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NFPA 1710Jim Silvernail, a member of the NFPA 1710 technical committee, posted an article on Fire Engineering sharing  his experience as a TC member and explaining how he has taken his knowledge of 1710 and developed a text to assist departments in asessing their staffing levels against safety and efficiency. Jims article provides an insiders view, but recoginizes the real world application of 1710.

NFPA and the Technical Committee acknowledge 1710 provides perfomance metrics agencies can measure themselves against as well as recommended staffing levels. While achieving the staffing levels may not be possible, measuring perfomance is, and that information can inform communities about the level of risk they are accepting, on a personal and municipal level. In turn, budgetary decisions can be made with consideration of risk management, for the residents and fire fighters. Plans to reduce the risk can also be developed, costed, and presented for consideration.

Yes, NFPA 1710 does provide staffing recommendations, but it is much more then that. A tip of the helmet to Jim and all the members of 1710 for their work and dedication!

 Here is Jim's article; Am I a 1710 hypcrite?

Ken WilletteLooking for an interesting perspective on topics relevant to the first responder community? Check out the new column in NFPA Journal written by Ken Willette, NFPA's division manager for Public Fire Protection. Willette, who spent 35 years in the fire service, addresses the ever-evolving role of today's emergency responders and NFPA's role in improving responder safety. 

"Today’s responders must be prepared for all hazards and all manner of threats, and their response must be coordinated and unified," says Willette. "The response to the Boston Marathon bombings last year was proof that a unified command, and a unified approach to resource management, works."

Read more from Willette in the January/February edition of NFPA Journal. 

NFPA 921The new 2014 edition of NFPA 921 Guide For Fire and Explosion Investigation is available. NFPA 921 is the premier document in the world today that provides guidance and recommendations as to the proper methodology to follow and the science to apply to the investigation of fire and explosion incidents.

 The 2014 edition is the first NFPA Code or Standard document to be published in color. The Technical Committee Chairman Randy Watson has been working with the Committee and NFPA to incorporate color photographs into the document.  This will greatly enhance the effectiveness of the document, and no chapter will exemplify this change more than in fire patterns.  Now, the contrast and color changes will be much more clearly visible. 

A new chapter on Fire Protection Systems was also added that addresses key components, operational and installation parameters, data gathering and analysis of active fire protection systems. The chapter on Analyzing the Incident for Cause and Responsibility has been divided into two chapters and the classification of fire causes is in one chapter and the responsibility discussion is in a separate chapter.

There has been a lot of research and testing over the last few years on Electrical Arcing, as a result of this new research, the committee added information and photographs to better explain and demonstrate the concepts.

The PDF version of NFPA 921 is available now through the NFPA catalog and the hard copy of NFPA 921 will be available early to mid-February 2014.  

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Board of Directors appointed three new members to serve on NFPA’s Standards Council for a three-year term effective January 1, 2014: Kenneth E. Bush of Easton, MD, James R. Quiter of San Francisco, CA, and Chad E. Beebe of Lacey, WA.

Kenneth E. Bush, FSFPE, has served as a Senior Fire Protection Engineer with the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office since his graduation from the Fire Protection Engineering Program at the University of Maryland in 1976. He is largely responsible for the review of both construction and fire protection system plans, as well as the inspection of new and existing homes in seven eastern shore counties in Maryland. During his 37-year career, Bush has been a member of NFPA Life Safety Code® project since 1978, and numerous other NFPA technical committees and member sections. He also remains active in local fire service, serving as a contract instructor for both the National Fire Academy and Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute.

James R. Quiter has more than 30 years of experience as a fire engineer and is recognized as a leader in Fire Protection Engineering in North America and globally. He is currently the San Francisco Group Leader for Arup. His experience blends an excellent understanding of fire protection engineering and performance-based codes with wide recognition as an expert in the US codes and their applications. As a result of his active participation in the code-change process and participation on major projects throughout the world, Quiter is well renowned within the US and International code community. He has been a major participant in the US approach to performance – based codes. He chaired the NFPA 101 (Life Safety Code) Task Force that developed the performance-based design option that is now an integral part of the code. Currently, he is the Chair of the NFPA Building Code Correlating Committee and the NFPA High Rise Building Safety Advisory Committee. He was also Chair of the SFPE Task Group, which authored a Guide to Fire Protection in Very Tall Buildings. Quiter is also a member of the National Construction Safety Team Advisory Committee, a Fellow and a past President of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, and a Life member of NFPA. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology. Quiter is a registered Professional Engineer in 11 states and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Chad E. Beebe, along with being a registered architect, certified fire protection specialist, healthcare facility manager, and building official, has maintained several positions over the course of his career. From 1999 to 2001, Beebe served as the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) for the Washington State Department of Health, managing its construction review services program. He is currently director of codes and standards for the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) of the American Hospital Association. For his efforts, Beebe was awarded the ASHE’s Regional Leader Award, becoming the first AHJ to earn a leadership award from the American Hospital Association. He also serves on a number of national panels and committees that create regulations for the design and construction of health care facilities.

In addition to adding three new members, the Standards Council also appointed current member Kerry Bell of UL LLC as the new Council chair. Current Council members Richard Owen of Oakdale, MN, and Daniel O’Connor of Aon Fire Protection Engineering were each reappointed for three-year terms starting January 1, 2014, and also current member James Milke of the University of Maryland was appointed for a one-year extension, also beginning on January 1, 2014.

The NFPA Standards Council, a 13 member body appointed by the board of directors of NFPA, is charged with overseeing the NFPA standards development process. Generally, the duties of the Council include supervising activities related to NFPA standards development process, acting as administer of rules and regulations, and serving as an appeals body.

Remembering When
The NFPA 2014 Remembering When™:  A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults conference will be held June 4-6 in Las Vegas, right before NFPA's annual Conference & Expo. NFPA will award scholarships to teams from up to 25 communities to attend. These teams of two will be made up of representatives of fire departments and home visit agencies across the U.S. and Canada and will discuss best practices regarding outreach to older adults through group presentations and home visits. 

Each year, NFPA awards scholarships to establish partnerships between fire departments and home visit agencies for the implementation of Remembering When at the local level. To be considered for a scholarship award to attend this conference, submit an application no later than March 10. Teams who are awarded the scholarship will receive air travel, lodging at the Luxor, meals during the conference, and training all free of charge. The program now includes updated statistics and trivia questions, a modern look to appeal to younger, active seniors, and is also available as a free download.

Learn more about the Remembering When program and older adult statistics

NECAs described in NFPA 70®, National Electrical Code®, selective coordination is a design and application technique that coordinates protective devices (circuit breakers, for example) so that an overcurrent situation is limited to the smallest section of the circuit. While selective coordination is required in health care facilities, aspects of its requirement have been debated by certain NFPA committees.

In the latest edition of NFPA Journal, columnist Jeffrey Sargent highlights this debate among members of the NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities, Technical Committee on Electrical Systems and those in the NEC community.

"The new reality is that the NEC contains different requirements for electrical system coordination depending on occupancy type," says Sargent, NFPA's regional electrical code specialist. "The good news is that, with the advent of mandatory requirements on selective coordination, the industry is responding with new and better ways to accomplish the end result of a more reliable electrical system."

Get more details from Sargent in the January/February issue of Journal. 

Derek Vigstol of Princeton, Minn., took home a $5,000 cash prize and the title of NEC Challenge Champion on Friday in the culmination of a nation-wide challenge to celebrate the release of the 53rd edition of the National Electrical Code® (NEC®) by the NFPA

Competition between the three finalists, which also included Joe Brinley of Roanoke, Va. and Robert Watkins, Jr. of Denver, Colo, was consistently intense throughout three rounds of gameplay. Featuring a tie-breaker, a lightning round, and even audience participation, this year’s event was an exciting and engaging way to finish the NEC Challenge. NECChallengeGroup2014

Read more about the competition and its winners.

If you missed tuning in to the live event, watch the full video of the NEC Challenge.

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From left to right: Mark Light, executive director and CEO, James M. Shannon, NFPA President, and Bill Metcalf, Chief of the North County FPD (California) and President and Chair of the Board


Current NFPA President Jim Shannon was recognized at a recent International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Board meeting for his service to NFPA and to fire safety. Jim has served as NFPA president since 2002. He has been at NFPA for 23 years, having joined the organization as vice president and general counsel in 1991. He had previously served as a Member of Congress representing Massachusetts and as Massachusetts Attorney General.

