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<p><a class="asset-img-link" style="float: right;" href="" target="_blank"><img class="asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef019affb1f28c970c" style="width: 200px; margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;" title="NFPA 101 report" src="" alt="NFPA 101 report" /></a>The Technical Committee on Assembly and Educational Occupancies for <a href="" target="_blank">NFPA 101, Life Safety Code</a>, needed more information on the topic of at what age that children are considered capable of self-preservation, so a study was undertaken that included a review of literature on the topic and a questionnaire to early childhood experts and teachers. NFPA 101 defines Self-preservation capability as the ability of a client to evacuate a location without direct intervention by a staff member (e.g. carrying, guiding by direct hand-holding, etc.). The purpose of the project was to recommend the age at which pre-school children may be considered being capable of self-preservation. </p>
<p>The report that resulted, <a href="" target="_blank">"Developing Self-Preservation Capability in Pre-School Children,"</a> authored by Anca Taciuc and Anne S. Dederichs of the Technical University of Denmark, has just been published. Take a look at the findings by <a href="" target="_blank">downloading the full report</a>. </p>

An investigative report on the Yarnell Hill Fire that killed 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots crew was released on Saturday at a morning news conference in Prescott, Arizona led by the Arizona State Forestry Division.

Yarnell Hill Fire
A KPHO-TV/CBS 5-AZ.COM image shows fires raging in the hills near Yarnell, Arizona on June 30, 2013 (KPHO-TV/CBS-5-AZ.COM/AFP)
Florida State Forester Jim Karels led the Serious Accident Investigation Team, an interagency task force of experts, commissioned by the Forestry Division that wrote the report. During the conference, the Team provided information about the causes of the fire and the circumstances leading to the entrapment and ultimate deaths of the Hotshot crew.  

According to NFPA, the Yarnell Hill Fire, which occurred on June 30, 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.  Following the Yarnell Hill tragedy, Ken Willette, NFPA's division manager for Public Fire Protection, fielded questions about the fire from PBS news anchor Judy Woodruff during a broadcast of NewsHour. 

While the findings of the investigation and the recommendations which surfaced from this report don’t pertain directly to civilians (non-firefirefighter personnel), the message is still clear: all residents have a role to play in keeping our homes and communities safer from wildfire. Firefighters alone cannot solve the wildfire problems we face. As residents living in the WUI, we have the responsibility to help prepare for and protect our homes, neighborhoods and communities against the threat of wildfire. By doing so, we can help our firefighters do their jobs safely and with less incidents. 

In recent months, more information has been shared about the Hotshot crew’s significant contribution to community safety in nearby Prescott, through their involvement in mitigation activities and creating defensible space near homes. The crew, working together with the Prescott Area WUI Commission and residents, made significant progress in reducing that community’s risk of wildfire damage by incorporating Fire Adapted Communities and Firewiseprinciples. At NFPA’s Backyards & Beyond Wildland Fire Education Conference in Salt Lake City, November 14 - 16, this significant and important work will be examined in a session, Prescott, Arizona – A Case Study in Community Wildfire Defense, and will highlight the effectiveness of the city’s growing  community action movement toward their wildfire threat.

Now is the time for community members to work together to become more fire adapted. Learn how you can get involved and take action. Visit www.fireadapted.organd for more information.

Fire Prevention Week is just around the corner. Here is some of the fire department events planned.

  • Nicollet County Emergency Management (MN) is promoting the importance of home fire escape planning.
  • Spring Lake Park-Blaine-Mounds View Fire Department (MN) will be holding open houses at its 4 fire stations. The events will provide residents an opportunity to explore fire trucks, ride in the bucket of a ladder truck, experience spraying water from a fire hose and learn about fire safety.
  • Port Colborne, (ON) Fire and Emergency Services has experienced two recent fires resulting from stoves being left unattended. The 2013 Fire Prevention Week theme “Prevent Kitchen Fires” provides a great opportunity for the fire department to reach out to residents with important cooking safety information. The department will host a safety event that will include an inflatable safety house,   a rollover simulator, hotdogs and drinks, face painting and fire safety information.
  • The Anderson Elementary School (Trenton, MI) will host a walk-a-thon for students, an annual Fire Prevention Week event. Students will leave the school with the high school marching band playing for the students. When the students finish the walk, they will go to the gymnasium for a Fire Prevention Week program conducted by the Trenton Fire Department.
  • The Liberal (KS) City Commission met recently and proclaimed October 6-12 as Fire Prevention Week. Members of the Liberal Fire Department were on hand, including Sparky the Fire Dog®.

What have you planned for Fire Prevention Week? Please let us know in the comments section below.

- by NFPA's Judy Comoletti

!|src=|alt=30B10619600E4E46A3C66885E2AA3A44|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=30B10619600E4E46A3C66885E2AA3A44|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef019aff9f4775970d!The technical committees for NFPA 72®, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code ,

have struggled with issues relating to the use of Ethernet networks for the transmission and interconnectivity of fire alarm systems for a number of years, says Wayne Moore in the latest issue of +NFPA Journal+. To help resolve those issues, the Correlating Committee for Signaling Systems for the Protection of

Life and Property established a task group, which recently submitted the result of its work as a proposal that would help bring the fire alarm and

emergency communications industry closer to using interconnectivity

already used by most other microprocessor-based systems. For more on these changes, read the Wayne&#39;s column &quot;Shared Paths&quot; in the September/October issue of Journal. top story2
Our newest Faces of Fire story features Mayer and Sheryl Fistal from Falmouth, Maine. They moved from New Jersey to live in their brand new, custom built, retirement dream home. Three months after moving in, on a chilly morning in October 23, 2006, a fire broke out in the fireplace located in their living room. The fire grew, rapidly spreading heat and smoke throughout the house.

The Fistals, their dog and their guests escaped serious injury, although Sheryl suffered smoke inhalation. The house was a total loss and they were literally left with their vehicle and the clothes they were wearing. Everything else they owned was gone.


When they rebuilt their home there was no question that a fire sprinkler system would be included in the plans. “As you get older in life you are not apt to respond as fast as you would when you are young, you’re not as quick to realize what’s happening…sprinklers are definitely worth the investment” said Mayer. “Now I feel very secure…,” added Sheryl.

Mayer and Sheryl were very fortunate to have survived this fire, pretty much unscathed. As Mayer very eloquently pointed out to us, age is a risk factor in fire death and injury. Fire sprinklers control and may fully extinguish the fire, providing the additional time to escape that older adults and other high risk groups may need to get out alive.

Visit our Faces of Fire page to read our other stories and see more videos.

- by NFPA's Maria Figueroa

Service to America Medal Finalists
The 2013 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal finalists for the citizen services category include from left: Michael Craig and Todd Weber, Dave Broomell, Martha Dorris, Terence Milholland and Daniel Madrzykowski.

There are countless unsung civil servants working behind the scenes to ensure our government effectively provides critical services that meet the many needs of the American people.  

On October 3, the nonprofit, nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service will present the prestigious Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal for Citizen Services to one of the previously named five finalists. These individuals improved customer service at the Social Security Administration, developed new firefighting techniques to save lives, employed technology to speed tax refunds, headed a rapid response to a multistate outbreak of fungal meningitis, and used technology to help agencies provide better service and information.

One of the finalists is Daniel Madrzykowski, a fire protection engineer with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and a great contributor to all areas of NFPA. Daniel has been nominated for "improving firefighting practices and saving lives," an amazing achievement for Daniel and the fire protection community. 

Dan Madrzykowski has spent a good portion of his 28 years in government burning down buildings to study how fire behaves, resulting in radical changes in firefighting practices around the country that are saving lives and protecting property.

Working with fire departments across the country, Madrzykowski finds buildings that are scheduled for demolition and recreates previous fires in which firefighters were injured or lost their lives. He uses sophisticated research tools and fire-modeling software that help him analyze the blazes and then spreads the word to firefighters on what he has learned.

Madrzykowski and his team have improved everything from ventilation and fire-suppression tactics to the protective equipment firefighters wear. He has had a major impact on understanding, documenting and mitigating the dangerous problem of fire driven by wind, which occurs frequently on the upper floors of tall buildings.

