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On Tuesday August 5, members of the NFPA Public Fire Protection Department and 10 NFPA interns had the awesome opportunity to visit and tour the Massport Fire Department and take a ride on the fire boat, American United. The American United, known as Marine 31, is a 2011, 79' Fire boat capable of flowing 6000 gallons of water per minute, has 500 gallons of foam concentrate on board, and contains life rafts for 300 people.


Marine 32, another Fireboat in the Massport fleet, is a 2009 37' Moose Boat with jet drive, can flow 500 gallons of water per minute, and has a life raft capacity for 130 people. After an extensive tour of the Massport facilities and Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting equipment all hands reported to the docks for a thorough tour of Boston harbor aboard Marine 31.


After nearly 34 years in the fire service I enjoyed our ride as if I was new firefighter taking a ride on a fire boat for the very first time. I want to thank the firefighters and officers who hosted our tour and gave a top notch tour of the facility and equipment along with a short history on the harbor.

The current 2013 edition of NFPA 1925 Standard on Marine Fire-Fighting Vessels will be open soon for public comment.

Dave Grupp
In 1988, Chief Dave Grupp of the Long Grove, Illinois, Fire Protection District proposed the controversial idea of a home fire sprinkler ordinance to the Long Grove Village Board. His focus was on the safety of the residents, other occupants, and emergency responders.

In a past interview, Chief Grupp said he did not know there weren't any communities in Illinois that required home fire sprinklers. “At that time there wasn’t even a smoke detector requirement,” he said. “I just thought the home fire sprinkler ordinance was the right thing to do.”

Long Grove did not have a municipal water supply and had to rely on rural water supply operations for structure fires. Fire sprinklers presented a solution to controlling or extinguishing fires early in their stages of development. Ultimately, thanks to the educational efforts of Grupp, the elected officials voted in favor of the standalone ordinance on April 12, 1988.

Learn about the effects of Grupp's sprinkler advocacy by reading the full post on NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.

185114NFPA has issued the following formal interpretation on NFPA 1851, Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting:

Formal interpretations are for the purpose of providing formal explanations of the meaning or intent of the Technical Committee on any specific provision or provisions of any NFPA Standard in accordance with Section 6 of the Regulatons Governing the Development of NFPA Standards.

The results for the annual NFPA Fire Safety Educational Memorial Fund Committee awarded scholarships are in! These awards are given to students who have demonstrated strong leadership potential, exhibited academic achievement and who have contributed to fire safety activities. So without further ado, let’s meet our four extraordinary winners! RichardEmberley

Congratulation are in order for Richard L. Emberley. The Ph.D. student from University of Queensland has won theDavid B. Gratz Scholarship for the second time in a row! Having graduated as a civil engineer from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) with high distinction, Richard followed to complete an MSc in Fire Protection Engineering and a second one in civil engineering. He went through all three degrees with a near perfect GPA and was a recipient of every scholarship that is offered at WPI.

Richard has shown his leadership qualities when he was nominated and elected president of the ASCE Student Association and vice-president of the WPI Music Association.

He is currently working on understanding modern structural systems exposed to fire.

His long-term career goal is to be involved in the fire protection engineering research, consulting and/or teaching at the college level.

The David B. Gratz scholarship is awarded to recognize the growth of fire science and fire engineering programs.

In anticipation of our annual FPW campaign with Domino’s Pizza, Domino's hosted a sweepstakes last month, which worked to jumpstart fire department participation in the program. Domino's logo

From July 16 to 31, fire departments that committed to implementing the FPW/Domino's campaign in their communities were automatically entered into the sweepstakes. Five randomly selected winners will receive NFPA’s "FPW-in-a-Box 300”, which includes a host of FPW products and materials.

A tremendous thank you to the nearly 60 fire departments that already signed on! The sweepstakes winners will be officially announced this Friday, August 8, on NFPA’s FPW website, Facebook and Twitter, so stay tuned!

For fire departments that haven’t signed up yet but would like to implement the program locally, there’s still time. Download the FPW/Domino's participation form and email it to Jeannette Conklin at You can also visit NFPA’s FPW/Domino’s page to learn more about the campaign and how to get involved. (Remember: Fire Prevention Week is just two months away!)

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NY Giants' Steve Weatherford and the owners of his training facility donated 1,000 smoke alarms this week after learning about a fatal home fire in Newark, NJ, where no smoke alarms were present. From left to right: Fire Chief Robert Flanagan, Morristown Fire Department; Steve Weatherford, NY Giants punter; Lisa and Dan Schauger, Next Level Training owners


When New York Giants’ punter, Steve Weatherford, heard that six people died in a home fire where no smoke alarms were present, he stepped up to make a difference.

"When I learned that it could have been prevented if the family had a fire detector in the house, that was when I realized we needed to raise awareness – and provide fire detectors to families who cannot afford them – to make sure that doesn’t happen again,” said Weatherford.


[Six family members in Newark, NJ, died from smoke and carbon monoxide poisoning |] this past Father’s Day when a fire, reportedly fueled by flammable plastic flowers on the front porch, spread throughout the home. After learning about the incident, Weatherford and his training facility, Next Level Training, decided to take action and make a difference.


Through their efforts, 1,000 smoke alarms will be distributed to needy families with help from the Morristown Fire Department. "We're glad they'll be put to good use," said Weatherford.

Weatherford noted that the deaths in this fire incident were as tragic as they were preventable. Kudos to him for not only understanding the life-saving difference smoke alarms can make, but actively working to help make people safer from fire. Definitely a fire safety hero in my book!


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