Congrats Jim!


8BEA12DB8D3F465C8A6C1FDEA01F5C42Lower costs! That mantra applies to almost every facet of the health care industry today, including the systems that exist to provide life safety and property protection. But careful analysis and coordination of testing and maintenance can ensure the protection provided by these systems remains cost effective, too. To find out how, read Wayne Moore's column "Cost Challenges" in the January/February issue of NFPA Journal.

Abu DhabiThe Abu Dhabi Ministry of Interior, represented by the Federal Civil Defense Sector Development Council, recently met with NFPA to discuss the means to enhance cooperation, mutual coordination and exchange of expertise between both parties pertaining to fire prevention and safety.

Major General Nasser Lakhrebani Al Nuaimi, Secretary General of the Office of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, Chairman of the Federal Civil Defense Sector Development Council recently met at the Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters. From NFPA, Donald Bliss, Vice President of Field Operations and Drew Azzara, NFPA’s Executive Director of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, attended the meeting. Read more about the meeting through recent media coverage. 

We look forward to future collaboration between NFPA and the UAE! 

JimPauley150The NFPA Board of Directors voted unanimously to name Jim Pauley of Lexington, Kentucky as the next president of NFPA. Pauley is currently senior vice president of External Affairs and Government Relations for Schneider Electric and will assume his new role in July.

Pauley has served in a number of codes and standards-related activities including chairman of the board for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), chairman of NFPA’s Standards Council and chair of the High Performance Building Council for the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA).

Read more on the NFPA Today blog. 

Featuring over 100 education sessions, countless networking opportunities, and hundreds of product displays from the industry's leading suppliers, the 2014 NFPA Conference & Expo is the largest event of its kind tailored to the fire and life safety community. This year’s event, which is being held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev., from June 9 through June 12, 2014, promises to build on the success of previous conferences with featured speakers like American author and historian Michael Beschloss and an in-depth presentation that discusses the Boston Marathon bombings.

To read more about the 2014 NFPA Conference & Expo and its extensive offerings, check out the press release here!

Registration is open! Visit the official 2014 NFPA Conference & Expo site for more info.

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AEE2FEB8C7B949FC84F97EBC357B0937.ashxNFPA's principal life satey engineer Ron Cote notes that a  proposed change to NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®, which would nearly double the allowable size of smoke compartments in hospitals, is generating a lot of interest in the health care community. To find out why this issue could spur a spirited debate at the NFPA technical session this coming June, read Ron's article "Size Issue" in the January/February issue of NFPA Journal.

NFPA has issued the following errata on NFPA 58, Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code, and NFPA 400, Hazardous Materials Code:

  • NFPA 58, Errata 58-14-2, referencing and A. of the 2014 edition, issuance date: January 27, 2014
  • NFPA 400, Errata 400-13-1, referencing Table of the 2013 edition, issuance date: January 27, 2014

An errata is a correction issued to an NFPA Standard, published in NFPA News, Codes Online, and included in any further distribution of the document.


!|src=|alt=MRI rooms|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=MRI rooms|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef01a5115ae80b970c img-responsive!Areas inside health care occupancies present a host of design and installation challenges for sprinkler systems, and the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) room is no exception. Sprinkler systems are typically comprised of metal pipes with inherent magnetic properties that can't be used in MRI rooms since the imaging machine can compromise these systems.


Tackling this concern in the latest issue of+ NFPA Journal+ is columnist Matt Klaus, who's also staff liaison for NFPA 13, +Installation of Sprinkler Systems+; 13R; and 13D . "It is imperative that the sprinkler system designer work with the building's owners and their engineering staff to come up with a solution that will not only comply with the sprinkler design standards, but also with the equipment being installed in these rooms," says Klaus.

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CFPS Chairman's Corner

Posted by kategreene Employee Jan 27, 2014

ClarkeBruce.new200borderGreetings and a sincere wish for a healthy and prosperous 2014 from the CFPS® Board of Directors. We wish to congratulate the 148 professionals who took up the CFPS challenge and passed the exam this year. We also wish to thank the 520 existing CFPS certification holders who produced their 3 year required points documentation and successfully recertified in 2013.
Note: For those of you approaching your recertification date, starting the process is as easy as navigating to and clicking on Enter CFPS Online services. Also remember that navigating to the page and clicking on For CFPS certificate holders allows you to view important CFPS related documents including CFPS Board of Director contact information, the CFPS Bylaws, and the recently updated recertification requirements tables.
As we start 2014, it seems appropriate to review where the CFPS program is and where we see the certification going. I am happy to report that the program is in great shape with both a steady certificate holder growth rate as well as an exponential rise in positive exposure. The program currently involves 2,269 certificate holders and although our year over year growth seems somewhat slow, any growth is a welcome sign considering how current global economic conditions have negatively impacted many other professional level certifications.

LinkedindiscussIn regard to program exposure, our CFPS LinkedIn site has over 3,500 members and while many of those participants are CFPS certificate holders, a great number of people visiting the site are seeking out information on how to obtain the CFPS for themselves or for their employees. While the program is always growing within the U.S. industry sector, an increasing amount of our LinkedIn members and program applicants are from outside the U.S., signaling interest in CFPS as an internationally recognized certification. Taken together, the steady U.S. growth and international interest put us in a very good position moving forward.
In other news, the certification program just completed the 2013 ANSI 17024 audit review, a major annual accomplishment that ensures our program meets international standards for personnel certification. Looking to 2014 and beyond, the Board is focused on even larger growth and program recognition. Part of our program growth plan involves maintaining the highest standards of exam and certification program integrity. As part of this process, we will shortly begin reviewing the program design to ensure job role relevance as well as changes and advances in industry technology (this may include a potential time when the Fire Protection Handbook and the CFPS exam are available in a digital format). While we may be a year or two away from implementing these types of changes, it is important that we start to think about the future and what it means to our program and to our candidates. We are also looking at how we might update the program in order to engage engineers earlier in their fire protection careers. These are just a few of the ideas that the Board will be reviewing throughout 2014.
On a final note, the NFPA Conference & Expo® will be here in only a few short months and because the Board has fully implemented term limits, we will need new CFPS industry expertise on the Board. We would like you to please consider running for a position on the Board. Details regarding the election process will be arriving via email shortly.
-Bruce H. Clarke, CFPS Board of Directors

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Download NFPA's "U.S. Experience with Sprinklers" fact sheet


At least five residents of a seniors home in L'Ise-Verte, Quebec, are dead, and some 30 others are missing, following a massive blaze on Thursday. According to an NBC news report, fire crews in Quebec are using steam to melt the ice encasing the rubble of the three-story building as they search for more victims.

According to the news report, the cause of the fire at the 52-unit Residence du Havre, built in 1997, has not been determined. The news report quotes Yves Desjardins, who helped build the complex, telling CBC News that only a newer annex built in 2002 had a sprinkler system.


An 2013 NFPA report says automatic sprinklers are highly effective and reliable elements of total system designs for fire protection in buildings. Sprinkler systems are designed to activate early in a real fire (responding to heat not smoke) but not to activate in a non-fire situation.</p>

NFPA documents in the Annual 2014 revision cycle are accepting NITMAMs electronically through NFPA's electronic submission system (e-NITMAM).

To submit a NITMAM electronically, select a document from the list of NFPA codes and standards or search for documents available for NITMAM using the search feature. Once on the document page, select "The next edition of this standard is now open for NITMAM" to begin the process.

Review further instructions on how to use the e-NITMAM system.  If you have any questions when using the submission system, please feel free to email us.  A free webinar is also available on how to submit a NITMAM on January 30, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. (EST).  If you would like to sign-up for the webinar, you may contact Carolyn Cronin at (617) 984-7240.

The NITMAM closing date for these Annual 2014 documents is February 7, 2014.