He is currently a member of the NFPA Fire Investigations Committee (appointed 7/04) and the Fire Service Training Committee (appointed 7/08).  His previous committee appointments include:

  • Automatic Sprinklers Systems Correlating Committee (1/92-8/06)
  • Means of Egress (91-99)
  • Mercantile & Business Occupancies (1/91-9/99)
  • Safety to Life Correlating Committee (1/96-9/99)
  • Forest & Rural Fire Protection (1/96-10/05)
  • Residential Sprinkler Systems (10/97-7/06; served as chair)
  • Sprinkler System Discharge Criteria (10/97-4/08)
  • Water Mist Fire Suppression Systems (4/94-4/08)

Congratulations to Daniel and all of the Medal finalists!


Voters views on wildfire

Posted by mikehazell Employee Sep 27, 2013

Just under half (44%) of U.S. voters say “uncontrollable wildfires that destroy property and forests "is a serious problem, facing the nation” – with one-in-four calling it an “extremely” or “very” serious problem, according to a recent poll comissioned by the National Forest Foundation. Concerns about this issue are drastically different by region, with 42% of voters in the West saying wildfires are an extremely or very serious problem and two-thirds deeming them to be at least somewhat serious.

The report also acknowledges that this is the highest proportion to register this view since 2007. 

Read the full report to learn more.

- by NFPA's LisaMarie Sinatra

Cooking operationsIn the interest of making health care occupancies more homelike, a proposal submitted for the 2015 edition of NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®, would allow portable cooking devices in certain areas of nursing homes. This proposal is an extension of similar provisions included in the 2012 edition that guide cooking operations.

In the latest issue of NFPA Journal, columnist Chip Carson outlines some of these provisions and relations to NFPA 96, Ventilation Control and Fire Protection of Commercial Cooking Equipment.

"The Life Safety Code allows limited cooking in certain occupancies," says Carson. "The new proposed changes include allowing devices such as microwave ovens, hot plates, and electric skillets for reheating and limited cooking."

Read Carson's column for more details.


The Phoenix Society has recently released this new PSA, featuring Joe Kinan, a Station Nightclub Fire survivor. Joe was assisted through the recovery process, after being badly burned in the Station Nightclub fire, by the Phoenix Society. 

The PSA lets all burn survivors know about the World Burn Congress, an annual international conference that brings together more than 800 burn survivors, their families, care givers, burn care professionals and firefighters. It is a forum in which stories are shared, support is provided and knowledge of burn recovery is increased. For many it is the first opportunity to meet and share with others who have experienced a burn trauma.

The conference also serves as a wonderful learning experience for burn care professionals to better understand the issues that impact burn survivors' lives. Many firefighters that have attended discuss the closure it brings for them as they witness burn survivors and their families living meaningful lives.

This year's World Burn Congress is being held in Providence, Rhode Island from October 9-12. Please visit the Phoenix Society website for more information and to register

Think you know the code? Prove it.

This week, the NEC Challenge is back, as NFPA has traveled to Portland, Ore. for the 2013 IEC Convention and Trade Show. And whether you find us at the trade show or are playing along at home, you have another chance to win an iPad and a copy of the 2014 NEC, as well as earn the pride in knowing that you rose to the NEC Challenge.

Attending the IEC Convention? Be sure to stop by the NFPA booth (#1016) to answer one of more than 200 NEC code technical questions. Answer just one correctly and you will be entered into a drawing for a free iPad and a copy of the all-new 2014 NEC.

If you really want to prove your superior code knowledge, you may play-on, receiving additional questions until they answer one incorrectly. Each correct question earns you a point. And the top five scores of the trade show will be featured on our leaderboard. The player at the top of the leaderboard at the conclusion of the trade show not only earns an iPad and a copy of the 2014 NEC, but a chance to compete at a later date among all other NEC Challenge leaderboard winners and earn the title of NEC Challenge Champion.

Not at the IEC Convention this weekend? No problem. Questions about changes for the 2014 NEC will be released by @NFPA throughout the trade show on Thursday, September 26 and Friday, September 27. Just follow the NFPA Twitter account and stay tuned for your chance to win. You’ll have one hour after each question is released to respond with the correct answer and earn your entry into the drawing.

For additional information and updates about the 2014 NEC and the NEC Challenge, register at

Let the Challenge begin!

!|src=|alt=8B1A3D5100B5455BA9484310887397D7|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=8B1A3D5100B5455BA9484310887397D7|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef019aff9f2faf970d!A properly operating and maintained building standpipe system is

invaluable to firefighters mounting an interior fire attack in a building, particularly a high-rise building. Because buildings may have

standpipe systems of varying types, a fire department&#39;s standpipe standard operating procedures, which address tasks to be performed

and equipment to be carried into the building, must

be constantly reviewed and accurately reflect

information obtained through pre-fire planning. For more on the subject, read Russ Saunders and Ben Klaene&#39;s&#0160; column &quot;Standpipe Prep&quot; in the September/October issue of +NFPA Journal or leaf through the new digital edition of the magazine.

Human behaviorWhile attending a recent research conference, NFPA Journal columnist Kathleen Almand was struck by the number of presenters seeking a deeper understanding of human behavior and its impact on fire safety. NFPA, which has incorporated new research on human behavior into its codes and standards, is also deeply interested in this subject.

Studies on human behavior "have changed from observational research--the how and why of behavior in a fire--to the application of that work to fire safety design and even to the codification of safety provisions in our codes and standards," states Almand, also the executive director of the Fire Protection Research Foundation, in the latest issue of NFPA Journal.

Read Almand's entire column for examples of how the Foundation is delving deeper into the topic of human behavior.  

Destructive wildfires affect many areas across the state of California; threatening communities, risking the lives of firefighters, disrupting residents through evacuations and home losses, and creating millions of dollars of damage to homes,
 businesses and valuable natural resources. The good news is there are simple and often inexpensive ways to make your home safer from wildfire. Sacramento workshops

The Sacramento (California) Metropolitan Fire Department is set to offer NFPA mitigation training courses to Sacramento-area residents. The one-day “Assessing Residential Wildfire Hazards” and two-day “Assessing Wildfire Hazards in the Home Ignition Zone” begin October 1 and are available at five area locations in and around Sacramento. The courses are open to fire service professionals, stakeholders, proactive community residents and others interested in understanding and acting to reduce wildfire losses. 

NFPA’s courses are taught by experienced wildland fire specialists and offer factual wildfire mitigation solutions and action strategies based on research and post-fire investigations. Participants will learn techniques that are most effective in reducing wildfire losses in the home ignition zone (HIZ) – the home and the surrounding 100 to 200 feet. Courses will also focus on the physical and behavioral sciences and their important relationship to wildfire mitigation.

For more information on the program and how to register check out the official news release, or visit the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire’s event web page

NFPA and Sparky the Fire Dog are calling on fire departments, parents and teachers to Read for Fire Safety during Fire Prevention Week (October 6-12) and throughout the year to raise awareness among children about the importance of fire safety.T-Cloud_Sparky

NFPA recently launched a new free e-book and a storybook app that offer fun and interactive learning experiences for readers and audiences alike.

In Sparky’s Birthday Surprise app, it’s the fire-safety dog’s birthday and children learn and play as they plan the party. The app is aimed at helping children ages 3-7 learn what to do if the smoke alarm sounds, how to exit the house safely, and choose an outside meeting place for their family. It has games, activities, coloring pages, and a sing-a-long.

The new e-book, designed for children ages 7-12, includes a tale of rescue dog The Black Pearl, a story of a “superhero” kid who protected his family from fire, and intriguing scientific facts about smoke and fire. The e-book and app both feature interactive whiteboard lessons on fire safety, addressing phonics, math, and reading comprehension. A teacher/parent guide with discussion questions and additional activities are also included.

Tips on how to organize a reading opportunity are available at You can also visit to learn more and submit information on local efforts to support Read for Fire Safety.

Both the app and e-book are available on Google Play and iTunes, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

To find out more about the Read for Fire Safety campaign you can also check out the official news release or visit the Read for Fire Safety website.

