conduct full-scale testing of large format Li-ion batteries used in these vehicles. This report summarizes these tests, and includes discussion on the key findings relating to best practices for emergency response procedures for electric drive vehicle battery incidents.

This report, like all Foundation reports, is free to download in full. 

By NFPA's Lauren Backstrom

The Technical Committee on Fire Department Apparatus is seeking technical experts to participate in Task Group work prior to the September 9-12, 2013 First Draft Meeting to revise the 2009 edition of NFPA 1901: Standard for Automotive Fire Apparatus and the 2012 edition of NFPA 1906: Standard for Wildland Fire Apparatus. Members are needed for the following task groups: Administration, Aerial, Air systems, Auxiliary Equipment, Body, Chassis & Trailers, Command, Communications, Electrical / Low Voltage, Foam, Function, Pump, and Wildland.                                            

Task group members will participate via conference call or remote meeting and provide their perspective on the Standards and assist in drafting recommendations, along with a report of underlying issues, for action by the Fire Department Apparatus Technical Committee. The Task Group shall be appointed and discharged by the Chair and persons serving on any of these Task Groups do not have to be Members of the Fire Department Apparatus Technical Committee. Task Groups are not required to be balanced by interest and the Task Group shall be discharged at the conclusion of the task.

Interested parties can contact Ryan Depew, Staff Liaison to the Technical Committee on Fire Department Apparatus, at 617-984-7485 or rdepew@nfpa.org.

By NFPA's Lauren Backstrom

The Fire Protection Research Foundation announced winners of the 2013 William M. Carey and Ronald K. Mengel awards recently. Participants of the 2013 Suppression, Detection and Signaling Research and Applications (SUPDET) Symposium voted to select winning papers to be recognized. SUPDET is the Foundation’s annual symposium on suppression and detection research, and applications. Awards will be presented to winners at the 2014 SUPDET symposium.

MengelThe 2013 Ronald K. Mengel Award for outstanding detection paper is “Cooking Fire Prevention” by Robin ZevotekJames Milke and Thomas Fabian. Zevotek is a master’s student at University of Maryland; Milke is a professor and chair of the Dept. of Fire Protection Engineering at University of Maryland; Fabian is a fire research manager at Underwriters Laboratories Inc. 

CareyThe 2013 William M. Carey Award for best suppression paper was awarded to Christopher WieczorekBenjamin Ditch and Tom Long for “Flammability Characterization of Li-ion Batteries in Bulk Storage.” Wieczorek is group manager fire protection at FM Global; Ditch is senior research engineer at FM Global; Long is a principal engineer and director of Exponent’s Maryland office. 

Congrats to each of this year's winners! Read more about the Carey and Mengel awards

http://safety.blog.nfpa.org/2013/07/choose-your-words-wisely-when-working-with-children.htmlI am blessed to have two active sons, ages 7 and 11.  This Fourth of July marked a milestone for the Reed Boys.  They both ran in the annual road race in our community for the first time.  Despite the heat, they had a great time and I think they may be hooked on the sport.  My soccer-loving son announced last night that he may join the cross-country team in middle school.  However, my younger son mentioned that when he gets to middle school, he wants to join the wrestling team.  I was a bit puzzled by this announcement as I pictured him rolling around on a smelly mat in a blue singlet and head gear.  Then my little guy continued on and said, “Yes, I can wear a costume and make a dramatic entrance.”  A couple of quiet seconds passed and I realized we were not thinking about the same thing.  After explaining the differences between the WWE and middle school wrestling, my mind shifted to my work on the preschool version of the Learn Not to Burn curriculum. 1st Road Race  7.4.13

Read the full post by NFPA's Karen Berard-Reed on NFPA's Safety Source blog.

NFPA will host its 5th Backyards & Beyond Wildland Fire Education Conference at the Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel in Utah from November 14 - 16. 

With more than 60 breakout sessions in five educational tracks, the Backyards & Beyond conference offers a unique opportunity for participants to share knowledge, build relationships, explore key issues and learn about important wildfire mitigation tools, community evacuation issues, wildfire planning and suppression, and current social and ecological research affecting those living in wildfire prone areas. 


Video: Dave Nuss, Manager of NFPA's Wildland Fire Operations Division, offers a sneak-peak at the special presentations, speakers and sessions available at this year's Backyards & Beyond Wildland Fire Education Conference.

The general session at 8:15 a.m. on Thursday, November 14 will highlight Faith Ann Heinsch, Ph.D., a research ecologist with the USDA Forest Service, who will deliver the keynote address entitled, “Climate Change, Climate Variability, and Ecosystem Response in the Western U.S.”

Featured presentations include: 

  1. How progress towards real preparedness is being made in communities committed to inclusive emergency planning with the participation of people with special needs
  2. The role of The Great Fires of 1910 in spurring national debate about fire policy and the country’s wildfire suppression strategies
  3. A panel discussion regarding the insurance industry and how major wildfire events impact insurers and policy holders, including the role of insurance in loss recovery
  4. The role that fire behavior science plays in framing successful wildfire solutions for policy makers, politicians and residents

A pre-conference workshop, Assessing Wildfire Hazards in the Home Ignition Zone, will be offered November 12 – 13 with instructors, Jack Cohen, Physical Research Scientist, USDA Forest Service, and Pat Durland, president and wildland fire consultant, Stone Creek Fire.