Under NFPA rules, anyone wishing to make an allowable amending motion at an NFPA Association Technical Meeting must declare their intentions by filing, within the published deadline, a Notice of Intent to Make a Motion (NITMAM). NITMAMs submitted on Public Comments (PC) can only be submitted by the original submitter of the PC or their duly authorized Designated Representative. NITMAMs can be made by anyone if the NITMAM is on a Committee Comment, Second Revision, Second Correlating Revision, or in the case of a new standard, a NITMAM to Return the Entire NFPA Standard.


High-rise fires: Stay or go?

Posted by freddurso Employee Jan 24, 2014

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Daniel McClung, who died in a New York City high-rise fire. Credit: Facebook


Earlier this month, this blog highlighted the tragic story of a New York City playwright, Daniel McClung, who died after fleeing his high-rise apartment during a fire. His husband remains in intensive care after also trying to exit the building.


According to a recent +New York Times+ article, the couple may have averted danger by staying put. &quot;In modern high-rise buildings, fire experts say, flight can be deadly,&quot; states the story. &quot;Had the couple remained in their home, Mr. McClung would have survived, officials said. The fire turned out to be isolated to an apartment 18 floors below where the couple lived. Because the building was constructed of fire-resistant materials, the blaze barely spread. Even residents who remained in apartments directly next door to the fire emerged unscathed.&quot;


Chris Jelenewicz, an engineering program manager with the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, told the Times that advancements in high-rise design and safetyincluding wider stairwells and advanced sprinklers and alarm systemshave made buildings safer. What&#39;s also needed, states the article, are proper instructions and better education on what do in an emergency. Following the recent tragedy, a New York city council member has introduced legislation that would require public address systems in residential high-rises.&#0160;


Get the latest NFPA statistics on high-rise building fires, and please review NFPA&#39;s high-rise safety tips.

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C47F319C132C45E3A968F2AAB5EC1DB4A 38-year-old woman, her 9-year-old daughter, and her 7-year-old son died in a fire that began in the first-floor living room of their single-family house. Although the father was overcome by smoke, he survived.

A neighbor called 911 at 2:22 a.m., and firefighters arriving four minutes later rescued the father near the front door. They found his son several minutes later near the back door. After crews  extinguished the remaining fire, they found the woman and her daughter on the first floor.

Investigators determined the fire started on a sofa bed in the living room where the woman and her daughter were sleeping. The father and son, who were asleep on the second floor, awoke and came downstairs, where they were overcome by the smoke and heat. Investigators could not determine the fire’s heat source.

For more information on this and other fires, read "Firewatch" in the January/February issue of NFPA Journal.

In accordance with of the Regulations Governing the Development of NFPA Standards (Regs.) if no public comment is received, the Technical Committee shall determine by a ballot, supported by at least a majority vote, whether to hold a meeting to consider the development of Second Revisions for the Second Draft.  If it is determined that no meeting shall be held, or if a meeting, having been held, results in no Second Revisions, the NFPA Standard shall be considered a consent standard.  A notice of that fact shall be published, and the Standard shall be forwarded directly to the Standards Council for action in accordance with Section 4.7 (see also 

NFPA 601, Standard for Security Services in Fire Loss Prevention, and NFPA 1407, Standard for Fire Service Rapid Intervention Crews, did not receive any public comments, and the Technical Committees have determined there was no need for Second Revision meetings, therefore, the Standards Council issuance date for NFPA 601 and NFPA 1407 is January 14, 2014 with an effective date of February 3, 2014.


A few months ago we had a blog about Google Glass and its possible applications for the fire service. Although I assumed in time we would have a story about someone using them in the fire service I did not think it would take just a couple months. In the video above fire fighter Patrick Jackson of Rocky Mount, North Carolina, has developed and used apps for Google Glass that could potentially spark a technological revolution in firefighting. Check out the video and see for yourself.

Bruce Springsteen's son, Sam, was one of 42 members of the Monmouth County Fire Academy in New Jersey that graduated this month, reports the Hollywood Reporter. The Boss and his wife, Patti Scialfa, attended the ceremony earlier this month. Sam will join the Colts Neck Fire Department.

Sciafa posted a photo of her son in uniform on Instagram. "My youngest son, Sam, graduated from Monmouth County Fire Academy tonight," Sciafa stated. "#Proud #OurFamilyHero."

Sam had to complete training in the areas of fire rescue, extinguishment, Hazmat, and CPR--topics covered in various NFPA codes and standards.

I've been a fan of the Boss ever since I was a tyke growing up in New Jersey. Enjoy the following tune--one of my favorites from Bruce--and let us know your top Springsteen hit in the comments section below.


Having National Electrical Code® expertise will pay off big-time at the NEC Challenge Championship on January 24, when three individuals will face off for the ultimate title of NEC Challenge Champion.

The NEC Challenge Championship match caps off a year of exciting competitions at electrical trade shows nationwide, where players tested their code knowledge in cities from Portland, OR to Ann Arbor, MI to Washington, D.C. The final NEC Challenge Champion will be decided LIVE in an online streaming event on January 24 at 1:00 pm EST. Don’t miss it!

The Pulse Network talks to finalist Derek Vigstol.

Watch this video on YouTube.

AB326F9D49AD4D338087872993205E3C.ashxLast December, Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice-president of Outreach and Advocacy, talked with NFPA President Jim Shannon about the Association’s accomplishments over the last year and what he hopes NFPA will accomplish this year. As Shannon noted, NFPA was very active last year in the United States and around the world.

In the United States, the wildfire issue became a bigger and bigger concern, as did furniture flammability. Other home-related fire issues NFPA needs to address include cooking, the number one cause of fires in the home, as well as the misuse of candles, bad electrical outlets, and overtaxed electrical outlets. We’ve also come to realize that, by creatively taking full advantage of technology, we can take what we’ve learned here in the United States and apply it elsewhere in the world.

For more on NFPA’s efforts to fulfil our mission in bold, creative new ways in 2014 and beyond, read “The Year Behind, the Year Ahead” in the January/February issue of NFPA Journal.

Joplin Tornado
The 2011 tornado that decimated Joplin, Missouri, is considered the deadliest single tornado on record; more than 160 people died and more than 1,000 others were injured in the event.

Following the tornado, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) reviewed a variety of codes and standards, and in a new report has concluded that the U.S. should adopt codes better suited toward resisting the debilitating effects of tornadoes. The recent edition of NFPA Journal outlines additional findings from this report and relevant NFPA codes and standards related to this topic, including NFPA 72®, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code.

"Based on our significant body of research and observations from such events, our scientific understanding of tornadoes and their effects has matured substantially," says Eric Letvin, director of NIST’s disaster and failure studies. "The overarching conclusion of our two-year study is that death and destruction from tornadoes can be reduced. It’s time to begin developing and implementing standards and codes that directly address tornado hazards."

Check out Journal's "In a Flash" section for this story, an update on the Tesla car fires, and the renaming of a Boston street that commemorates the historic Cocoanut Grove Fire.

Black Forest Video snippet - Jan 2014

Soon after the June 2013 Black Forest Fire (the most destructive fire in Colorado’s history) took two lives, destroyed 486 homes and burned more than 14,000 acres of ponderosa pine forest, area stakeholders began work on a collaborative visual learning tool for residents in their combined jurisdictions.  The video’s objective was to visually communicate the need for increased and continuous wildfire mitigation that reduces the risk from future fires.

The immense power and importance of community-wide mitigation is highlighted and reiterated throughout the thirteen minute video "Protecting Our Homes, Our Firefighters and Our Forests." Firefighters, homeowners and wildfire risk reduction advocates provide moving testimonials and success stories that will resonate with WUI residents everywhere. The video will be used by fire departments in the Black Forest and surrounding areas to educate and motivate residents about the importance of proactive mitigation in making the places where they live safer for both residents and responding firefighters; along with the benefits and value it provides as a means for preserving a wildland-urban lifestyle, the environment and their financial investment.

This video has relevancy for everyone that lives in an area with a wildfire risk and provides vivid examples that reinforce the importance and need for community members at all levels to work together in reducing their risk.  The video is short and impactful and makes an excellent addition to presentations from fire departments, homeowner associations,  insurance companies and elected officials.

An eight-year-old boy from upstate New York suffered a tragic end after alerting eight family members of a fire.