186E9BA0BDBD4E44A7594E8403C08DD1According to the 2013 edition of NFPA 13, Installation of Sprinkler Systems, once the sprinkler has been removed, it cannot be reinstalled because it might have become damaged, says Matt Klaus in his column "Since U Been Gone" in the latest issue of NFPA Journal. However, the wording of this new  requirement, simply says “when a sprinkler has been removed,”  which has given rise to a number of different interpretations.

"The requirement  generated a considerable amount of debate during the development of the  2013 edition of NFPA 13," says Klaus, "And I’m sure it will get a considerable amount  of attention in the standard-development meetings for the 2016 edition." To see how the technical committee addresses this topic, you can monitor the NFPA 13 document information page at


When the Technical Committee on Sprinkler Systems Installation Criteria  discussed this concept last September,  the discussion focused on situations when only the sprinkler itself was  removed from the system.

The new edition of the NFPA Glossary of Terms (GOT) has been published and is available for FREE online. Visit to download your copy.

The GOT is a list of the defined terms in all of NFPA's published codes, standards, guides and recommended practices. The 14,461 terms are listed alphabetically and assembled into a free PDF available on the NFPA website. The document is used in a number of ways. It helps NFPA Technical Committees who are looking to define new terms or compare existing terms. It also helps members of the public who are interested in learning about how NFPA documents define specific terms. The Glossary of Terms Advisory Committee helps regulate the number of unnecessary duplicate definitions to try and make the GOT easier to use. The GOT contains the following details about each term:

Term: The word being defined. 

Definition:The description of the term.

Document (Edition): Where the term and definition are found (document #) and the edition year of that document.

Document Defining Same Term: A list of all documents that also define the same term.

Document Using Same Definition: A list of all documents that also define the same term in the exact same way.

See the figure below for an example of how the GOT is organized. The term "Barrel" is defined in 4 documents- NFPA 1, 30, 59A, and 80.  NFPA 1 and NFPA 30 both define the term in the exact same way. The first 3 definitions refer to a unit of volume while the last  definition, from NFPA 80, refers to a rolling steel door component.To learn more about any of the documents defining a term, visit the NFPA Document Information pages- doc #). For example, NFPA 80 can be found at


The Rim Fire approaches the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, the source of water and power for San Francisco.

Made apparent by the recent Rim Fire in California, which threatened the water supply of 2.6 million people living 160 miles from the incident, wildfires have regional impacts.

A story in the latest edition of NFPA Journal provides some perspective on a concern extending beyond the designated wildland/urban interface (WUI). “The threats to water, power, and other infrastructure that could affect  a major urban center are perfect examples of why wildfire is everyone’s  concern,” says NFPA's Molly Mowery, program manager for Fire Adapted Communities and International Outreach. “It’s easy to think that only the people living in  the WUI are affected, but the reality is that the impact of these fires  is often regional. We need to take collective ownership of these kinds  of disasters, and that includes the work we do to prepare for them."

Read the full story in Journal's In A Flash section, which includes highlights from NFPA's new home fire sprinkler cost report and digital freebies developed for Fire Prevention Week.

ResearchThe September-October issue of Research Foundation News is available for viewing.  This issue features:

  • Cost of installing home fire sprinklers down from 2008
  • New report issued on emergency response to incidents involving electric vehicle battery hazards
  • New report issued on sprinkler protection for cloud ceilings
  • Foundation receives grant for research on cooking fire mitigation technologies
  • SupDet 2014 call for papers issued
  • 2014 global update to feature high challenge storage protection
  • New project begun on benchmarking impact of National Construction Safety Team investigations

The bi-monthly Research Foundation newsletter describes new projects, research planning developments, newly issued reports, upcoming symposia, and other activities of the Foundation.

Don't miss an issue! Sign up now.

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through the common roof assembly to additional occupancies in the

building, destroying the structure, which was valued at $1.25 million, and its contents, valued at $250,000.The building no sprinklers or fire detection equipment, and

there were no fire separations. Investigators determined that the fire started above the bathrooms

near the dining room, where a gas-fired hot water heater, fans,

electrical extension cords, a small gas-fired furnace, and an air

conditioning unit were located. However, they could not identify the

cause of the blaze. For more information on this fire and others, read &quot;Firewatch&quot; in the September/October issue of +NFPA Journal.+ And don&#39;t forget to take a look at &quot;Firewatch&quot; in the digital version of NFPA Journal.




Guest post by:&#0160; Scott Pugsley SET, FPT, FSTE Section Board Member, NFPA

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Scott Pugsley, FSTE Section Board Member, NFPA


Over the summer the NFPA Fire Science and Technology Educators (FSTE) Member Section held meetings in Chicago in conjunction with the NFPA Conference & Expo.&#0160; Throughout this meeting several important topics were discussed along with the planning for our Sections continued growth.&#0160; Having been involved with many different fire/life safety-related groups and associations over time, membership feedback and development often comes to the forefront.&#0160; It is for this reason that I am glad to be able to volunteer within the Executive Board to assist in addressing ways that we can create more value for our FSTE members.&#0160; Part of this effort is to focus our resources and share our collective experiences within the theater of higher learning.

During a recent faculty welcome back session at my College, Seneca College , our discussions included sharing some best practices and success stories for teaching within the &quot;Net&quot; generation; or what I call more frequently, the &quot;google-based&quot; generation.&#0160;

Several good articles existed regarding the subject overall.&#0160; Subject matter continues to be primary and should not be restricted to a 140- character limit to suit Twitter.&#0160; I would be interested in discussing how many of us handle Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) within a fire-based program/course.

Our FSTE Section blog on this topic may just be one simple example of how to integrate and share teaching material and educational methods.


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 &amp; Expo.

    1. +Send your resume 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.&#0160; 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.+

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Danny McDaniel
Home to nearly 67,000 American and British antiques and works of art, Colonial Williamsburg has prioritized the preservation of its historical treasures; nearly 50 buildings within the site's 300-acre Historic Area, for example, are protected by sprinkler systems.

When it was discovered that some of the building's dry-pipe sprinkler systems were corroding and subsequently leaking, a Colonial Williamsburg employee unveiled a similar problem at other cultural institutions around the world, and turned to an NFPA code for help. NFPA Journal recently chatted with Danny McDaniel, Colonial Williamsburg's director of security, safety, and transportation about new provisions in NFPA 909, Protection of Cultural Resource Properties--Museums, Libraries, and Places of Worship, that address the corrosion issue.

"We added language to the body of the code that includes protocols for  dealing with corrosion if your water supply or your environmental  conditions indicate that you’ll have an abnormal corrosion problem in a  dry- or wet-pipe system," says McDaniel, an alternate member of NFPA's Technical Committee on Cultural Resources and a member of NFPA’s Standards Council. "As a requirement, if you’re going to put in a  wet-pipe or preaction system, you have to assume you have those  conditions and you need a plan to address them."

Read the latest edition of NFPA Journal for more insight from McDaniel.

http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nfpa.orgModitechNFPA and Moditech Rescue Solutions B.V. have teamed up to support the safety of emergency responders and rescue workers in the European Union (EU) and United States by providing access to the latest safety resources and training on electric and hybrid vehicles.

Millions of vehicles worldwide are powered by technology involving alternative fuels. Rescue workers face the challenge of staying current on the latest information to help them stay safe when responding to incidents involving electric and hybrid vehicles. Through this joint effort, Moditech will become the central provider of knowledge to support rescue workers in the EU by distributing information, online training and research developed by NFPA and its Electrical Vehicle Safety Training Program.

Materials offer guidance specific to electrified vehicles such as identifying the vehicle and power source, the immobilization process, electrical power-down procedures; extrication awareness including high strength steel; recommended practices for vehicle fires and emergency operations, including battery fires and submersion; challenges related to vehicle charging stations and infrastructure.

Read more about the different materials NFPA now offers, as well as those that they will develop along with Moditech


Video: NFPA’s Ken Willette, division manager of Public Fire Protection, talks about the Emergency Field Guide. (Watch this video on You Tube:

The Fire Protection Research Foundation is now accepting papers for its annual Fire Suppression, Detection and Signaling Research and Applications Conference, SupDet 2014, scheduled for March 4 -7, 2014 in Orlando, Florida. 

