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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.

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