CNN reports that Tyler J. Doohan of East Rochester was spending the night with relatives when a fire erupted inside their mobile home. Doohan woke six people, including two more children, who were able to exit the home. Knowing that his disabled grandfather was still in the home, Doohan went back inside in an attempt to save him. "By that time, the fire had traveled to the back of the trailer," Fire Chief Chris Ebmeyer told CNN. "Unfortunately they both succumbed to heat and smoke." Their bodies were found in the same bedroom. Doohan's uncle also died in the blaze.

Ebmeyer believes there were no working smoke alarms in the home. Following the tragedy, his department is planning a public service initiative tied to smoke alarms. Watch the CNN report for more information.


Foundation NewsThe January-February issue of Research Foundation News is available for your viewing.  Featured items include:

  • SupDet 2014 to feature interactive workshop on SMART buildings and fire safety
  • Free webinar series launched, beginning with Responding to Electric Vehicle Fires project
  • Three new suppression projects underway
  • New reports issued: Fire Safety Challenges of Tall Wood Buildings, Non-Fire Hazard Provisions in NPFA Codes and Standards, Assessing the List of Typical Oxidizers, and Evaluation of Intrinsic Safety for Emergency Responder Electronic Safety Equipment

Thanks for having a look! This bi-monthly Research Foundation newsletter describes new projects, research planning developments, newly issued reports, upcoming symposia, and other activities of the Foundation.

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As we continue to enhance our standards development site, NFPA looks for ways to make it easier for the public to get involved and participate in our standards development process.

A recent feature added in the standard development site is the capability for the public to “View Public Inputs” and “View Public Comments” after all submissions have been completed. For documents in the Fall 2015 revision cycle that received public inputs, links are now available to “View Public Inputs” on each Next edition tab of the document information pages under the category “First Draft”. You will be asked to sign-in or create a free online account with NFPA before using this system. Please note that the following 5 documents did not receive any public inputs and, therefore, will not have a link available for viewing: NFPA 18A, NFPA 102, NFPA 551, NFPA 951, and NFPA 1912.
To view a complete list of the Fall 2015 documents, go to the document information pages and use the search feature in the upper right gray box to search by cycle.

Please be advised, that it is anticipated that in the future, paper submissions for public input and public comment will not be accepted so please take this opportunity to try out the system – we think you’ll really like it! As always we are here to help you participate in the NFPA process.

If you have any questions or need help with any feature of the Standards Development site, please feel free to contact us.

Dealing with hazardous materials during a crisis requires both skill and extensive training in order to be handled properly. The Shelbyville Fire Department HazMat Task Force from Shelbyville, KY is no stranger to Hazardous materials imagehazardous materials education, making strides to teach both communities and first responders about hazardous materials management techniques and safety awareness. Due to their efforts, the NFPA Fire Safety Educational Memorial Fund Committee has selected the Shelbyville HazMat Task Force as the recipient of the 2014 Warren E. Isman Educational Grant.

Congratulations to the Shelbyville Fire Department HazMat Task Force!

To read more about the Shelbyville HazMat Task Force and the annual Warren E. Isman Educational Grant, check out the full press release !

NEC training
More than 1,400 code enforcers in California were trained on the National Electrical Code® (NFPA 70®) over the course of 10 days. The marathon training sessions were held by Tim McClintock and Jeff Sargent, NFPA’s Regional Electrical Code Specialists, in December. Every three years the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) updates the California Electrical Code which consists of the NEC plus the amendments promulgated by the five state agencies involved in the code update process. The latest version of the California Electrical Code, the 2013 edition, is based on the 2011 edition of the NEC and became effective on January 1, 2014. 

Read our original post about this California training effort.

Download a free copy of the 2014 NFPA.pngThe 2014 NFPA Standards Directory is now available for download. The directory contains standards development information such as:


An introduction to the NFPA standards development process


    • [Regulations Governing the Development of NFPA Standards |],Technical Meeting Convention Rules, and other procedures
    • NFPA's members of the Board of Directors, Standards Council, management, and external relationships
    • Committee projects and scopes, revision cycle schedules for processing committee reports

Download a free copy of the 2014 NFPA Standards Directory, your guide to NFPA’s standards development process.

The Fire Protection Research Foundation’s 18th annual Suppression, Detection and Signaling Research and Applications Symposium (SupDet 2014) will be held March 4 – 7 at the University of Central Florida (UCF) in Orlando, Florida.

The program includes 30 presentations on the latest developments in research, technology, and applications for the fire protection community including research on environmentally friendly fire suppression agents with a feature on U.S. Army hand held extinguisher development, along with recent developments of zero ODP and low GWP clean fire suppression agents, and information on a fire-fighting agent based on starch.

Register today for the full symposium, or choose either the Suppression Program or the Detection and Signaling Program.

D4D01BD59C20455486E67B05A1C49005On May 14, 2013, firefighters fought for 18 hours to extinguish a fire at the Organic Valley office building in La Farge, Wisconsin. Over the course of the battle, they were faced with a growing array of challenges, including the materials used in the building’s construction. In fact, this fire, which resulted in a $13 million loss, came to resemble a cautionary tale in the use of "green" construction materials and what they can mean to firefighting efforts. To learn the lessons this fire taught, read Robert Duval’s article “Perfect Storm” in the January/February issue of NFPA Journal.

Colorado sprinkler save

A kitchen fire started when a pot of cooking oil ignited was successfully extinguished by the home's sprinkler system. The fire, which happened on January 13, in Arapahoe County, Colorado, had started to spread up from the stove and across the microwave and cabinets above when the sprinkler activated. When firefighters arrived, the fire was extinguished.

“There were no injuries, little fire damage, and the sprinkler system was quickly put back into service,” said fire investigator Mike Kadel. “Fire sprinklers have an impressive ability to limit property damage and keep our residents and firefighters safe.”

The Colorado Fire Sprinkler Coalition is dedicated to promoting the installation of fire sprinklers in future generations of homes. The Coalition is a resource for information about home fire sprinklers and works to identify and overcome barriers to the acceptance of sprinklers.

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Edward "Sonny" Burrell, the only living firefighter who battled a devastating fire at a Massachusetts theater in 1941, died this week. He was 99. 


The historic blaze occurred at the Strand Theatre in downtown Brockton, killing 13 of Burrell&#39;s fellow firefighters and injuring 20 others. The event is still classified as one of the deadliest incidents for firefighters, perNFPA statistics.


According to an article on Wicked Local Brockton, Burrell, who was later named Brockton&#39;s fire chief, attended the dedication of the Strand Theatre memorial in 2008 and was honored a year later for his service to the community.

Rest in peace, chief.


NAFFCONAFFCO Group and NFPA will present a series of three NFPA Fire Protection Certificate Programs delivered in the Middle East for the first time. Each program is designed to teach key elements of the Codes under discussion, by experts involved in the development of NFPA Codes and who have direct experience in working in the real world with them.

Each seminar includes review, preparation and an examination (earning a Certificate of Educational Achievement) that will effectively illustrate the concepts and code requirements, including how they apply to specific hazards. Professionals concerned with fire protection and occupancy safety should attend this program. This includes facility managers, designers, engineers, architects, risk managers, facility consultants, project managers and technicians involved in fire protection maintenance.

Instructors include Greg Harrington from the NFPA staff who will be teaching the Life Safety Code program. Intructors from the other two programs serve as NFPA technical committee members and have taught fire suppression and alarm code courses numerous times in the region. NFPA Codes use is increasing by government ministries across the Middle East and the Comprehensive Fire protection Certificate program will help successfully manage interaction with authorities having jurisdiction across the region. 

Learn more about these seminars and register for them today

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Right before Christmas, firefighters in Wellesley suited up in special gear and rescued Crosby the dog who had fallen through the ice along the Charles River. Wellesley officials posted a video of the dramatic rescue to their Facebook and Twitter accounts, and the footage soon went viral.

To show her appreciation for the firefighters that braved the shivering cold conditions of the water, Ellen DeGeneres decided to fly four of the first responders out to her studio in California. The firefighters appeared on Ellen's talkshow yesterday, and the clip can be seen above.

Officials from the department explained that the reason they accepted the invitation to California to see Ellen, was because they believe in the power of positive news stories, and so do we!