The conference will address the latest developments in research, technology, and applications for the fire protection community. This year, the event is co-locating with the International Crisis and Risk Communication Conference (ICRC Conference), which is hosted by the Nicholson School of Communication at the University of Central Florida (UCF) and being held March 3-5.

Industry professionals, researchers and academics are encouraged to submit papers focusing on new developments in the following areas:

Detection and Signaling:

  • Multiple Sensor-Based Fire Detection
  • Smoke Characterization
  • Human Response and Emergency Communications
  • Wayfinding and Signaling
  • Wildfire Applications
  • Computer Modeling of Detection Applications


  • Advancements in Protection of High Hazard Commodities
  • Environmental Regulation and Suppression Technologies
  • Performance of New Technologies and Systems
  • Computer Modeling of Suppression Applications
  • Wildfire Applications

All abstracts must be received by e-mail ( no later than October 15, 2013. A special edition of NFPA’s peer reviewed journal Fire Technology will publish selected papers from the conference. Visit the Foundation website at for submission details and event updates.

<input type="hidden" name="zemanta-related" /><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;">Based on the success of the first seminar in Paris last year, the Fire Protection Research Foundation and NFPA will present the seminar with new developments in London, England on May 22<sup>nd</sup>, 2014, once again in conjunction with Euro Sprinkler conference at the Tower Bridge Hotel. Sessions will cover emerging storage hazards, and new storage configurations and protection challenges.</span>


<span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;">Program and registration will be available shortly on the Foundation website .</span>


Home Fire Sprinkler Cost Assessment - 2013
Newport Partners, September 2013This report updates the report, Home Fire Sprinkler Cost Assessment (Fire Protection Research Foundation 2008). The primary purpose of this study is to review current home fire sprinkler system costs against the 2008 benchmark study to gain a better understanding of how increasingly widespread adoption of sprinkler ordinances impacts system cost. Using a larger sample size, the current study attempts to gain a better understanding of the impact of sprinkler ordinances on home fire sprinkler system cost and other factors that affect system cost. The current study examines 51 homes in 17 communities; the 2008 study examined 30 homes in 10 communities. In the 2013 update, the average cost per sprinklered square foot was $1.35. In the 2008 report, the average cost per sprinklered square foot was $1.61. 

Antony WoodAntony Wood, the Executive Director of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) will be leading a panel discussion at the upcoming Fire Safety Design and Sustainable Buildings Symposium on November 7-8th. 

Antony and the panelists will discuss the question: What are your major challenges related to the intersection of fire and sustainability in your day to day practice? Panelists include;

  • Peter Weismantle, Director of Supertall Building Technology, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
  • David Scott, Laing O’Rourke
  • James Antell, Rolf Jensen and Associates (RJA)
  • Mehdi Jalayerian, Executive Vice President, Environmental Systems Design (ESD)

Antony Wood has been Executive Director of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat since 2006, responsible for the day-to-day running of the Council and steering in conjunction with the Board of Trustees. His tenure has seen a revitalization of the CTBUH and an increase in output across all areas.

Based at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Antony is also an Associate Professor in the College of Architecture at IIT, where he convenes various tall building design studios. A UK architect by training, his field of specialism is the design, and in particular the sustainable design, of tall buildings. Prior to becoming an academic, Antony worked as an architect in practice in Hong Kong, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta and London.

He is the author of numerous book and papers in the field of tall buildings, sustainability and related areas, including the 2008 title “Tall & Green: Typology for a Sustainable Urban Future”. His PhD explored the multi-disciplinary aspects of skybridge connections between tall buildings. He is associate editor of the CTBUH Journal and serves on the editorial board of the John Wiley & Sons Journal: ‘The Structural Design of Tall and Special Buildings’. He is also co-chair of the CTBUH Tall Buildings and Sustainability working group. He is currently engaged in numerous books, including: ‘The Tall Buildings Reference Book’ with Routledge; ‘The CTBUH Guide to Natural Ventilation in High Rise Office Buildings’ also with Routledge;  and ‘New Paradigms in High Rise Design’.

Learn more about the symposium and register today! 

Parents' ChoiceParents’ Choice Foundation, the nation’s oldest nonprofit consumer guide to quality children’s media, has chosen the Sparky the Fire Dog® website as a 2013 Parents’ Choice Award winner!

Parents’ Choice serves as a trusted and independent source for educators and librarians, journalists and families searching for quality children’s media and toys. During the lengthy screening process, was evaluated for product design and function, educational value, long-term play value, and the benefits to a child’s social and emotional growth and well-being.

Award winners become part of a select group. Fewer than 20 percent of the products submitted to the awards program receive any level of commendation. 

The official Sparky the Fire Dog® website allows kids to explore and learn about fire safety in a safe and interactive environment. The popular ad-free site features sections for children of all ages, even providing voice-overs for younger children who cannot read yet. The diverse activities range from a fire truck section, cartoons, family activities, seasonal Sparky e-cards for kids to send to friends and family, and parent and educator information.

Shannon(2)In August, NFPA, ASTM International, and ASHRAE  filed a lawsuit in federal court to stop  Public.Resource.Org from infringing on our copyrights and  trademarks, says NFPA President Jim Shannon in "Protecting the Process" in the latest issue of NFPA Journal. Public Resource has been copying and uploading our  copyrighted standards without permission, making them available  without restriction on the Internet.

For the last century, many of the standards developed  to protect the public have come from non-profit organizations such as NFPA,  ASTM, and ASHRAE, which depend on revenues from their sale to cover the cost of developing those standards. By disregarding copyrights on standards, Public Resource threatens  not just the long-term solvency of these organizations  but an entire system designed to protect public health and safety.

We are  not eager to spend our resources on litigation, says Shannon, but  we must protect a process that  has been a driving force for safety for over a century. We will take whatever steps are necessary to make sure NFPA can continue  to do its good work, not just over the next few years, but through the  next century.

Fire breakThe September issue of NFPA’s wildland fire newsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, you’ll:

  • Find a wildfire safety checklist from the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County, CA as part of the state’s “One Less Spark – One Less Wildfire” campaign.  
  • Get a link to Molly Mowery’s latest Wildfire Watch column where she talks about her recent trip to Russia for the 4thInternational Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference.
  • Learn about the recently developed Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network that brings national leaders and practitioners together to discuss wildfire best practices.
  • Meet the FAC Ambassadors who have traveled across the country to meet with a wide range of stakeholders to discuss how FAC tools and resources can help communities reduce their fire risk. 

… 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.

During the September 2013 meeting of the Urban Fire Forum at NFPA headquarters in Quincy, MA, fire chiefs from around the world endorsed an important document on active shooter and mass casualty terrorist events.

"The emerging threat of terrorism and asymmetric warfare, specifically small unit “active shooter” and improvised explosive device (IED) attacks, is a concern for the fire service. An attack by radicals armed with weapons in public areas, such as schools, shopping malls, churches or any other locations where people congregate is a real threat to a sense of security and daily lives."

Download the position paper as well as free resources, courtesy of Chief Jim Schwartz of Arlington County, VA, to help a community's fire service prepare for an active shooter or mass casualty terrorist event.

The Urban Fire Forum brings together the fire chiefs who are responsible for protecting some of the largest urban centers in the world.

Local fire departments must work with police and emergency medical services in responding to events that include an armed gunman, whether the threat is known, as it was in the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting or unknown, as in the ambush in Webster, New York, in which two firefighters were killed.

In their recent article “ Strength in Numbers,” Russ Sanders and Ben Klaene report on an April meeting at which more than 40 leaders from the fire service, law enforcement, emergency medical services, and government agencies discussed ways to better integrate, coordinate, and improve responses to mass-casualty shootings.

NFPA's Robert Solomon talks about "lockdowns" and how explains how procedures and protocols prescribed by NFPA's codes and standards need examination with regards to active shooter and other hazardous events. 