Registration for both the pre-conference workshop and the conference is available online, by phone or mail. Visit NFPA’s registration page for more details. Additional information about the sessions and educational tracks, speakers and schedules can be found on NFPA’s Backyards & Beyond conference webpage.

Fire Prevention Officer Bode Mecham explains in 90 seconds what you can do to create a defensible space around your home. To learn more about defensible space please visit http://www.firewise.org.

 

Thanks to the US Forest Service for the video.

NFPA Journal digitalThe July/August issue of NFPA Journal® is now available both online and in digital format. The digital issue is web-based and presents all of the magazine’s stories and ads as they appear in the print magazine, with websites and email addresses clickable for instant access. The digital issue includes special versions for iPad, iPhone, and Android.

You can also download the free NFPA Journal app from the Apple App Store.

NFPA JournalThe latest issue of NFPA Journal features how a Formula One racetrack used new provisions of NFPA 72 to create an innovative mass notification system in “Loud and Clear.”

The story details the development of the Circuit of the Americas racetrack complex east of Austin, Texas, a project that had “become a development colossus with a tight deadline and a long list of potentially complex fire code requirements.” Learn more about how stakeholders implemented a testing and acceptance process while using a performance-based approach for assessing the risks.

Also featured in this issue is an article, "Front Burner" about a project that aims to help develop standardized fire scenarios and performance test methods for cooking-fire mitigation technologies conducted under the auspices of the Fire Protection Research Foundation.

 

Video: Dan Gottuk, senior engineer with Hughes Associates provides an overview of the research project into standardizing cooking fire mitigation tests.Cooking fires are the leading cause of home structure fires.


Video: Hughes Associates research engineer Josh Dinaburg provides a detailed look at an actual testing being conducted to develop a standardized test for evaluating the performance of fire prevention devices for cooking ranges. 

Learn more about this research at http://www.nfpa.org/cooking_research

EV Fire Suppression
A new report has just been published by the Fire Protection Research Foundation titled, “Best Practices for Emergency Response to Incidents Involving Electric Vehicles Battery Hazards: A Report on Full-Scale Testing Results.” This report was authored by R. Thomas Long Jr., Andrew F. Blum, Thomas J. Bress, and Benjamin R.T. Cotts with Exponent, Inc.

Fires involving cars, trucks and other highway vehicles are a common concern for emergency responders. Fire Service personnel are accustomed to responding to conventional vehicle fires, and generally receive training on the hazards associated with vehicle subsystems (e.g., air bag initiators, seat belt pre-tensioners, etc). For vehicle fires, and in particular fires involving electric drive vehicles, a key question for emergency responders is: “what is different with electric drive vehicles and what tactical adjustments are required?”

The overall goal of this project was to conduct a research program to develop the technical basis for best practices for emergency response procedures for electric drive vehicle battery incidents, with consideration for certain details including: suppression methods and agents; personal protective equipment (PPE); and clean-up/overhaul operations. A key component of this project goal was to conduct full-scale testing of large format Li-ion batteries used in these vehicles. This report summarizes these tests, and includes discussion on the key findings relating to best practices for emergency response procedures for electric drive vehicle battery incidents.

This report, like all Foundation reports, is free to download in full. 

Greg Cade
NFPA's Greg Cade testifies at the July 10, 2013, hearing on the New Jersey train derailment. Photo: myfoxphilly.com

Hearings are underway in Washington, DC, about a train derailment in New Jersey that resulted in 23,000 gallons of toxic chemicals being dumped into a creek.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating the accident, which occurred last November in Paulsboro. According to a report on myfoxphilly.com, the NTSB says these hearings are just a fact-finding mission and they are not looking to place blame.

At the second day of the hearing on July 10, Greg Cade, NFPA's director of government affairs, talked about the emergency response to the incident.

"For small departments, especially rural volunteer departments, it's pretty darn hard for them to be expected to have all that particular expertise in house," Mr. Cade is quoted as saying on myfoxphilly.com.

NFPA publishes two documents that are relevant to this incident:

NFPA 472, Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction, includes recommendations on how responders can evaluate the scene, assess potential harm, and provides details on available resources and training. The document recommends that if the incident is beyond the capabilities of the responders, to assume a defensive strategy, protect the public, and call for assistance from responders who possess the skills and equipment necessary to mitigate the incident.

NFPA 1620, Standard for Pre Incident Planning, recommends that responders assess risks within their communities (such as rail lines) and evaluate the potential hazard from an incident at that location. Once the risks are identified, the agency can measure its abilities against the requirements to stabilize the incident, and if it exceeds the local capabilities, identify what other agencies should be contacted.

Both documents are available for free on NFPA's web site.

Guest post from NFPA's Southwest Regional Director, Ray Bizal

Ray BizalLast week, I attended the memorial in Prescott Valley for the 19 wildland firefighters who died at Yarnell Hill, Arizona on June 30, 2013.  It was a huge event for the fire service in Arizona to put together in such a short time frame, given the fact that they are still battling wildfires, and the chiefs have their conference coming up July 23.