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Ninety five years ago this week, Boston suffered a most unusual tragedy. A massive storage tank filled with molasses collapsed and sent a powerful wave of the sugary substance throughout the city's historic North End. The event killed 21 people--mostly immigrants and city workers--and injured about 150 more.

In 2011, NFPA Journal chatted with historian Stephen Puleo, who has written a book on the tragedy. “The substance that caused the flood produces a little giggle at the outset,” he said. “If this were caused by fire, water, pestilence, or earthquake, it would have gotten more play.”

The flood’s aftermath was no laughing matter, however. The tank’s construction and safety tests were called into question and prompted a landmark court case and construction safeguards that took effect across the United States. Check out exerpts from the book in Journal, and watch a video of Puleo giving a tour of the disaster sites.



The California Fire Science Consortium is sponsoring its latest "WUI Module" webinar this Thursday, January 16 at 11 am Pacific. Join Molly Mowery, president of Wildfire Planning International, as she discusses actions and strategies that local communities are initiating across the country to be a Fire Adapted Community.  

This webinar discusses tangible and innovative methods in which national Fire Adapted Communities (FAC’s) are moving forward.  Over the last few years, many have been introduced to the term Fire Adapted Communities through national policy and programs.  Many communities have embraced FAC concepts and are displaying positive results on the ground.  What do these efforts look like?  Who is engaged with moving them forward? This presentation will quickly recap FAC’s history, but focus primarily on how ideas are transformed into actions through both national pilot communities and local activities.  Specific examples will be highlighted from the FAC Learning Network, Cohesive Strategy, and other programs.

Free and easy registration at Sign up soon as space is limited.

- by NFPA's Michele Steinberg

Health care facilities
In 1995, the Joint Commission (TJC), responsible for accrediting more than 20,000 organizations (including 4,800 hospitals), developed a method for addressing deficiencies at these settings and battle plans for improvement. Despite this approach, improper fire and smoke barriers remain at the top of the deficiency list. 

A feature story in the latest edition of NFPA Journal examines this issue through in-depth analysis from George Mills, TJC's director of engineering, and William E. Koffel, president of Koffel Associates, Inc., a a fire and life safety consulting firm.

"In recognition of the ongoing magnitude of these issues, TJC has partnered with several other organizations to create the Barrier Management Symposium, a training program for those responsible for making sure that these systems are functional and comply with the intent of NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®,says the authors.  

Get more details in the January/February issue of Journal.

One of NFPA's most popular wildland fire safety resources is its "Getting Started with Firewise" kit. We're happy to announce that the latest edition is now available through our online catalog.

Blog"Getting Started" provides resources and information for residents who want to raise awareness of their community's wildfire risk, and it provides guidance on the kinds of mitigation activities neighbors can work on together to help reduce the threat of wildfire damage to homes and property.

The information contained in the kit is perfect for homeowners, Firewise state liaisons, wildland fire mitigation specialists, insurance professionals and the fire service. 

Check it out today!

- by NFPA's LisaMarie Sinatra

The Spring 2013 NFPA/IFMA Regional Fire Code Development Committee meeting schedule is as follows:


Northcentral - April 22, 2014, Embassy Suites Kansas City Plaza, Kansas City, MO, starts at 8:00 am and ends by 5:00 pm.


Northeastern - April 4, 2014, DoubleTree Baltimore-BWI Airport, Linthicum, MD, starts at 8:00 am and ends by 5:00 pm.


Southern - April 17, 2014, Embassy Suites Convention Center, New Orleans, LA, starts at 8:00 am and ends by 5:00 pm.


Western - April 1, 2014, DoubleTree Suites Tucson Airport, Tucson, AZ, starts at 8:00 am and ends by 5:00 pm.


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Do you want to make a difference? We have an ideal opportunity for a Communications Manager to plan, create and manage a full range of communication activities for NFPA to support NFPA’s position as a leader in fire and life safety, ensure consistency of message and drive strategic results. 

In addition, we are looking for a Communications Manager to create and manage communication support activities as they relate to the Fire Sprinkler Initiative, a national effort to increase mandatory requirements for home fire sprinklers in new one and two family homes, and assist with other communication activities for NFPA as needed.

If you, or anyone you know, is interested in either position, please take a more detailed look at the job responsibilites and requirements on our website, and apply today!

Five_days_at_memorial_photos2In August 2005, 45 patients died at Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans during and immediately after Hurricane Katrina, 23 with elevated levels drugs in their systems. Authorities determined that 20 of the 23 had died at the hands of their caregivers as the hope of rescue became increasingly remote.

In her book Five Days, Sheri Fink revisits the tragedy and talks about the effectiveness of the tools we use—codes and standards, emergency procedures, testing and training, and more—to prepare for and manage response to such disasters. To learn why her prognosis for effective response to future disasters is not good, read Scott Sutherland’s article “Life and Death at Memorial” in the January/February issue of NFPA Journal.


A new report has been released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) reveals new findings on dermal exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). The goal of this study was to detect whether or not contaminates such as PAHs can be absorbed through th e skin of fire fighters while performing structural firefighting operations. The report contains some very interesting findings. To read an overview of the report from the Fire Smoke Coalition click here.

To read the full report click here.

- by NFPA's Andrew Holter

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Derek Vigstol, Rob Watkins, and Joe Brinkley


Last fall, to celebrate the release of the 53rd edition of the NEC, electrical experts and professionals across the country were invited to put their knowledge and experience to the test with the launch of the +NEC +Challenge. This interactive game traveled across the country to electrical trade shows where more than 500 professionals got the chance to prove their superior code knowledge. Three contestants earned themselves the bragging rights of being an NEC Challenge winner.&#0160;


But every challenge can only have one champion. That is why NFPA is excited to introduce the first-ever NEC Challenge Championship in which our three trade show winners will be competing for a $5,000 cash grand prize and the title of NEC Challenge Champion!

On Friday, January 24, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. EST, Joe Brinley of Roanoke, VA, Robert Watkins of Denver, CO and Derek Vigstol of Princeton, MN will test their code knowledge in a live webisode championship event, consisting of three rounds of gameplay, including a head-to-head final round challenge between the top two contestants for the grand prize.

*Do you think you can keep up with a champion?

*Then test your own NEC IQ and play along during the NEC Online Challenge! Follow us at #NECconnect or visit for your opportunity to answer the NEC question of the day and be eligible to win daily NEC prizes! Every correct entry is also entered to win the Grand Prize Drawing being held LIVE during the NEC Challenge Championship on January 24th. You could win a FREE registration to the upcoming NFPA Conference and Expo in Las Vegas! Please visit for additional information, and official rules and regulation.


It’ll be a first of its kind event. And you can watch it all happen live. Stay tuned to to find out how you can register to view the crowning of a champion!

-[Dan Whiting |]


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There's apparently more to social media than merely posting and receiving mundane status updates. Take Superstorm Sandy and the 2010 Haiti earthquake, for example, when crucial information from victims and emergency agencies was found on Facebook, Twitter, and other channels.


As the public increasingly turns to social media during emergencies, actions and conversations are taking place that aim to bolster the use of these tools. The latest cover story in +NFPA Journal+ highlights these efforts, including major endeavors by the American Red Cross, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and NFPA. For instance, an NFPA task group comprised of committee members from NFPA 1600, +Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs+, is attempting to develop language on social media use for the standard's 2016 edition.

"If social media is able to push out emergency information to critical audiences, we have to be able to use all of these tools," says Jo Robertson, chair of the NFPA 1600 task group. "Social media use is a reality. We all have to get past the notion that this is something we can ignore."


Get more details in the latest edition of +NFPA Journal,+ which includes tips on social media use during all stages of an emergency and incidents of social media informing and misinforming. Also, add comments to a LinkedIn group discussing how the public and private sector are using social media.<br /></p>

Triangle Shirtwaist Fire
For those readers living near Boston, you might want to check out a performance at the New England Conservatory this week highlighting the Triangle Waist Co. Fire. Nearly 150 workers were killed and scores more were injured from a fire at the New York City factory in 1911. It has remained the deadliest accidental industrial fire in U.S. history.

