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(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.

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