It was held at the arena in Prescott Valley, which was unable to hold the entire crowd inside.  Most of us on the inside were family, friends or fire service.  There were seating areas set up outside of the arena, with jumbo screens to watch and listen.  When the memorial ended, it was nearly 100 degrees outside and the outside seating area was full.  Thousands attended this event, and the logistics were done well. The Red Cross was stationed outside and in, providing all sorts of assistance.  Security was high but unobtrusive.

I saw our fire service friends from all over.  I happened to park next to Paul Cooke, the Director of the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control.  He was with a large contingency from his office.  I met with fire service members from CA, OR, CO, NV, NM, and of course AZ.  I had a chance to talk also with Ernie Mitchell from the USFA and folks from FEMA region 9.  My most touching conversation was with the Prescott Division Chief  Darrell Willis, who commands the Granite Mountain Hot Shots for the Prescott Fire Department.  Chief Willis was just the leader you would expect.

I saw department patches from just about every state in the U.S., London, Quebec, and Toronto.  And there were shirts of many Hot Shot crews from around the country.  I am sure people were there representing all of our NFPA regions.  

During the event, I sat next to the Crisis Management Officer from the Phoenix Fire Department, and on the other side, I sat next to a mother and her young boy who was stepson of one of the fallen.

This was a fitting tribute to these firefighters who paid the ultimate sacrifice – they exhibited uncommon valor as Vice President Biden said in his speech. The Master of Ceremony was Tim Hill, President of the Professional Fire Fighters of AZ.  He did an outstanding job getting through the ceremony with great sensitivity.  Division Chief Darrell Willis (head of the hot shots) paid tribute to his hot shots, followed by Prescott Fire Chief Dan Fraijo.  Chief Fraijo paid tribute to his department and the hot shots, presenting members of the families of all 19 firefighters with both American and Arizona flags.  It was clear that both of these chiefs felt a tremendous amount of loss. 

Mayor Marlin Kuykendall, Governor Jan Brewer, and Vice President Biden all paid tribute to these fine firefighters in a heartfelt way.  IAFF Prescott Chapter VP Dan Bates really hit home, addressing the families (and extended fire service family) of these 19 young men.  Of course, Harold Schaitberger also spoke and provided comfort and medal’s to the families of the fallen. 

The most touching presentation was the reading of the Hot Shot’s prayer by the only surviving member of the crew, Brendan McDonough.  As their watch, he gave them the evacuation order when the wind changed so quickly.  Unfortunately, they were unable to escape.  He is a brave man and a wonderful soul to have been able to say the prayer at this memorial.  I cannot imagine what he is going through. His character is not being defined by the crisis he endured; his character is being defined by his tremendous reaction to that crisis.  It was a moving gesture.

At the end of the memorial, after the Final Alarm and Taps, the Arizona Fire Fighters and Public Safety Massed Pipes and Drums played Amazing Grace.  This corps was the largest I have ever seen assembled, over 200 members participating.  I believe that this memorial will help the family, friends and co-workers move along in the grieving process.

This tragic incident has touched many around the world, as was evident in the distances traveled by many attendees.  It even reaches us in southern California, as one of the lost Hot Shot’s, Kevin Woyjeck, attended Los Alamitos High School where my wife works.  In the fall, I will be speaking again at the high school Fire Technology class, once attended by Kevin. I will present them with a program from the memorial, my ticket to enter, and the purple ribbon that was provided to everyone.

It truly was fulfilling event honoring the 19 fallen.  I felt honored to be there representing NFPA.  I trust that we can learn from this incident to help provide strategies, equipment and apparatus that will help reduce the risks faced by wildland firefighters.

Antiliano
“We, as educators, need to make sure that residential fire sprinklers become another key ingredient in the messages we deliver.”
by NFPA's Maria Figueroa
From NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog

Antiliano Estrella has been a public educator and a member of the Providence Fire Department for twenty-two years. In this post, he shares his passion for educating the community and talks about public awareness of residential fire sprinklers.

The statement; “an ounce of prevention equals a pound of cure,” is part of the ongoing recipe to keep our homes safe. One key ingredient that cannot be overlooked is to provide public awareness of residential fire sprinklers.

Our home provides shelter from the elements, keeps us warm, safe, gives us lasting memories, a place of celebration. It is one of the biggest investments we make in our lives; a unique place we call home. The place we feel the safest can also be dangerous.

Fire sprinklers respond quickly and effectively to a home fire. It makes sense to install home fire sprinklers; they save lives and property.  Fire sprinklers will help you survive a fire and significantly reduce property damage so that you can keep your home and continue living there as you did before.

Our focus is placed on preventing the fire from starting in first place and then surviving a fire. One of the biggest challenges we face in keeping our community safe in their homes is changing human behaviors around their living environment.  

For example; if someone has a kitchen fire, this traumatic experience can be a catalyst to changing behaviors. After the fire they may consider buying fire extinguishers, making sure smoke alarms work around the home, and never leaving food unattended.

