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In January, Edward Burrell, a career firefighter with the Brockton (Massachusetts) Fire Department, died at the age of 99. He'd been with the city's fire department for 40 years, 16 of them as chief. 

One of the most memorable and harrowing nights of his career occurred in 1941, when Burrell was 26 and a member of a firefighting crew that responded to a blaze at the city's Strand Theatre. A roof collapse killed 13 Brockton firefighters and injured 17 more, making it one of the deadliest fires in U.S. history in terms of firefighter deaths. Burrell narrowly avoided the calamity, later telling a reporter that it was "just an act of God" that he was spared.

The story of Burrell and the Strand Theatre is told in the "Looking Back" feature in the March/April issue of NFPA Journal. 

7014SBThe Annual 2016 revision cycle schedule for NFPA 70®, National Electrical Code®, has been posted.

Some information relating to the revision cycle schedule is listed below:

  • Submit public input via the online submission system until the closing date of November 7, 2014.  Paper submission (any submission other than the online system) deadline is October 3, 2014.
  • First Draft Report posting date is July 17, 2015.
  • Second Draft Meetings will be held during the first two weeks in November 2015 with a meeting location change from Redondo Beach to San Diego, CA.

Read the full Annual 2016 revision cycle schedule for NFPA 70.

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

  • Global Research Update seminar in London to feature high challenge warehouse storage protection advances
  • Highlights of successful SupDet symposium
  • New projects underway:
    • Lithium Ion Batteries Storage Sprinkler Protection
    • Revolutionizing the Modern Turnout Suit
    • Egress Modeling in Health-Care Occupancies
    • Validating the Fire Safety Evaluation System for Healthcare Occupancies
  • New reports issued:
    • Evaluation of Fire Flow Methodologies
    • Non-Fire Hazard Provisions in NFPA Codes and Standards: A Literature Review
    • Commercial Roof-Mounted Photovoltaic System Installation Best Practices Review
    • Evaluation of Fire Service Training Fires

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Following the tragic fatal Boston townhouse fire on Wednesday night, where the lives of two heroes, Lt. Edward Walsh and firefighter Michael Kennedy, were lost, many people started to search for answers about how the fire started and spread so quickly. 

NFPA's Ken Willette, division manager of our Public Fire Protection division and past fire chief and Don Bliss, vice president of field operations and past state fire marshal appeared on several local news broadcasts last night to discuss the dangers of backdrafts as well as firefighter safety. 


Watch the clips below from WGBH and WBZ Boston to hear what they had to say. 


E8A08D8092B34F21815AFC18670DAA44In North Carolina, a 36-year-old man and his two daughters, ages 4 and 6, died in a fire that investigators believe started when a charcoal grill on the wooden deck of their home ignited decking material during the night. In Ohio, a 78-year-old woman died of burns she received when her pajama sleeve caught fire as she cooked breakfast for her husband. And in Connecticut, a 43-year-old man died of smoke inhalation in a fire he intentionally set by igniting books and magazines in his apartment.

But the news wasn't all bad. In Arizona, firefighters extinguished a small fire burning in a plastic trash barrel in a student's room at a college dorm before spread and injured anyone. In Iowa, a single sprinkler controlled a fire in a 36-unit apartment building housing older adults until firefighters arrived to extinguish it. And in Florida, another sprinkler controlled a fire in a clothing store that started when the store's owner left a cigarette burning near some combustibles.

For more on these and other incidents, read Ken Tremblay's new "Firewatch" in the March/April issue of NFPA Journal.

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