From the NFPA Journal archives

by Steve Corich
NFPA Journal, September/October 2008

Recent college shootings have driven home a number of lessons for law enforcement officials. One of those is the importance of rapidly notifying students and employees of emergencies so that life-saving action can begin immediately. Officials at Virginia Tech were criticized for waiting too long to notify the campus population of events unfolding during last year’s campus shooting, and nearly every college in the United States has examined or is examining its ability to notify students and employees of danger.
Some state legislatures have recently passed laws requiring their schools and universities to implement reliable and comprehensive mass notification systems (MNS). The Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 requires that all postsecondary institutions make “timely warnings to the campus community about crimes that pose an ongoing threat to students and employees.” Above and beyond state or federal legislation, we in public safety have a moral and ethical obligation to provide the safest possible environment for our students and employees.
Mesa Community College (MCC) in Arizona recently experienced two all-campus lockdowns as a result of threats by nonstudent intruders involving firearms. Sworn MCC Public Safety officers safely and successfully dealt with the threats with assistance from the City of Mesa Police Department.

Read the full NFPA Journal article on campus mass notification.

The new issue of NFPA Journal looks at the fire service role in preparing for and responding to mass-casualty shootings. The article, by Russ Sanders and Ben Klaene, talks about a recent meeting in Virginia that brought together fire service, law enforcement, emergency medical services, and government agencies to discuss a unified approach to these events. Some of the issues discussed:

  • raising awareness of the differences in response protocols
  • integrating planning and training efforts
  • practical exercises across disciplines
  • using the National Incident Management System/Incident Command System (NIMS/ICS) as the platform for all state and local incident response efforts
  • increasing communication interoperability to ensure an integrated response
  • understanding the value of aggressively responding to active shooter incidents
  • making sure all first responders have the best equipment available

Robert Solomon, who heads up NFPA's Building Fire Protection division, talks about an NFPA effort to be most inclusive when developing codes and standards that deal with mass casualty events, like the shootings in Washington, DC, on September 16, and recent school shootings.


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Do you want to make a difference? We have an ideal opportunity for a Librarian who will manage our Charles S. Morgan Library and NFPA's information resources. This person will also provide vision and direction for the center, blending traditional library and research practices with innovation. He/she will research fire-related topics for internal and external access; expand collections and usage; oversee the corporate records management program and the archives of the history of the National Fire Protection Association.

Job requirements and principal responsibilites can be found by visiting our careers website

Apply now or send to a friend who you think would be a good fit!

Stephen PyneStephen Pyne, one of the world's leading experts on the environmental history of fire, offered his opinions on the U.S. approach to wildfire in a recent Op-Ed in The Washington Post. His stance is a response to some of this year's biggest fires, including the Black Forest Fire in Colorado and California's Fire, and the ever-present challenges of living in the wildland/urban interface.

"Today, the issue is no longer just ill-sited McMansions but a giant retrofit for 30 years of irrationally exuberant sprawl," states Pyne. "The National Association of State Foresters estimates that more than 72,000 communities are at risk and only 20 percent have a plan for protection.

"We know how to keep houses from burning. And we should know that if we build houses in the fire equivalent of a flood plain or a barrier island, the primary responsibility for protecting them is ours."

Learn how to fire-adapt your community, and read more about Pyne in an interview NFPA Journal conducted with him on America's complex relationship with fire.

FCD68B7F723B4BB7B44D0A4F6816DF63In 2012, U.S. firefighters responded  to an estimated 1.375 million fires, 17 of which were categorized as  multiple-death fires, defined here as fires or explosions in homes or  apartments that result in five or more fire-related deaths, or as fires  or explosions in all other structures and outside of structures, such as  wildfires and vehicle fires, that claim three or more lives. These 17 fires killed 82 people, 16 of whom were children under age  six. By comparison, there were  24 catastrophic multiple-death fires in 2011, resulting in the deaths  of 117 people, 16 of whom were children under age six.

For more information, read Stephen Badger's article "Catastrophic Multiple-Death Fires in 2012" in the September/October issue of NFPA Journal. You can also download the full report.

http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nfpa.orgFEMANFPA received the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program – Fire Prevention and Safety Grant (AFG) to support "A School Year of Fire Safety," a project to educate children on fire safety and "Firefighter Training for Electric, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Fleets, Trucks & Buses," a project to educate firefighters on how to respond to incidents involving these vehicles. NFPA will receive $990,000.

"A School Year of Fire Safety," a project led by NFPA’s Public Education Division, will create materials to reach preschool through grade three students. New activities will teach important smoke alarm and home escape planning messages. Materials will be available on throughout the 2013-2014 school year and beyond. This educational hub will include a number of key assets including standards-based lesson plans developed by curriculum experts. Curriculum rich music and movement videos will be created to support the lesson plans.

The NFPA Electric Vehicle Safety Training is a nationwide program designed to give emergency response training to firefighters and other first responders in order to prepare for the widespread implementation of electric, hybrid and fuel cell fleet vehicles, trucks and buses on the road in the United States. This training is crucial in preventing potential fatalities and serious injuries on-scene to both responders and victims. The coursework involved with this training is the next step of advanced electric vehicle safety for the fire service and will provide the necessary resources, tasks, and milestones to develop and offer a quality training experience.

Visit NFPA’s website for more information on Electric Vehicle Safety Training or public education.

In honor or Fire Prevention Week this year, NFPA will be hosting a series of four contests, one per month, from now through December. The September contest has just kicked off and will be open for entries for two weeks, through September 28th. At the end of each month's contest, one lucky randomly selected winner from all those who participated, will be chosen to win an Apple® iPad mini®.

For your chance to win September's iPad Mini, we're asking that you view the first of our new FPW music videos - found at and review the accompanying activity sheet. Then, answer the short quiz we've developed underscoring the key takeaways of the video and activity sheet, before midnight on September 28th.

Good luck to everyone! Also, be sure to check back in October for the second contest in our series. 

Week 1

(A research project sponsored by the FPRF, NFPA’s research affiliate)

SurveyHelp us help today’s fire service!  Unwanted fires are volatile and increasingly dangerous, and personal protective equipment (PPE) used by fire fighters is critical for their safety.  But when is gear dirty and when is it contaminated? 

Replacing firefighter gear too infrequently may influence contamination risks such as presumptive cancer, and replacing it too frequently incurs significant expense.  We need your help by collecting critical background information to guide standards revisions and to support future research needed to fully clarify and resolve this issue.   This on-line survey is part of a research project by the Fire Protection Research Foundation and involves approximately 30 brief questions and takes about 5 minutes.  Go to and help us help the fire service address this issue. 

The results of this study will help emergency responders avoid adverse exposure from dirty gear and clarify gear replacement policies. A final summary report is scheduled for completion in December 2013 and will be available through the Foundation’s website.

We appreciate you taking the time to send us your department’s information on this important subject.


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Just how potentially dangerous are the generously stuffed couches and sofas in your home? Consider this: New, statistical analysis from NFPA indicates that upholstered furniture, as either the first item ignited or the principal item contributing to fire spread, played a part in nearly a quarter of all deaths in home structure fires from 2006 to 2010.


Researched for decades, this problem is getting new attention from NFPA and others. NFPA Journal reports in its latest issue that the Consumer Product Safety Commission has sought input for a furniture flammability standard as California seeks to update its widely used testing standard. NFPA has prioritized furniture flammability by recently releasing a white paper on this issue and green-lighting public comment on a possible test method that evaluates fire resistance of upholstered furniture subjected to a flaming ignition source. (This new test method would ideally complement NFPA 260, +Standard Methods of Tests and Classification System for Cigarette Ignition Resistance of Components of Upholstered Furniture,+ and NFPA 261, +Standard Method of Test for Determining Resistance of Mock-Up Upholstered Furniture Material Assemblies to Ignition by Smoldering Cigarettes.+


&quot;We&#39;ve dealt with other aspects of home fires and fire deaths, from home fire sprinklers to the use of smoke alarms, and it&#39;s time to take another look at furniture,&quot; Philip Stittleburg, chair of NFPA&#39;s Board of Directors, tells NFPA Journal. &quot;It&#39;s a problem we&#39;ve been working on for many years, and we need to figure out our next logical step.&quot;


Read the rest in the September/October issue of +Journal,+ and watch the video of NFPA&#39;s John Hall highlighting data in NFPA&#39;s white paper on furniture flammability:

Wildland Fire Safety Tip SheetEvery year, wildfires burn across the U.S., and more and more people are living where wildfires are a real risk. But by working together, residents can make their own property —  and their neighborhood — much safer from wildfire.

