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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. 

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