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The Call for Presentations for the 2014 NFPA Conference & Expo in Las Vegas is open! This short video highlights the perks that speakers receive by participating in the Conference program. It's easy to submit your ideas online, however, we need to hear from you by Monday, September 16!

And if you're busy and need a little reminder, download this 'calendar reminder' for August 30th. You’ll be alerted that there are 2 weeks left to send in your session proposals to meet the September 16th deadline. The 2014 NFPA Conference & Expo will be held June 9-12, 2014 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.



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Want to participate?


**Fire departments and Domino&#39;s franchisees; for more information and instructions on how to execute the program in your town,&#0160;download the step-by-step toolkit. Fire service, please note that each Domino&#39;s Pizza store is independently owned and operated. Domino&#39;s Pizza Public Relations Team is happy to reach out to your local franchise owner on your behalf, but please be aware that program participation is up to the discretion of the store owner.</p>

Fire Departments interested in signing up to participate in the 2013 Domino’s Fire Prevention Week Program can&#0160;download the form, and submit to&#0160;[Jeanette Conklin |]&#0160;at Domino’s. Departments that sign up between August 14 and August 28 will be entered into Domino’s Fire Safety Sign up Giveaway for a chance to win a Fire Prevention Week in a Box.&#0160;Read official rules for details.

The Foundation has issued a request for proposals for a project contractor to develop information to provide guidance to the NFPA 58 Technical Committee on the criteria that should be used to determine threshold value(s) for heavy snowfall.

Cloud ceilings are panels that sit beneath a structural ceiling with gaps. They are becoming more and more popular in commercial and industrial buildings. NFPA 13, the Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems, does not have definitive guidance on automatic sprinkler installation requirements for these ceilings. To remedy this, FPRF partnered with Hughes Associates, Inc. to conduct a study to better understand Sprinkler Protection for Cloud Ceilings.


The result provides guidance for sprinkler installation requirements for large, contiguous clouds by determining the maximum gap size between the wall and the cloud edge at which sprinklers located on the structural ceiling are not effective.

To read more about the project, check out the official news release. You can also read the full report.


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DoD photo by Master Sgt. Christopher DeWitt, U.S. Air Force

Warning: the Earth's changing climate will likely have a severe impact on future wildfire events in the U.S.

That&#39;s the takeaway from a recent NASA article, which backs up this statement with computer modeling and satellite imagery that paint a dire portrait of America&#39;s future fire landscape. Wildfires have already burned more than 2.5 million acres in the U.S. this year, and drier climates expected across the nation in coming decades will likely exacerbate the damage associated with these events.

What can we expect as the Earth heats up? According to the article, the country is in store for longer fire seasons, larger areas at risk of wildfire, and more frequent wildfire events.

"A 100,000-acre wildfire used to be unusual, you would see one every few
years," Carl Albury, a contractor with the Forest Service, tells NASA. "Those type of fires
are becoming a yearly occurrence."

All the more reason, says NFPA, to start preparing your homes and communities for today's wildfire threats before they worsen. Check out the[ Firewise |] website for tips on safeguarding homes and property, and watch the NASA video highlighting the new research:

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