Educators need to make sure that part of this behavioral change is the consideration of residential sprinklers. As educators we strive to make people aware of the fire problems around the home and hope we are influential enough to change behaviors.

I know that I am “preaching to the choir.” We, as educators, need to make sure that residential fire sprinklers become another key ingredient in the messages we deliver.

We have been so successful with smoke alarms, fire escape planning, cooking safety, and seasonal fire safety, among others. This has created a new generation of safer children and adults.

Fire and life safety education has drastically reduced fires in the last forty years. With your passion, I
know that we will continue to reduce the world wide burden of fire.

Residential fire sprinklers are nothing new. They have been around since the early 70’s. As we speak as one voice, we need to make sure that the home fire sprinkler message is one of those key ingredients in our presentations, outreach and campaigns. 

As a public fire and life safety educator and twenty-two year veteran of the Providence Fire Department, I am available to assist in answering questions regarding public awareness of home fire sprinklers; an ounce to add to your recipe of public education outreach.

NFPA provides a free home fire sprinkler educational tool kit to assist educators in their public education outreach campaigns.

A Request for Proposals has been issued for the Photovoltaic Panel Installation Best Practices Review and All Hazard Assessment research project. Proposals should be submitted to Kathleen Almand by July 23, 2012, 5 pm EDT.

Photovoltaic panels are proliferating across the country as an alternative energy source. The installation of these panels on a roof may create a number of new fire and structural hazards. There have been a number of recent studies evaluating these hazards and recommending mitigating installation strategies. 

The Foundation seeks a project coordinator to conduct a review of best practices for installation and an all-hazard assessment of photovoltaic panels installed on roofs. 

Learn more about this request for proposals

The Foundation periodically issues requests for proposals for the conduct of research. To automatically receive notification of these requests, please e-mail Eric Peterson.

By NFPA's Michele Steinberg
From NFPA's Fire Break blog

FWlandscapeA recent article in the Colorado Springs Gazette has some Colorado property owners extremely upset about wildfire mitigation. An insurance spokesperson is quoted as saying, “We recommend cutting all trees within 100 feet of a house,” and then referencing changes in NFPA’s recommendations about wildfire safety and defensible space.

So what does NFPA’s Firewise Communities program actually recommend? And have we changed our recommendations?

For more than 15 years, NFPA’s wildfire safety recommendations have been shaped by fire science research on how homes ignite. Our Firewise Landscaping and Construction Guide, one of our primary information resources, has stated, for some time now, “The primary goal for Firewise landscaping is fuel reduction — limiting the level of flammable vegetation and materials surrounding the home and increasing the moisture content of remaining vegetation. This includes the entire ‘home ignition zone’ which extends up to 200 feet in high hazard areas.”  The document then breaks out the home ignition zone concept into intermediary zones, starting with a 30-foot perimeter around the house and attachments.  This information is not new…and it hasn’t changed in years and years.

Safety in the "home ignition zone": The concept of the home ignition zone was developed by USDA Forest Service fire scientist Jack Cohen in the late 1990s, following some breakthrough experimental research into how homes ignite due to the effects of radiant heat. The 30-foot number comes from the very minimum distance, on flat ground, that a wood wall can be separated from the radiant heat of large flames without igniting.  Because of other factors such as topography, the recommended distances to mitigate for radiant heat exposure actually extend between 100 to 200 feet from the home – on a site-specific basis.

 

It’s important to keep fire out of the hands of children. Children playing with fire cause hundreds of deaths and injuries each year. Watch my new video, which features precautions that should be taken with matches and lighters and what to do if a child expresses curiosity about playing with fire.

Download our young firesetters safety tip sheet, our arson and juvenile firesetter information, or see all of our safety tip sheets.

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Lightning strikes and fires

Posted by mikehazell Employee Jul 11, 2013

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by NFPA&#39;s Andrew Holter
From the Fire Service Today blog

Sunday night I was sitting at home by the beach doing some work on my computer. It had been a hot day here in New England with temperatures in the mid 90s and even as clouds crept over shore the beach remained very busy. Suddenly without any notice a brilliant bright flash of light occurred and in the same instant booming crackling thunder which gave way to screams from the beach. The power in my building had gone out and from the sounds outside I expected to see a grim scene when I got to the window. Thankfully no one was hurt and people were running to their cars to escape the now pouring rain.


 

Lightning is extremely dangerous and too often we choose to ignore the risks which it presents. &#0160;Many times a close call with it, such as mine, can quickly remind anyone that lightning is extremely powerful. These same storms that rolled through also caused a slew of lightning strikes and one in Kingston, MA resulted in a two-alarm house fire. The NFPA &#0160;reports that between 2004 and 2008 fire departments responded to an average of 24,600 fires started by lightning which caused over 400 million dollars in property loss each year! Click here to see more information on lightning fires in the United States. &#0160;


 

The NFPA created a lightning safety sheet which can be seen by clicking here.


 

To download the latest lightning strike report by NFPA just released last month click here.


