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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.

Credit: Facebook

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.


!|border=0|src=|alt=Carl Baldassarra|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=Carl Baldassarra|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef01a510a412bc970c img-responsive!Long-time NFPA Technical Committee member Carl Baldassarra has been named president of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers for 2014. Mr. Baldassarra is an executive vice president at Rolf Jensen & Associates in Chicago. He previously served as president of Schirmer (Aon) Engineering Corporation, where he worked for more than 35 years.

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 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!

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