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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
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  • Fire and Emergency Services
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  • 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'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'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.

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