 

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FARI am proud to announce that NFPA's Fire Analysis and Research Division now has a quarterly newsletter. The first issue featured the 2012 firefighter fatality study; chttp://featherfiles.aviary.com/2013-07-11/f77694d11/ac2cc60dd910432aadcf0a42b8ff1d8c_hires.pngauses of home fires; quick fire stats and newly released reports. http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef0191042ddf7a970c-pihttp://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01901e3813d7970b-pihttp://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef0192abf74af2970d-pihttp://featherfiles.aviary.com/2013-07-11/f77694d11/d222bf6b5f194199a52c25ba35f8823c_hires.pnghttp://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01901e3816b9970b-pi

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We have lots of information to share so I hope you take a minute to check it out.

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A new proposed document NFPA 1730 Deployment and Organization of Fire Prevention Activities is accepting Public Input until September 9, 2013. NFPA's Steven Sawyer offers the details:

The scope and purpose of NFPA 1730 are:

1.1 Scope

1.1.1  This standard contains minimum requirements relating to the organization and deployment of fire prevention inspection and code enforcement, plan review, investigation, and public education operations to the public.

1.1.2 The requirements address functions and objectives of fire prevention organizations (FPO) service delivery, capability and resources.

1.1.3 This standard contains minimum requirements of a community risk assessment (CRA), adequate program selection, managing resources, records management, training, communications, and health
and safety.

1.1.4 This standard addresses the strategic and policy issues involving the organization and deployment of a fire prevention programs and does not address methods for carrying out specific fire
prevention services, activities and programs.

1.2 Purpose

1.2.1 The purpose of this standard is to specify the minimum criteria addressing the effectiveness and efficiency of the public FPO of fire prevention inspection and code enforcement, plan review, investigation, and public education operations to the public by fire departments and other organization.

To view the draft and other information go to www.nfpa.org/1730 click on the next edition tab their you will fin information on meetings, agendas, the preliminary draft and a link to provide your input electronically.

Boeing-787-Dreamliner_4By Curtis Tate, McClatchy Newspapers
Star-Telegram.com

WASHINGTON — While Boeing maintains that a fire in an electronics compartment of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner last week and another fire on a test flight in 2010 are not related, the plane’s fire-suppression system does not protect the site where both fires occurred.

The incidents have some aviation experts questioning assurances by company officials, the Federal Aviation Administration and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood that the plane is safe.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating last week’s fire, and the FAA is reviewing the plane’s electrical system and the inspection process that led to the plane’s certification in 2011. The Dreamliner relies on its electrical components more than any similar aircraft, and much of that system is supplied by UTC Aerospace.

The Charlotte, N.C., company also furnishes the plane’s fire detection and suppression system, which uses Halon 1301 gas to extinguish fires in cargo compartments, but not the one that contains key electrical systems.

A spokesman for UTC Aerospace directed questions about the plane’s design to Boeing.

Boeing spokeswoman Lori Gunter said that fire-suppression systems are not typical in electronics compartments. “That’s not unique to the 787,” she said. “It’s true of all Boeing airplanes.”

Though production of Halon 1301 has been banned for most uses for nearly two decades because it depletes ozone, it still is commonly used in fire-suppression systems on aircraft. Barry Chase, a fire protection engineer at the National Fire Prevention (sic) Association in Quincy, Mass., said that another common use in the past was to protect computer rooms.

“It’s not electrically conductive,” he said. “It was used that way for a very long time.”

Editor's note: NFPA 12A, Standard on Halon 1301 Fire Extinguishing Systems, contains minimum requirements for total flooding Halon 1301 fire extinguishing systems.

Read the entire article at Star-Telegram.com.

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A November fire in a garment factor in Bangladesh (photo from abcnews.go.com)

 

A coalition of trade unions led by IndustriALL and Uni and 70 market leading clothing brands and retailiers announced steps to implement the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh. According to the announcement from IndustriaALL, the coalition will begin taking steps to address safety issues in clothing factories in Bangladesh. The announcement identified key highlights of the implementation plan &#0160;which includes conducting initial inspections to identify hazards and the need for repairs within nine months. More details on the plan can be found at the IndustriALL website.


Over the past several months, there has been extensive news coverage of a number of tragic fires in garment factories in Bnagladesh and Pakistan. In April, the media also covered the collapse of the Rana Plaza Factory,an eight-story commercial building located outside Dhaka, killing 1,127and injuring another 2,500 people.


 

In a recent column in NFPA Journal, NFPA President Jim Shannon called these incidents appalling saying,&quot;It is appalling in the 21st century that workers anywhere in the world would be subjected to conditions like these.&quot; He likened these horrific events to the Triangle Waist Co. fire in 1911 in New York that took the lives of 146 people, mostly garment workers. Following this fire,&#0160;NFPA led the way in upgrading working conditions in the United States by developing the Building Exits Code, which has evolved into[ NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code® | http://www.nfpa.org/freeaccess]. &#0160; Shannon states in his piece, &quot;As an organization that is regarded as a worldwide authority on safety, we must contribute to the effort to raise standards of safety for workers everywhere...Adoption of NFPA 1® Fire Code ® and the Life Safety Code by the governments of Pakistan and Bangladesh is a way for those countries to begin to raise safety standards." 

