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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.  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.     


- 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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