The free, multimedia play, titled Triangle, uses puppetry and music to tell the story of the fire, which sparked sweeping workplace reforms and safety measures, including the development of NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®. As described on the conservatory's website, "Triangle doesn’t simply dramatize the fire as a lamentable tragedy, a critical event in U.S. labor history now safely contained by the passage of time and workplace safety laws. Rather, the play also seeks to remind us of where we see (or don’t see) similar events today. Somewhere these Triangle women are still trapped—just as hundreds of garment workers have been in recent fires and building collapses in Bangladesh."

Check out the NFPA Journal feature story on the centennial of the Triangle fire, and watch the video of NFPA president James Shannon talking about NFPA's response to the fire:

Alert Fire Break reader Dick Mangan of Missoula, Montana, contacted us about the December issue in which he pointed out the significant difference between annual wildfires reported to NIFC (see "Wildfire drop but don't stop in 2013") in the top article, and immediately following, NFPA's Brush, Grass & Forest Fires study with numbers derived through NFIRS (the National Fire Incident Reporting System). At first glance, these numbers do look "crazy," as Dick pointed out in his email. 

There's a reason that NIFC's average number of wildfires from 2007-2011 is about 77,900, and NFIRS estimates are showing more than 334,000 annual brush, grass and forest fires. Definitions are part of it, but one of the major factors is who is reporting the fires and through what system. NIFC's data comes from situation reports on individual incidents from state and federal firefighting agencies. The NFIRS data is derived from annual reports
from more than 23,000 US fire departments. Analysis of this large database (the world's largest national annual database of fire incidents) requires the use of estimates in reporting.

NFPA's study provides a good explanation of the differences between the two systems, and notes that "an unknown portion of the fires included in their [NIFC's} statistics were also handled by local fire departments and are also counted in NFPA’s estimates. At present, the different data collections systems are independent and it is not possible to confidently connect them."

One of the interesting things about NFPA's study is that it tells the non-federal lands side of the wildfire story that also is, largely, a story about fires outside the Western states. Thousands of fires are occurring annually on lands where local fire departments are the first (and often only) responders. They might be small fires and they might not burn down homes every time, but significant local resources are applied to responding and fighting these fires. 

NFPA has been working over the last couple of years to engage with all of the interested parties in the important work of more accurate and integrated wildfire data collection and reporting. There have been great collaborative efforts among federal, state and local partners thus far. NFPA's Hylton Haynes is exploring how NFPA might help improve the NFIRS framework through such means as updating its standard for incident reporting and fire protection data (see 

For more about how NFPA crunches the NFIRS numbers, see the study's Appendix C or feel free to contact NFPA's Fire Analysis & Research Division.

- by NFPA's Michele Steinberg

SprinklerFire in the home poses one of the biggest threats to people and communities. Nearly 2,500 people per year, on average, die in U.S. house fires. Last year 83% of the people who died in fires did so in one and two bedroom houses. Sixty-seven percent of all firefighter deaths in residential structural fires occurred in one and two bedroom houses, according to an article on International Fire Fighter.

The article, writen by Maria Figueroa, the recently-retired communications manager for NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative, says NFPA launched the sprinkler initiative in 2009, answering the calls of sprinkler advocates across the U.S., including the fire service, who were asking for a coordinated effort to encourage the use of home fire sprinklers.

Starting in 2006, NFPA 1, Fire Code, NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®, and NFPA 5000, Building Construction and Safety Code, require fire sprinkler protection in all new one and two family dwellings. (VIew these NFPA documents for online.) In 2009, the requirement was included in the International Residential Code (IRC). In addition, all model safety codes in the United States require fire sprinklers in all new homes. 

So why should firefighters care? 

  • New methods of construction negatively impact occupant and firefighter life safety under fire conditions. Specifically, risks created by engineered lumber. Studies point to the failure of lightweight engineered wood systems used in floors and roofs when exposed to fire. Read more about the issue of lightweight construction materials.
  • The synthetic construction of today’s home furnishings also add to the increased risk by providing a greater fuel load. 
  • Larger homes, open spaces, void spaces, and changing building materials contribute to faster fire propagation, shorter time to flashover, rapid changes in fire dynamics, shorter escape time and shorter time to collapse. Fire sprinklers can offset these increased dangers and create a safer fire environment for occupants and responding fire crews. 

Read the full article on International Fire Fighter


A new report has been released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) reveals new findings on dermal exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). The goal of this study was to detect whether or not contaminates such as PAHs can be absorbed through th e skin of fire fighters while performing structural firefighting operations. The report contains some very interesting findings. To read an overview of the report from the Fire Smoke Coalition click here.

To read the full report click here. 


February 11, 2014 12:30 – 2:00 pm EST
[Responding to Electrical Vehicle Battery Fires Sponsored Webinar |]
This Webinar reviews the results of a recent research program to develop the technical basis for best practices for emergency response procedures for electric drive vehicle battery incidents, with consideration for certain details including: suppression methods; personal protective equipment (PPE); and clean-up/overhaul operations. This research program was based on full-scale testing of large format Li-ion batteries used in these electric vehicles, and the presentation will summarize these tests and includes discussion on the key findings relating to best practices for emergency response procedures for electric drive vehicle battery incidents.


Sponsored by: The Fire Protection Research Foundation with support from the following:

    • Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers

    • American Fire Sprinkler Association

    • Department of Homeland Security

    • Idaho National Laboratories

    • National Fire Protection Association

    • National Fire Sprinkler Association

    • National Institute of Standards and Technology

    • Property Insurance Research Group

    • SimplexGrinnell

    • The Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Co.

    • Tyco Fire Protection Products

    • U.S. Department of Energy

    • U.S. Department of Transportation (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

    • Viking Corporation

NFPA News The January issue of NFPA News, our codes and standards newsletter, is now available.

In this issue:

  • Comments sought on proposed TIAs to NFPA 30A and NFPA 30B
  • Free webinar on how to submit a NITMAM
  • NFPA 70®, National Electrical Code®, open for public input
  • Annual 2014 Second Draft Reports available
  • News in brief
  • Committees soliciting Public Input
  • Committees seeking members
  • Committee meetings calendar

NFPA News is a free newsletter, and includes special announcements, notification of public input and comment closing dates, requests for comments, notices on the availability of Standards Council minutes, and other important news about NFPA’s standards development process.

Free subscription Sign-in on NFPA’s web site and then select “NFPA News” from your e-mail options.

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Capt. Craig Moreau has gained national attention this week after using some ingenuity--and some carbonated goodness--in response to a roadway fire.

According to NBC News, the Houston firefighter was traversing a Texas highway with his wife when he noticed smoke emitting from the brakes of an 18 wheeler. He got the driver to pull over and began dousing the flames with a mini fire extinguisher. When that didn't work, Moreau used the truck's cargo--cases of Coors beer--to fight the flames.
"I shook them up and popped a top one at a time until the fire was out and the brakes were cool," Moreau wrote on his Facebook page. "Thankfully, they were tallboys." Though alcoholic, beer is mostly water.
Houston Fire Chief Terry Garrison OK'd Moreau's actions in a statement. "I support the extinguishment of fire, no matter the cost," he said.
Moreau's old and new Facebook fans are also commending him on his quick thinking. "Great job Captain Craig. Nothing as resourceful as a firefighter," stated one of his fans. "The world's smallest fire extinguisher fits in the palm of your hand and can quench more than just a raging inferno."
Review NFPA's statistics on truck and other vehicular fires. And if you don't have Moreau at your side while driving, keep these safety tips in mind.


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Mr. Baldassarra has been on the SFPE Board of Directors since 2005, served on Fire Protection Engineering Magazine’s editorial board, and as chair of the SFPE public awareness committee.


He has served on multiple&#0160;NFPA Technical Committees, including Residential Sprinkler Systems, Sprinkler System Installation Criteria, Sprinkler System Discharge Criteria, Building Code Correlating Committee, Fire Protection Features, Residential Occupancies, and Fire Code Committee. He received an NFPA Committee Service Award in 2005.