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Do you want to make a difference? We have an ideal opportunity for a Division Manager of Fulfillment to serve customers by planning and implementing call center strategies and operations, improving systems and processes, and managing staff. This position will be based in the Avon, MA NFPA location. 

This position requires a Bachelor’s Degree, MBA desirable, as well as course work in industrial engineering, economics or management being preferred. A minimum of 10 years experience in charge of direct marketing, publishing or distribution activity, entailing the receipt, processing and fulfillment of orders is necessary. Business-to-Business experience is preferred and call center management is required. Please take a look at the list of principal job responsibilities to better detemine your interest level.  

Think you're a fit? Contact NFPA's HR department today!

yarnell-fire

(photo KTLA5 - CA)

The nation and the world continue to grieve for the 19 brave firefighters who lost their lives this week battling one of the many raging wildland fires in the United States. Acording to NFPA records, the fire near Yarnell, Arizona  is the deadliest incident for firefighters since 9/11 and the third highest firefighter death toll for wildland  fires.  The 1910 Devil’s Broom wildfire in Silverton, Idaho killed 86  firefighters and the 1933 Griffith Park blaze in Los Angeles,  California, killed 29.

Metro Chief President G. Keith Bryant, who serves as the chief of Okahoma City Fire Department shared the sentiments of his membership saying, "On behalf of the members of the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association, we send our most heartfelt condolences to families and fellow firefighters of the 19 who sadly but bravely lost their lives in the Arizona wildfires.  We recognize the enormity of this tragedy and the impact to the loved ones who have lost so much and  we grieve with you.  The Metropolitan Fire Chiefs offer our prayers for comfort and strength to those suffering with this tragic loss and will always honor the sacrifice of our fallen brothers."

Peter Holland, UK Chief Fire and Rescue Advisor and a member of the Metro Chiefs also sent his condolensces to the US stating,  "It truly is unbelievable that so many firefighters have paid the ultimate sacrifice by losing their lives in the enormous wildfires sweeping through Arizona. On behalf of the British government I pass on the sincere condolences of all our citizens to our friends in the United States. We look on in awe at the enormity of the fires and the brave efforts of your firefighters to halt these devastating wildfires."

The Metro Chiefs Association brings  together fire chiefs from large metropolitan fire departments to share  information and focus on major issues effecting policy changes in the  U.S. and abroad. Its members belong to the IAFC and NFPA and are the  fire chiefs of jurisdictions with minimum staffing of 350 fully paid  career fire fighters.

Throughout the week the media have used a number of NFPA resources to tell this tragic story and provide an overview of the growing wildfire problem. For  more NFPA resources, including statistics and research, NFPA Journal  articles on wildfire and online information relating to wildfire and  Fire Adapted Communities, please see the "Breaking News" section of our  NFPA press room.

In accordance with 4.4.8.4 of the Regulations Governing the Development of NFPA Standards (Regs.) if no Public Comment is received, the Technical Committee shall determine by a ballot, supported by at least a majority vote, whether to hold a meeting to consider the development of Second Revisions for the Second Draft.  If it is determined that no meeting shall be held, or if a meeting, having been held, results in no Second Revisions, the NFPA Standard shall be considered a consent standard.

The Committee on Electrical Equipment Evaluation produced a First Revision Report for NFPA 790, Standard for Competency of Third-Party Field Evaluation Bodies, and NFPA 791, Recommended Practice and Procedures for Unlabeled Electrical Equipment Evaluation.  The Committee on Fire and Emergency Service Organization and Deployment – Volunteer produced a First Revision Report for NFPA 1720, Standard for the Organization and Deployment of Fire Suppression Operations, Emergency Medical Operations and Special Operations to the Public by Volunteer Fire Departments.  These Standards sought Public Comments and no Public Comments were received. The Committees have determined that no further revisions are needed to the Standards. The proposed NFPA Standards, as revised in the First Draft Reports, shall be considered Consent Standards and, therefore, were forwarded directly to the Standards Council for action in accordance with Section 4.7.

NFPA 1720 was issued June 28, 2013 and NFPA 790 and 791 were issued July 5, 2013.

When you think of the fourth of July, you think of a day that celebrates independence. Each year you create memories from this great occasion with family and friends. The Foy family from Pelham, New Hampshire was doing just that on July 3rd, 2012 when all of a sudden an explosion went through the air. In the clip below, they tell their story of how they were among the more than dozen people injured in this consumer fireworks incident.

 

As New Hampshire’s Fire Marshal, J. William Degnan said, “go to the professional show.” It is not worth the risk of injury that could change your life forever. On Independence Day in a typical year, many U.S fires are reported more than any other day, and fireworks account for two out of five of those fires, more than any other cause of fires. The risk of fireworks injury was highest for children ages 5-19, and adults 25-44. Check out these safety tips to keep your family and friends safe on this fun-filled holiday!

Dryers
Photo by Salvatore Vuono

Before you casually toss your next load of laundry into the dryer, consider this story.