To help residents get started, NFPA has just developed this new wildland fire safety tip sheet. The free, downloadable tip sheet provides easy to accomplish action steps for around your home, including; 

  • CLEAR leaves and other debris from gutters, eaves, porches and decks. This prevents embers from igniting your home.
  • REMOVE dead vegetation and other items from under your deck or porch, and within 10 feet of the house.
  • SCREEN or box-in areas below patios and decks with wire mesh to prevent debris and combustible materials from accumulating.
  • REMOVE flammable materials (firewood stacks, propane tanks) within 30 feet of your home’s foundation and outbuildings, including garages and sheds. If it can catch fire,

For the full list of action steps and other safety information, download the new wildland fire safety tip sheet!

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The good news is that the civilian fire death toll in 2012 was the lowest since NFPA began its survey in 1977.  The bad news is that fire still kills an average of eight people every day.


Today’s fire departments do much more than fight fires. &#0160;The full 2012 +Fire Loss+ report shows that two-thirds of fire department were EMS or rescue-type calls.&#0160; Four percent were to actual fires and seven percent were false alarms.&#0160; The report also shows how these percentages vary by community size.

What’s the story in your community?


The Fire Protection Research Foundation has been invited by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to provide an independent evaluation of the impact of recommendations stemming from the NIST National Construction Safety Team Investigations. A general protocal for conducting such evaluations cannot be created from scratch and still be detailed enough and validated enough to be useful for NIST's purposes. Therefore the Foundation and NFPA have proposed to conduct an evaluation of the impact of recommendations from the NCST report on a single incident, the Station Nighclub fire of 20 Feb. 2003.

Read the full project summary.

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Detroit Fire Department kicked-off the 2012 FPW Domino's program


NFPA teams up with organizations and fire departments across the country regularly to expand the reach of fire safety information, but the biggest push by far happens each October around Fire Prevention Week . FPW, as it is referred to by many, is a time when the fire service and communities rally around fire prevention and safety. NFPA has been involved in this effort for more than 90 years as the week’s official sponsor.&#0160; FPW will take place October 6-12 this year and NFPA is once again working with a variety of groups to help spread important fire safety information. &#0160;&#0160;


Marking its sixth year of collaboration on what has been a very successful Fire Prevention Week public awareness program, NFPA and Domino’s are teaming up with fire departments to deliver fire safety to Domino’s customers… with pizza!&#0160; During Fire Prevention Week and throughout the month of October, in addition to fire safety tips being delivered on the top of pizza boxes, participating Domino&#39;s stores will partner with their local fire departments to reward customers who have working smoke alarms. The fire department will deliver select orders from the store aboard a fire truck and check smoke alarms at the home. If the smoke alarms are working, the pizza is free!&#0160;


The Home Depot encourages learning in their communities by hosting Saturday workshops year round, and in October they include a focus on fire safety. In collaboration with Kidde, local fire departments, and others, stores host community events that feature information and activities geared toward fire safety. &#0160;Last year, NFPA teamed up with The Home Depot and Kidde on Fire Prevention Week events and as part of a larger program, The Home Depot ran a sales contest for store associates where the reward to top selling stores was the ability to donate smoke alarms to their local fire department.&#0160;


If you are a member of a fire department and are interested in learning more about how to participate in one of these fire safety initiatives or others in your community, please email today.&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;


- by NFPA&#39;s Eileen Scafidi </p>

In recognition of today's anniversary, we wanted to share this excerpt from the report provided to the NFPA Board of Directors at their meeting in November, 2001, clarifying how the NFPA family was directly affected at that time by the events of September 11, 2001. 

September 11Apart from the normal processing activities, the Council also wishes to advise the Board of Directors as to how the tragic terrorist events of 11 September 2001 directly impacted the NFPA codes and standards writing process. Indirectly, we have all been impacted, and NFPA Technical Committees are no different, especially in terms of travel and other handicaps that we must all now live with. But the NFPA Technical Committee family has indeed been directly affected by the events of 11 September, and NFPA Codes and Standards Administration is continually updating this information as recovery efforts proceed.

First, it appears at this time that no NFPA Technical Committee members lost their lives as a result of being onboard any of the four aircraft that had crashed. With respect to the crash into the Pentagon, NFPA Technical Committees have an appreciable number of participants from the Department of Defense, and fortunately, we have not received any information of any of these individuals being lost at the Pentagon. NFPA Technical Committee members were involved with the response to the Pentagon, but as is somewhat well-known, no fatalities occurred among the emergency responders at that site.

We have not been as fortunate with the disaster at the World Trade Center. To start with, we have 6 active Technical Committee members whose offices were in the World Trade Towers, and 12 active Technical Committee members with the New York City Fire Department. Further, we have other active Technical Committee members who were at “ground zero” on 11 September, but are more difficult to track because their NFPA Technical Committee representation does not imply that they may have been on scene.

At this time, we appear to have directly lost the following three active Technical Committee members:

  • Chief John Fanning, FDNY, TC on Haz Mat Response Personnel, & TC on Haz Mat Prot Clothing & Equip
  • Salvatore Gitto, Marsh USA, Inc., TC on General Storage
  • George Howard, Nassau County Fire Academy, TC on Technical Rescue (NYNJ Port Authority Police)

Several points of information are worth highlighting. Be advised that it was George Howard’s badge (TC on Technical Rescue) that was held aloft by President Bush during the speech to Congress immediately following the event. Also, we have been informed of at least one individual who could have been at the World Trade Center that day, but was traveling on NFPA Technical Committee related business and thus spared. Finally, of the various Technical Committees that cancelled or postponed meetings due to travel difficulties immediately after the event, the TC on Technical Rescue cancelled their meeting because a significant number of committee members were unavailable due to their response to each site with their respective FEMA Urban Search and Rescue teams.

In addition, we also have Technical Committee members who have lost an immediate family member, but this has been quite difficult to track. Perhaps most noteworthy in this regard for the NFPA Board of Directors is Chris Cappers of Marsh USA, the son of recent former Board member Murray Cappers, who we regret to report is listed as “missing”.

-Casey Grant

Russian wildfireRussia, like the U.S., is susceptible to a range of wildfire threats. And where there are threats, there will always be solutions to lessen these catastrophic risks. 

Underscoring these solutions was NFPA Journal columnist Molly Mowery, who recently attended the International Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference in Russia. As Mowery highlights in the September/October issue of Journal, the trip was an attempt to engage in international outreach on the wildfire front. Alongside an international programs specialist for the U.S. Forest Service, Mowery met with state government officials, firefighting agencies, and nongovernmental organizations to promote community-based fire management in Russia. 

"Drawing on our experiences with Canadian and South African colleagues, we highlighted the areas in Russia that have shown great interest or potential in adopting a Firewise Communities model," says Mowery. "Although the context is very different, the concept of engaging residents in helping reduce wildfire risk is one that can be embraced universally."

Read the rest in the latest issue of Journal.

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NFPA’s Fire Analysis and Research division publishes reports on causes and circumstances of fires that were reported to local fire departments.&#0160; To make it easier to find that one piece of information you need, follow the bookmarks to specific sections or links to specific tables or figures.&#0160;&#0160; Why not give it a try&#0160;with our recently release report on office structure fires.&#0160;

TIP:   Hit the “alt key” and the "back arrow key" at the same time to get back to your starting point.


If you’re just looking for major findings, check out our printable fact sheets with highlights from the reports. Feel free to quote directly from these pages or use them as hand-outs.&#0160; We just ask you that you reference NFPA as the source.

We’d like to hear what you use these reports for and what other issues we should consider exploring. Please let us know.  


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The public edcuation division has some exciting news. We are happy to announce the launch of our first children's app and eBook! The fire-safety storybook app, Sparky's Birthday Surprise, and our new eBook, Rescue Dogs, Firefighting Heroes, and Science Facts are both free.

Through real-life stories and interactive games, kids can learn important fire-safety messages to keep their families safe. Our mobile app, for grades Prek-2, is packed with animation and games, while our eBook, for grades 3-5, mixes fire-safety messaging with fascinating stories of courage, quick-witted kids, science facts, and more.