Other new SFPE 2014 Board positions include:

    • * Daniel Madrzykowski*, a fire protection engineer with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, who will serve as president-elect

Joshua Elvove, a fire protection engineer who will serve as its immediate past president

Jim Begley, principal with TERPconsulting, will serve a two-year term as a vice-president

Michael Strömgren, fire safety engineer and regulatory specialist at SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, will serve a two-year term as a director</li> </ul>

Safety SourceThe January issue of Safety Source, NFPA's public education enewsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, you will find; 

  • Carbon monoxide safety
  • Heating safety
  • Winter activity on
  • New cooking safety eCard
  • Remembering When program highlights
  • New candle report

Don't miss an issue! Sign up now and be the first to get the latest information on happenings in the public education division, activities, fire statistics, trends, educational tips, Sparky the Fire Dog® and more.

It's hard to believe that NFPA's Backyards & Beyond (wildland fire education) conference was two months ago, but the good news is, all of the great learning you acquired there doesn't have to be a memory. Now you can find many of these presentations online on our conference website! The materials are in PDF form and available to download.

BybAnd while you're at it, don't forget to visit our Backyards & Beyond conference blog. There you'll find videos, photos and blog posts of your favorite moments during the event. It's a great way to relive all of the fun you had and the relationships you built in the heart of Salt Lake City.

Thanks to everyone who attended. We look forward to seeing you (and a whole host of new faces) in 2015! Stay tuned for more information on that .... soon!

by NFPA's Lisa-Marie Sinatra

Good news! The early bird hotel discounts for NFPA's Conference & Expo in Las Vegas this June have been extended thru January 31 for Mandalay Bay Resort and THEhotel at Mandalay Bay. Even lower rates are available at Luxor and Excalibur. Book your accommodations early to take advantage of these great rates! Don’t forget to register for the conference by April 25 to lock-in your early-bird registration. Book your hotel today!

Sparky0649Fire and life safety educators who work for a local fire department and show excellence and innovation in reaching out to their communities with NFPA’s materials and programs, have until February 21, 2014 to apply for the Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year award.

The recipient receives a $1,000 honorarium, a Sparky the Fire Dog statue, and travel to Las Vegas in June 2014 for an award presentation at the general session of the NFPA Conference & Expo. In addition, the recipient’s local fire department will receive a $1,000 donation to support public education activities. Fire and life safety educators can be nominated for the award or they can nominate themselves. 

by NFPA's Lisa Braxon

NFPA’s Standards Administration Department will be offering a free training webinar on how to submit a Notice of Intent to Make a Motion (NITMAM).  This will be part of a series of webinars on our standards development process

Register Today! This webinar will be offered on January 30, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. (EST) through Adobe Connect.  If you are interested in attending this webinar, please contact Carolyn Cronin by email or by phone at 617-984-7240.  You will then receive an Adobe Connect Meeting Notice invite with the appropriate log-in and dial-in information as the date approaches.

Under NFPA rules, anyone wishing to make an allowable amending motion at an NFPA Association Technical Meeting must declare their intentions by filing, within the published deadline, a Notice of Intent to Make a Motion (NITMAM). NITMAMs submitted on Public Comments (PC) can only be submitted by the original submitter of the PC or their duly authorized Designated Representative.  NITMAMs can be made by anyone if the NITMAM is on a Committee Comment, Second Revision, Second Correlating Revision, or in the case of a new standard, a NITMAM to Return the Entire NFPA Standard.

New Hampshire has just broken a record that makes State Fire Marshal William Degnan very proud. According to a report in the Eagle-Tribune by Doug Ireland, the Granite State saw the lowest number of accidental fire deaths in state history — four — in 2013.

“We’ve been averaging about 12 in the past several years," Fire Marshal Degnan is quoted as saying. He attributes the drop in fatalities last year to improved fire prevention and education, saying it’s critical to preserving property and lives.

The following proposed Tentative Interim Amendments (TIAs) for NFPA 30A, Code for Motor Fuel Dispensing Facilities and Repair Garages, and NFPA 30B, Code for the Manufacture and Storage of Aerosol Products, are being published for public review and comment:

Anyone may submit a comment on these proposed TIAs by the February 19, 2014 closing date. Along with your comment, please identify the number of the TIA and forward to the Secretary, Standards Council by the closing date.

The Fire Protection Research Foundation is launching three new suppression projects:

Sprinkler Protection for Cloud Ceilings - Ph.2  will seek to obtain an understaning of how cloud ceiling panels impact sprinkler actuation. The major focus of the project is small clouds with a specific objective to determine the maximum gap between walls and cloulds to enable elimination of sprinklers at the structural ceiling level.  This project will extend the work done in Phase 1.

Evaluation of Water Additives for Fire Control and Vapor Mitigation - Ph.2 seeks to provide  a repeatable and reproducible evaluation methodology of the performance characteristics of water additives used in fixed fire suppression systems for fire control and vapor mitigation, as compared to a baseline of water-only performance for Class B applications using 2- and 3-dimensional liquid fuel fires.  Phase 1 of the project provided a test plan for this work.

Obstructions and ESFR Sprinklers - Ph.1 will endeavor to develop a tool that can be used for providing reliable analysis of the impact of obstructions on ESFR sprinklers based on existing data and develop a technical basis to the NFPA 13 technical committees for new requirements and guidance.

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Daniel McClung, a Manhattan playwright and fiction writer, died this week after attempting to flee his high-rise apartment during a fire. He was 27.


News reports state that McClung was trying to exit the 42-story building via one of its stairwells, but was overcome by smoke. According to +The New York Times,+ McClung&#39;s husband was also found in the stairwell. He is in serious but stable condition, stated the Times. The newlyweds were married this past summer.


The New York City Fire Department told the +New York Daily News+ that the blaze began on a 20th floor apartment and was sparked by a &quot;power strip with multiple low-grade extension cords plugged into it.&quot; The apartment&#39;s tenant wasn&#39;t home at the time of the fire, according to reports.

The couple may have avoided tragedy if they stayed in their apartment, James Esposito, FDNY chief of operations, told the +New York Daily News. +"Ninety-nine percent of the time you're safer in your apartment," said Esposito. "If you do smell some smoke coming underneath your door, put some wet towels down and call the fire department."


Please keep safety in mind if you live in or visit a high-rise apartment or condominium. Review NFPA&#39;s high-rise safety tips and information on escape planning.</p>

The Second Draft Reports for 28 NFPA documents in the Annual 2014 revision cycle are now available. Some of the proposed NFPA documents with Second Draft Reports are as follows:

  • NFPA 1, Fire Code
  • NFPA 3, Recommended Practice on Commissioning and Integrated Testing of Fire Protection and Life Safety Systems
  • NFPA 4, Standard for Integrated Fire Protection and Life Safety System Testing
  • NFPA 30, Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code
  • NFPA 54, National Fuel Gas Code
  • NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace
  • NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code
  • NFPA 101, Life Safety Code
  • NFPA 220, Standard on Types of Building Construction
  • NFPA 484, Standard for Combustible Metals
  • NFPA 1521, Standard for Fire Department Safety Officer
  • NFPA 5000, Building Construction and Safety Code  

View the full list of NFPA documents in the Annual 2014 revision cycle.

The deadline to submit a notice of intent to make a motion on any of these documents is February 7, 2014.

DOTThe Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a safety alert to notify the general public, emergency responders and shippers and carriers that recent derailments and resulting fires indicate that the type of crude oil being transported from the Bakken region may be more flammable than traditional heavy crude oil.

Based upon preliminary inspections conducted after recent rail derailments in North Dakota, Alabama and Lac-Megantic, Quebec involving Bakken crude oil, PHMSA is reinforcing the requirement to properly test, characterize, classify, and where appropriate sufficiently degasify hazardous materials prior to and during transportation. This advisory is a follow-up to the PHMSA and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) joint safety advisory published November 20, 2013 [78 FR 69745].  As stated in the November Safety Advisory, it is imperative that offerors properly classify and describe hazardous materials being offered for transportation.  49 CFR 173.22.  As part of this process, offerors must ensure that all potential hazards of the materials are properly characterized. 

Proper characterization will identify properties that could affect the integrity of the packaging or present additional hazards, such as corrosivity, sulfur content, and dissolved gas content. These characteristics may also affect classification.  PHMSA stresses to offerors the importance of appropriate classification and packing group (PG) assignment of crude oil shipments, whether the shipment is in a cargo tank, rail tank car or other mode of transportation. Emergency responders should remember that light sweet crude oil, such as that coming from the Bakken region, is typically assigned a packing group I or II. The PGs mean that the material’s flashpoint is below 73 degrees Fahrenheit and, for packing group I materials, the boiling point is below 95 degrees Fahrenheit. This means the materials pose significant fire risk if released from the package in an accident.