A maintenance worker at a San Angelo, Texas, motel this week discovered smoke inside the facility's laundry room. According to the San Angelo Standard-Times, the machine overheated, causing the sheets inside to catch fire. The worker attempted to douse the flames with a fire extinguisher and then called the fire department after smoke continued to emit from the machine. Firefighters extinguished the fire, which was contained to the laundry room. Two people were treated for smoke inhalation.

The department's captain told the Standard-Times that the incident was the second dryer fire his crew responded to in a week; the other fire involved built-up dryer lint.

"Always check your dryer vents," the captain told the newspaper. "People don't think about cleaning the lint, and that is a danger."

NFPA statistics highlight this danger: in 2010, an estimated 16,800 home structure fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines resulted in 51 deaths, 380 injuries, and $236 million in property damage. The leading cause of fire in these incidents was failure to clean. 

Download NFPA's dryer safety tip sheet, which includes information on maintaining these machines.

Fireworks Report
The annual Fireworks report is out, and it still tells a cautionary tale of consumer fireworks. In 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires, with 9,600 fireworks-related injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms.

Different fireworks are banned depending on the state, but it isn’t always the flashy explosive type that poses a risk. Sparklers and novelties alone accounted for 34 percent of the emergency room fireworks injuries in 2011. In addition, children are disproportionately at risk for sustaining injuries from fireworks.

NFPA coordinates the Alliance to Stop Consumer Fireworks, a group of health and safety organizations, which aims to reduce the number of fireworks-related deaths and injuries by encouraging people to attend professional displays instead of using consumer fireworks at home.

To view the full Fireworks report, and for more information about NFPA and firework safety, visit www.nfpa.org/fireworks.

Ken Willette, NFPA's division manager for Public Fire Protection, fielded questions about the deadly Yarnell Hill Fire from PBS news anchor Judy Woodruff during a recent broadcast of NewsHour. Nineteen firefighters lost their lives in the ongoing blaze, which is considered the deadliest incident for firefighters since September 11.

Willette offered insight into the duties and responsibilities of the "hot shot crew," a team of wildland firefighters known for their physical agility, extensive training in wildfire suppression, and ability to self-sustain for days in potentially dangerous conditions. All 19 fallen firefighters were part of this team.

While their causes of death are still undetermined, Willette says responding to the conditions in the area--ample amounts of low vegetative fuel and high heat, for example--was "probably one of the hardest firefighting tasks a firefighter can ever encounter."

Willette also shed light on "fire shelters" and its use during fighting wildfires. See the entire interview here:

 

Watch Firefighters Who Perished in Arizona Faced High Heat on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.

The following proposed Tentative Interim Amendments (TIAs) for NFPA 1981Standard on Open-Circuit Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) for Emergency Services, and NFPA 1982, Standard on Personal Alert Safety Systems (PASS), are being published for public review and comment:

Anyone may submit a comment on these proposed TIAs by the August 12, 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.

Can you see the Fourth of July up ahead? Grilling (safely), getting some sun, hanging out with family under a parade of brightly-colored sparks; it’s a great day, and fireworks shows are always a great end to it. Make sure that the shows are professional displays, though. It’s too easy to cause harm to yourself or others with consumer fireworks.

Independence Day is always peppered with fires started with fireworks, and more fires occur on it than on any other day of the year. One recent instance of fireworks-related disaster occurred last year in Pellham, NH. Patrick and Marci Foy, and their young daughter, Olivia, were attending a family celebration on July 3, 2012. More than dozen people were hurt when a consumer fireworks show went wrong. In the clip below, they share their recollections of the experience and its continued impact on their lives. 

 

Remember, even treating consumer fireworks with caution is no guarantee that others will do the same, or that unforeseen issues won’t occur. The best precaution for this Fourth of July is to go to a professional show, or even a few of them, and enjoy the display and the holiday!

For more information, visit the Alliance to Stop Consumer Fireworksor www.nfpa.org/fireworks.

Every year the NFPA Standards Council recognizes individuals for outstanding service to the organization in the development of codes and standards. Awards were presented to 12 individuals prior to the start of the Association Technical Meeting at the NFPA conference in Chicago.

STANDARDS MEDAL
The highest award given by the Standards Council, the Standards Medal is given for outstanding contribution to fire safety in the development of standards prepared by NFPA technical committees.

The 2013 Standards Medal was presented to Philip J DiNenno of Baltimore, MD, president of Hughes Associates, Inc. Mr. DiNenno, who currently serves on the NFPA Board of Directors, has served on many NFPA Technical Committees, including Gaseous Fire Extinguishing Systems, Merchant Vessels, Water Mist Fire Suppression Systems, Halon Alternative Protection Options, Fire Investigations and Fire Tests. He also served on the NFPA Standards Council from 1998-2007, as Chair from 2002-2007.

SPECIAL SERVICE AWARDS
Special Achievement Award presented to recognize the significant contribution of a committee member to a single project that has enhanced the NFPA codes- and standards-making process.