Over the last 6 months, we worked with a great team at We are Teachers and Cupcake Digital to create these books. NFPA's staff also played a big part in the project. From our curriculum experts in the public education division, engineers and members of our fire protection team, the stories and facts were thoroughly reviewed by NFPA's technical experts.

Created for teachers and firefighters to use in the classroom, the eBook reinforces fire-safety messages with students while building critical skills in reading comprehension, fluency, vocabulary, and more. It aligns to Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science through a combination of nonfiction, fictional stories, scientific diagrams, and poetry. The storybook app is aligned to Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Math.

As an added bonus and to expand on lessons taught in the books, our new web site, features interactive whiteboard lessons on fire safety, addressing phonics, math, and reading comprehension. The website also includes a teacher/parent guide with discussion questions and additional activities, all aligned to Common Core standards.

The e-book is available on all major platforms, including iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and Barnes & Noble. The app, created by Cupcake Digital, will be available on Google Play, iTunes, Amazon and Barnes & Nobles.


- by NFPA's Amy LeBeau </p>

NFPA remembers 9/11Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, NFPA launched a widespread effort to strengthen codes and standards for first responder safety, the built environment, emergency preparedness, and more. 

"9/11 will always be considered one of the worst days in American history, and it will also certainly be one of the most important days in the history of NFPA because of our long, forceful advocacy of preparedness, further safeguards to the built environment, and support for emergency responders that followed the attacks," says NFPA President James Shannon. "NFPA has been a very important part of the country’s effort to do everything we can to prepare, in case anything like 9/11 ever happens again."


NFPA President James M. Shannon recounts how the attacks of September 11th changed the National Fire Protection Association.Watch this video on YouTube.

Take a look back at a story we ran in NFPA Journal two years ago, in which staff writer Fred Durso investigated how changes since 9/11 have made America safer.

A  Call for Papers has been issued for the Fire Suppression, Detection and Signaling Research and Applications Symposium (SupDet 2014), to be held March 4-7, 2014 in Orlando, Florida. SupDet 2014 will address the latest developments in research, technology, and applications for the fire protection community. The symposium will be co-located with the International Crisis and Risk Communiciations Conference (ICRC Conference) hosted by the University of Central Florida and being held March 3-5.

Interested presenters are asked to submit a one page abstract by e-mail no later than October 15, 2013 to

Fire investigatorsOnce the damage is done, their job can begin.

A fire investigator is a modern-day Sherlock Holmes who sniffs for clues at a fire scene and, with the help of science, determines the probable cause. In the "Daily News" section of its site, National Geographic recently questioned investigators about their duties and NFPA's role in this field. 

For instance, Richard Meier, a fire investigator in Florida and staff member with the National Association of Fire Investigators, highlighted the industry's use of NFPA 921, Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations. The 2014 edition of the guide is slated for a January release. 

Among the number of updates to the guide, "there will be a new chapter on fire protection systems which will discuss the different systems used in buildings, such as fire alarm systems and fire sprinkler systems, and how they can be evaluated by the fire investigator following a fire," says Orlando Hernandez, NFPA's staff liaison for NFPA 921.

Read the rest of the National Geographic story, and review the list of NFPA's own investigation reports on specific incidents.

In the wake of the Yarnell Hill fire in which 19 wildland firefighters perished, much has been written about the loss of these men and the impact on their families, their community, and their fellow firefighters. What many didn't realize about the Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew was their significant contributions to community safety through mitigation and creating defensible space near homes.

A recent article in Prescott's Daily Courier illuminates the valuable work that members of the crew performed over several years in collaboration with the Prescott Area WUI Commission and with residents in nearly two dozen neighborhoods at risk from wildfire. As we've written in this space before, the longstanding work of a multitude of local, state and federal agencies along with property owners has made a real difference in the overall risk potential of homes and business in Prescott. It is only with the loss of the city's wildland fire crew that the story of their role in making Prescott safer year-round has been told in detail.

As the city continues to ponder its next steps in recovering from this loss, the message captured in the article and repeated again and again by local and national leaders is that firefighters alone cannot solve the wildfire problem. Fireprone communities throughout the US must continue to pursue ongoing safety measures, use Firewise principles, and become fire adapted. 

- by NFPA's Michele Steinberg

Home sprinklerThe Fire Protection Research Foundation (FPRF) has just released its Home Fire Sprinkler Cost Assessment – 5 Year Update. This latest report reveals that the national average cost per sprinklered square foot has decreased to $1.35, down from the $1.61 average in 2008.

In 2008 Newport Partners conducted a study for the FPRF to provide a national perspective on the cost of home fire sprinklers by developing data on system costs as well as cost savings for ten communities, distributed throughout the United States. At that time sprinklers were mandated in some communities, but not others. And, although sprinklers were becoming more common in one- and two-family dwellings, adoption was not widespread.

Sprinkler system application in homes has steadily increased in recent years, driven in large part by building codes, outreach, and education. Two states - California and Maryland - have sprinkler requirements in place for all new one- and two-family dwellings with numerous others in the process of partial or full adoption of the provision.

The goal of the project is to review the current costs of home fire sprinkler systems against the 2008 benchmark study to better understand the relationship between adoptions, various elements of cost (installation, materials) and total costs, how efficiency in design or installation may be introduced, and other innovations.

Read the report

- by NFPA's Maria Figueroa

September is National Preparedness Month. NFPA has everything you need to prepare for every type of disaster. Our Get Ready Kitincludes a ready-to-use presentation to teach residents the importance of disaster preparedness. We also include safety tips before, during and after a disaster. Disasters included in the kit are blackouts, earthquakes, extreme heat, floods, hazardous materials, home fires, hurricanes, landslides, national security, nuclear incidents, thunderstorms, tornadoes, and winter storms. Special information is also includes for topics such as disaster relief aid, people with disabilities, pets and the components of an emergency supplies kit.

What would you do if a tornado was approaching? NFPA wants you to get ready and be prepared.

- by NFPA's Judy Comoletti

On September 3, NBC Philadelphia published an online news report regarding an 11-alarm fire at a Dietz & Watson storage plant in Delanco, NJ. It took more than 24 hours for the blaze to be brought under control.

According to the report, “More than 200 firefighters from Burlington, Mercer, Gloucester, Camden and Atlantic Counties were brought to the distribution center which is about 300,000 square feet -- roughly the size of five football fields.” At times, many were pulled back from the fire for fear of electrocution caused by the building’s fully-charged solar panels.

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The article cited information from the report “Fire Fighter Safety and Emergency Response for Solar Power Systems,” a publication of the Fire Protection Research Foundation, an affiliate of NFPA. The report noted that buildings with solar power systems “can present a variety of significant hazards" for firefighters including poor air quality and electrocution.

Also see: UL report: "Firefighter Safety and Photovoltaic Systems"

A follow-up piece by NBC Philadelphia, "Solar Panels Growing Hazard for Firefighters" addressed additional safety issues raised from the Dietz & Watson fire and highlighted Ken Willette from NFPA.   Within the article, Willette noted that “electrocution is one of the hazards firefighters are increasingly facing fighting blazes at structures where solar panels are deployed.”

Last call! The Call for Presentations for NFPA's 2014 NFPA Conference & Expo in Las Vegas is now open, but our deadline is Monday, September 16. It's easy to submit your ideas online.

This short video highlights the perks that speakers receive by participating in the Conference program. The Conference & Expo will be held June 9-12, 2014 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.


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Fire is a natural part of our environment. As we choose to live in areas where wildfires occur, we must adapt the way we design, build and live within these areas to prepare our communities for wildfire. A fire adapted community understands its risks and takes actions that minimize harm to residents, homes, businesses, parks, and other community assets. This Infographic is an excellent visual tool to learn what it takes to make your community fire adapted. Know your role, know your region, protect what matters, and find out more with this Fire Adapted Communities® Infographic.

  • Download the infographic.
  • Request a printed version of the Infographic (10 per order).