As part of ongoing investigative efforts, PHMSA and FRA initiated “Operation Classification,” a compliance initiative involving unannounced inspections and testing of crude oil samples to verify that offerors of the materials have been properly classified and describe the hazardous materials. Preliminary testing has focused on the classification and packing group assignments that have been selected and certified by offerors of crude oil.   These tests measure some of the inherent chemical properties of the crude oil collected.  Nonetheless, the agencies have found it necessary to expand the scope of their testing to measure other factors that would affect the proper characterization and classification of the materials.  PHMSA expects to have final test results in the near future for the gas content, corrosivity, toxicity, flammability and certain other characteristics of the Bakken crude oil, which should more clearly inform the proper characterization of the material.

“Operation Classification” will be an ongoing effort, and PHMSA will continue to collect samples and measure the characteristics of Bakken crude as well as oil from other locations.  Based on initial field observations, PHMSA expanded the scope of lab testing to include other factors that affect proper characterization and classification such as Reid Vapor Pressure, corrosivity, hydrogen sulfide content and composition/concentration of the entrained gases in the material. The results of this expanded testing will further inform shippers and carriers about how to ensure that the materials are known and are properly described, classified, and characterized when being shipped.  In addition, understanding any unique hazards of the materials will enable offerors, carriers, first responders, as well as PHMSA and FRA to identify any appropriate mitigating measures that need to be taken to ensure the continued safe transportation of these materials.

PHMSA will share the results of these additional tests with interested parties as they become available.  PHMSA also reminds offerors that the hazardous materials regulations require offerors of hazardous materials to properly classify and describe the hazardous materials being offered for transportation.  

For additional information regarding this safety alert, please contact Rick Raksnis, PHMSA Field Services Division, (202) 366-4455 or E-mail:  For general information and assistance regarding the safe transport of hazardous materials, contact PHMSA’s Information Center at 1-800-467-4922 or

ThermometerTemperatures in certain regions of the U.S. aren't just frigid, they're dangerous. Some midwestern states are reporting temperatures well below zero, with the wind chill below -60 degrees in some areas. Some locations haven't been this chilly in nearly two decades, reports USA Today.

An unfortunate consequence of this cold snap is the rise of house fires in certain cities. "We've had an increasing number of fires because of the cold weather," Massachusetts State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan told The Boston Globe. "Most are related to heating." The paper reports that the Red Cross has assisted more than 100 people displaced by fires since New Year's Eve.

As the temps continue to plummet, keep in mind these heating safety tips highlighted in the Put a Freeze on Winter Fires Campaign developed by NFPA and the U.S. Fire Administration.

Also, let us know how cold it is in your neck of the woods and how you're safely keeping warm.

NFPA 70®, National Electrical Code®, is accepting Public Input (formerly proposals) electronically through NFPA's Electronic Submission System (e-PI).

To submit input electronically, select NFPA 70 from the list of NFPA codes and standards. Once on the NFPA 70 document information page, select "The next edition of this standard is now open for Public Input (formerly proposals)" to begin the process. The system automatically pulls in text and shows any changes in “track changes”.  You can submit input or just start and save your work in progress before the November 7, 2014 closing date. Paper submissions, which are considered any submission other than the online submission system, are accepted until October 3, 2014.

Review further instructions on how to use the e-PI system

If you have any questions when you use the e-PI system, you can contact Carolyn Cronin at (617) 984-7240 or by email.

Public input is a suggested revision to a proposed new or existing NFPA Standard submitted during the Input stage in accordance with Section 4.3 of the Regulations Governing the Development of NFPA Standards.

If you really want to keep your home and the people and property in it as safe as possible from fire, consider a residential sprinkler system, says an article on

“While interviewing consumers, highly rated sprinkler installers and experts on fire control and prevention, including the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), our research staff learned that many homeowners have misconceptions about home sprinkler systems,” it reports in its January 3, 2014 edition. 

Among the misconceptions about home fire sprinklers? 

Inaccurate portrayals on TV and in movies show that in a fire, every sprinkler in the house will go off at once. “The reality, experts say, is that only the heads that detect fire will activate. Usually, one head will extinguish a blaze before it spreads,” reports

Read more of this post -- including the myth about the high cost of home fire sprinklers - on NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.

George D. Miller Scholarship

Who is eligible: Undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in fire service or public administration programs in the United States or Canada.

Distribution: There will be a minimum of one scholarship awarded per year of at least $5,000.

About Mr. Miller: George D. Miller, a retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant General whose military career included critical command responsibility and a superb record as a fighter pilot, was appointed president and chief executive officer of NFPA in 1992. Upon his retirement in 2002, NFPA's board of directors unveiled the George D. Miller Scholarship in tribute to Mr. Miller's exemplary service to the Association.

Learn more, apply for the Miller Scholarship. Deadlne is April 1, 2014.

CofactheetCarbon monoxide incidents are more common during the winter months, and in residential properties.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas created when fuels (such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane) burn incompletely. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel can be sources of carbon monoxide.

As another snowstorm bears down on the Northeast, it's a good time to think about the dangers of carbon monoxide -- and what you can do to make your family and home safer.

  • If you need to warm a vehicle, remove it from the garage immediately after starting it. Do not run a vehicle or other fueled engine or motor indoors, even if garage doors are open. Make sure the exhaust pipe of a running vehicle is not covered with snow.
  • During and after a snowstorm, make sure vents for the dryer, furnace, stove, and fireplace are clear of snow build-up.
  •  A generator should be used in a well-ventilated location outdoors away from windows, doors and vent openings.
  • Gas or charcoal grills can produce CO — only use outside.
  • You should also install CO alarms in a central location outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home and in other locations where required by applicable laws, codes or standards.

Download NFPA's free safety tip sheet for all of the facts about carbon monoxide.

!|src=|alt=SnowDriving1|style=width: 450px;|title=SnowDriving1|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef01a3fbc42f95970b!<br />As we enter 2014 and the Northeast is preparing for a Nor’easter and with many States experiencing severe winter storms all drivers should prepare a Winter Emergency Kits and prepare their vehicles for winter storms.  Although all drivers will not experience the same kind of winters conditions, each kits should be prepared based on your Winter Weather and Driving conditions, and winterize your vehicles.


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Before frigid temperatures set in, have your vehicle prepared for winter driving. As part of your regular auto maintenance, have the battery condition checked. Cold weather and a weak battery can leave you stranded. Likewise, winter demands a greater use of lights, so make sure they're working properly. Also, make sure all belts and hoses are checked along with routine maintenance. During winter, you must have a vehicle that will start and not leave you stranded with mechanical failure. Don't forget to have the cooling system fluid checked. A simple test can be performed to make sure your coolant will withstand the winter cold. Drivers should keep the gas tank at least half full, to avoid gas line freeze. Additive in the gas tank can also keep moisture from freezing in the lines.

Emergency Kit:

    • Shovel

    • Windshield scraper

    • Cell phone adapter to plug into lighter 

    • Battery powered radio

    • Car Jumper cables

    • Bottles of water

    • Extra Blanket or a warm sleeping bag

    • Energy bars

    • Matches and small candles

    • Winter hats, gloves or mittens

    • Medications

    • Road flares

    • Tow chain or rope

    • Tire chains if needed

    • Battery operated flashlight

    • Highly visible material to use as an emergency flag

    • Road salt, sand, or cat litter for traction 

John L. Jablonsky Scholarship

Who is eligible: Graduate students enrolled in fire protection engineering programs in the United States or Canada.

Distribution: There will be a minimum of one scholarship awarded per year of at least $5,000.

About Mr. Jablonsky: A person of unshakable integrity, John L. Jablonsky possessed a rare touch of fair play and justice and was quick to stand up for his convictions. He served for over thirty years in numerous capacities for the NFPA. In 1987, he received the Association's highest honor, the Paul C. Lamb Award and, at the time of his death, was chairman of the Standards Council.

Learn more, apply for the Jablonsky Scholarship. Deadlne is April 1, 2014.

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