William E. Peterson of Plano, Texas
This award recognizes not only Bill’s leadership and personal contributions with the Fire Service Training project, but also his efforts with the many committee projects Bill has been participating in over the years.
William has served on several NFPA Technical Committees:
• Professional Qualifications since 1990 Chair since 2009
• Fire Inspector and Plan Examiner Professional Qualifications since 1984; Chair from 1990 – 2000
• Fire Service Organization and Deployment from 1995 – 1998
• Fire Service Training since 1977; Chair from 2001 – 2011.
•   Member of the NFPA Standards Council from 1993 – 1998.
•   Member of the Board of Directors from 1996 – 1999.

Dr. Shane M. Clary of Bay Alarm Company in Pacheco, California
This award recognizes not only Shane’s leadership and personal contributions with the many committees on which he participates, but also his efforts with the new process rewrite.
Shane has served on several NFPA Technical Committees:
• Technical Correlating Committees on Signaling Systems from 2003 – 2013
• Protected Premises Fire Alarm and Signaling Systems since 1993
• Fundamentals of Fire Alarm and Signaling Systems since 2003   Chair from 2003 – 2013;
• Carbon Monoxide Detection since 2005;
• Technical Correlating Committee on Life Safety Code® since 2007
• Building Construction and Safety Code® Technical Committee on Building Systems since 2000
• NEC® Code-Making Panel 3 since 2002
• Premises Security since 2001
• Fire Code Committee since 2005
• Cultural Resources since 2006
• Fire Risk Assessment Methods since 2010
• Commissioning and Integrated Testing since 2007
• NFPA Standards Council from 2006 – 2011

Joseph Jardin of the New York City Fire Department, New York
This award recognizes his commitment and dedication to the development and implementation of the new NFPA Standards Process
Joseph has served on several NFPA Technical Committees:
• Life Safety Code®/Building Construction and Safety Code® Building Service and Fire Protection Equipment since 1991; Chair since 2009
• Residential Occupancies from1991 – 2000; Chair 1994 – 2000
• Correlating Committees Building Construction and Safety Code® since 2000
• Life Safety Code® since 2009
• Life Safety Code® TC on Alternative Approaches to Life Safety from 1991 – 2004
• NFPA Standards Council from 2005 – 2011.

COMMITTEE SERVICE AWARDS
The Committee Service Award is given to a technical committee member for continuous and exemplary service on one or more committees over a substantial period of time, and in recognition and appreciation of distinguished service to the NFPA in the development of NFPA Codes and Standards.

James B. Biggins of Global Risk Consultants Corporation, in Manhattan, Illinois
James has served on several NFPA Technical Committees:

• Internal Combustion Engines since 1992; Chair from1993 – 2003
• Fire Protection for Nuclear Facilities from 1990 – 2011
• Automatic Sprinkler Systems Correlating Committee since 2006
 Private Water Supply Piping Systems since 1996; and Chair 2006 – 2010
 Hanging and Bracing of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems since 1998; Chair 2010

Lawrence M. Krasner Medfield, Massachusetts formerly of FM Global
Lawrence has served on several NFPA Technical Committees:

• Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting since 1973; and Chair 1996 – 1997
• Airport Facilities since 1975; Chair 1982 – 1997

Joseph N. Saino of Memphis, Tennessee
Joseph served on the Technical Committee on Fire Doors and Windows for 40 years, he has been a member since 1973.

Michael A. Wieder of Fire Protection Publications in Stillwater, Oklahoma
Michael has served on several NFPA Technical Committees:

• Correlating Committee on Professional Qualifications since 2003
 Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications since 1990,
 Incident Management Personnel Professional Qualifications since 2003 as Chair
 Traffic Control Management Professional Qualifications since 2010
• Fire Service Training from 2001 – 2004.

Richard W. Carlson, Okolona Fire Department, Louisville, Kentucky
Richard has served on several NFPA Technical Committees:

• The Technical Correlating Committee on Professional Qualifications since 2003
• The Technical Committee on Fire Inspector and Plan Examiner Professional Qualifications since 1991; Chair since 2003.

Timothy M. Croushore of FirstEnergy Technologies in Greensburg, Pennsylvania
Timothy has served on several NFPA Technical Committees:

• Panel 12 since 2005 as chair. 
• Code-Making Panel 3 from  1993 – 1996;
• Code-Making Panel 9 from 1993 – 2005; and Chair 1998 – 2005;
• The Technical Correlating Committee on the National Electrical Code® 1998; and
• The Technical Committee on Electrical Equipment Maintenance from 1999 – 2008.

Scott Cline, McMurtrey Electric, Inc., Monterey Park, CA
Scott has served on several NEC Panels

• National Electrical Code®:
 Code-Making Panel 6 since 2005 as Chair – present
 Code-Making Panel 12 from 1997 – 2002
 Code-Making Panel 20 from 1997 – 2002
 Code-Making Panel 10 from 2002 – 2005

William R. Drake, Actuant Electrical, Fairfield, CA
William has served on the Technical Correlating Committee on the National Electrical Code® since 1988

Leslie Sabin-Mercado, San Diego Gas & Electric Company, San Diego, CA
Leslie has served on several NFPA Technical Committees:
• National Electrical Code®:
 Code-Making Panel 19 in 1993; and again as Chair in 2005
 Code-Making Panel 20 from 2005 – 2007

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