- by NFPA's Aron Anderson


The NFPA technical committee responsible for NFPA 408, Standard for Aircraft Hand Portable Fire Extinguishers , is seeking public input on the next edition of the


This standard specifies requirements for the type, capacity,
rating, number, location, installation, and maintenance of aircraft hand
portable fire extinguishers for the use of flight crew members or other
occupants of an aircraft, as well as requirements for training flight crew
members in the use of these extinguishers.

With NFPA's newly revamped standards development process, it
is easy to get involved in all of the steps of the revision process of our
standards. Not only is our new process easy to get involved but it is also as
transparent as it could possibly be and easy to follow all of the steps of the
revision process.

[We want to hear your comments on NFPA 408. |]. You will have to log in, if you have an account, or create an
account. *You have until November 15, 2013 to submit public input on this


Should you have any questions or

need any assistance please don&#39;t hesitate to contact Andrew Holter .</span></p>

- by NFPA&#39;s Ken Holland

Detroit Fire Department kicked-off the 2012 FPW Domino's program

NFPA teams up with organizations and fire departments across the country regularly to expand the reach of fire safety information, but the biggest push by far happens each October around Fire Prevention Week. FPW, as it is referred to by many, is a time when the fire service and communities rally around fire prevention and safety. NFPA has been involved in this effort for more than 90 years as the week’s official sponsor.  FPW will take place October 6-12 this year and NFPA is once again working with a variety of groups to help spread important fire safety information.   

Marking its sixth year of collaboration on what has been a very successful Fire Prevention Week public awareness program, NFPA and Domino’s are teaming up with fire departments to deliver fire safety to Domino’s customers… with pizza!  During Fire Prevention Week and throughout the month of October, in addition to fire safety tips being delivered on the top of pizza boxes, participating Domino's stores will partner with their local fire departments to reward customers who have working smoke alarms. The fire department will deliver select orders from the store aboard a fire truck and check smoke alarms at the home. If the smoke alarms are working, the pizza is free! 

The Home Depot encourages learning in their communities by hosting Saturday workshops year round, and in October they include a focus on fire safety. In collaboration with Kidde, local fire departments, and others, stores host community events that feature information and activities geared toward fire safety.  Last year, NFPA teamed up with The Home Depot and Kidde on Fire Prevention Week events and as part of a larger program, The Home Depot ran a sales contest for store associates where the reward to top selling stores was the ability to donate smoke alarms to their local fire department. 

If you are a member of a fire department and are interested in learning more about how to participate in one of these fire safety initiatives or others in your community, please email today.     

Shayne Mintz has joined our staff as regional director for Canada, so we want to send out a warm welcome to him!

Mintz brings over 35 years of experience in the fire service to the position. He has worked in many aspects of fire and life safety in the field, spending 17 years as a firefighter, rescue technician, and captain before serving in emergency planning and as fire chief for cities in southern Ontario. Most recently, he held the position of assistant deputy fire marshal in charge of Fire Protection Services for the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal.


Prior to his work in the field, Mintz received both a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Public Administration Degree from the University of Western Ontario. He later earned Master’s Certificates in Operational Risk Management and Public Administration from York University in Toronto as well as a diploma in fire protection technology from the Ontario Fire College.

In his new role, Mintz will focus on improving fire, building, and life safety in Canada by working with provincial and local authorities, to promote NFPA services and the adoption of NFPA codes and standards while supporting research and education and participating in events related to fire safety in his region.

For more on Mintz’s transition to NFPA, check out the official news release.

Please join us in sending your congratulations and warm welcomes to Shane below in the comments. 

The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) and the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Fire Sprinkler Initiative awarded Deputy Fire Chief Kyle Minick from the North Charleston (SC) Fire Department with the 2013 Bringing Safety Home Award, jointly presented by the two organizations.


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Pictured from left: Chief Minick, NFPA's Lorraine Carli, HFSC's Peg Paul
The Bringing Safety Home Award annually recognizes the efforts of fire chiefs who use HFSC’s educational materials and the resources of the Fire Sprinkler Initiative to ensure that decision-makers have accurate information as new or updated residential fire sprinkler codes are considered. 

Chief Minick volunteered to chair the South Carolina Fire Sprinkler Coalition and to spearhead a series of live flashover and fire sprinkler side-by-side demonstrations held across his state in partnership with the South Carolina Fire and Life Safety Education Association. More than 20 of these dramatic demonstrations have been held since 2011, utilizing materials and information from both HFSC and NFPA’s Initiative.

In the nomination for the award, Chief Minick was hailed for his role in attracting the large number of firefighters, the media and the public who attended the side-by-side demonstrations. “Not only does Chief Minick represent the residential fire sprinkler issue well through his volunteer efforts, he lives this,” the nomination says. Chief Minick had fire sprinklers installed in his own home.

“Having a local advocate willing to take the lead on fire sprinkler education is key to making progress both in public awareness and in strong public safety requirements,” says Lorraine Carli, speaking on behalf of both HFSC and NFPA.

- By NFPA's Maria Figueroa

Anyone who’s seen the massive destruction wrought by wildfire across the western United States this season has no doubt about its potential for disaster. The tragic loss of so many firefighters in Arizona reminds us of the devastation left in its wake.

So what is being done to improve how wildfires are fought and prevented? Well, lots of things. NFPA’s Firewiseprogram works with communities to mitigate the dangers of wildfires. NFPA 1143 addresses preparedness for wildland incidents and mitigation efforts.

Also, GIS (Geographic information systems) is being used in a forecasting tool to model wildfire using a variety of inputs. It is interesting to compare these three approaches to fire modeling that have sprung Farsiteup to deal with the threat.

NFPA 950 and 951 are new proposed documents, due out in 2015 and 2016 respectively, that will address the interoperability of data across exchanges in an all-hazards response. Stay tuned for updates on these standards. 

 - Chris Farrell

CNN reports that a 31-year-old man died and two others were injured this week from a lightning strike that occurred while the men were pressure-washing a rig.

The incident follows a string of lightning strikes this year that have resulted in deaths and injuries. Last month, two farmers died after lightning struck a barn, and 12 soldiers were injured from lightning during a training procedure, according to CNN.

"One in 3,000 people has a chance of being hit by lightning (in a  lifetime)," said CNN's Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta.  "Thankfully, very few people die, but it happens a lot more than people realize."

Fires initiated by lightning can also wreak havoc; NFPA estimates that fire departments responded to more than 24,000 lightning-initiated fires each year during 2006-2010.

Download NFPA's lightning safety tip sheet, and watch NFPA's Lisa Braxton discuss some of these tips in the following video:

In a new NFPA report, September and October were identified as peak months for fires in college housing. According to the report "Structure Fires in Dormitories, Fraternities, Sororities, and Barracks," in 2007-2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 3,810 structure fires in dormitories, fraternities, sororities, and barracks. As college students settle into housing at school or off-campus, reviewing safety tips is a valuable way for them to remember what actions can be taken to prevent fire and how they can prepare to escape if one occurs. Being sure that smoke alarms are working, and having and practicing a fire escape plan is vital.

CampussafetyRoughly 70 percent of fires in dormitories, fraternities, sororities, and barracks began in the kitchen or cooking area. The report also noted that fires are most common in the evening hours, between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. and on weekends. With cooking the theme of this year's Fire Prevention Week, safety tips and information can be found on the FPW website as well!

NFPA offers safety tips for college students living in on- or off-campus housing:

  • Look for fully sprinklered housing when choosing a dorm or off-campus housing.
  • Make sure your dormitory or apartment has smoke alarms inside each bedroom, outside every sleeping area and on each level. For the best protection, all smoke alarms should be interconnected so that when one sounds they all sound.
  • Test all smoke alarms at least monthly.
  • Never remove batteries or disable smoke alarms.
  • Learn your building’s evacuation plan and practice all drills as if they were the real thing.
  • If you live off campus, have a fire escape plan with two ways out of every room.
  • When the smoke alarm or fire alarm sounds, get out of the building quickly and stay out.
  • Cook only where it is permitted.
  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking.
  • Cook only when you are alert, not sleepy or drowsy from medicine or alcohol.
  • Check your school’s rules before using electrical appliances in your room.
  • Use a surge protector for your computer and plug the protector directly into an outlet.

Visit for more information and resources, including a free downloadable Fire Safety Checklist developed especially for college students.

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