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Presenting the award to Fire Chief Chuck Walker (center) was (from left) Tim Travers, NFPA; Vickie Pritchett, National Fire Sprinkler Association; Peg Paul, HFSC; and Jeff Hudson, NFPA.


A tip of the hat to Fire Chief Chuck Walker with the Ashland City Fire Department in Tennessee for proving that residential sprinkler advocacy yields results. Walker was selected as the 2014 recipient of theBringing Safety Home Award, which recognizes the efforts of fire chiefs who use resources from NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) to ensure decision-makers consider sprinkler installation. The International Association of Fire Chiefs has also teamed up with NFPA and HFSC to honor Walker.


Walker was instrumental in passing a home fire sprinkler ordinance in Ashland City in 2001 via "lunch and learn" meetings and through the use of live burn/sprinkler demonstrations. "Being a growing community, we were easily convinced that in order to protect this growth and prevent fires, especially with a combination volunteer/paid fire department, residential sprinklers were the way to go."


Learn more about Walkerand previous award recipientsby visiting the Fire Sprinkler Initiative website.</p>

Today marks the 13 year anniversary of the attacks that took place on September 11, 2001.  Ceremonies are being held in New York, Pennsylvania, Washington DC, and across the nation to remember the lives of those who were murdered during the attacks.  Six moments of silence were observed throughout the morning:

- 8:46 a.m. eastern time: Hijackers crash Flight 11 into the north tower.

- 9:03 a.m.: Hijackers crash United Airlines Flight 175 into the south tower.

- 9:37 a.m.: Hijackers crash American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon.

- 9:59 a.m.: The south tower collapses.

- 10:03 a.m.: Passengers launch a counterattack on hijackers aboard United Airlines Flight 93. The hijackers crash the plane into an empty field near Shanksville, Pa.

- 10:28 a.m.: The north tower collapses.

The Washington Post has published a small article with details and photos of the ceremonies.  The article also makes mention of the opening of One World Trade Center, the newly constructed highrise that towers over ground zero and is expected to open in the near future.  Standing at 1,776 feet tall, One World Trade Center is a magnificent site, and powerful symbol of our nation’s resolve. 



On September 8, the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) accepted NFPA's Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money and awareness about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig's Disease).

IAFC department directors and executive staff, including Mark Light, IAFC's CEO and executive director, accepted that challenge and collected donations from the IAFC staff, who bid their own money for a chance to dump ice water on their bosses.

“The IAFC staff accepts the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from our friends at NFPA,” declared Light in front of IAFC headquarters in Fairfax, Va. “This is a most worthy cause and we are delighted to participate and help raise money and awareness about this terrible disease, which affects as many as 30,000 Americans at any given time.”

NFPA's senior staff, including President Jim Pauley, took the Ice Bucket Challenge on September 2.

IAFC challenged the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), Fire Apparatus Manufacturers' Association (FAMA), Fire and Emergency Manufacturers and Services Association (FEMSA) and International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) to take the Ice Bucket Challenge.

A8B33111A1A74A51ADE17A11A6AF9755In 2013, U.S fire departments responded to 1,240,000 reported fires, or 9.8 percent fewer than they did in 2012. This is the fewest reported fires since 1977, when NFPA began using its current survey methodology.

Of these fires, an estimated 487,500 were structure fires, 387,000 of which were residential fires, an increase of 1.6 percent from the year before. There were also 100,500 nonresidential structure fires in 2013, or 1 percent more than the previous year. In addition, there were 564,500 outside fires, an estimated 164,000 highway vehicle fires, and 24,000 fires in other vehicles.

All these fires resulted in an estimated 3,240 civilian deaths, an increase of 13.5 percent from the year before. Three hundred twenty-five people died in apartment fires, and another 2,430 died in one- and two- family homes. There were also an estimated 15,925 civilian fire injuries in 2013.

For more information on the fires of 2013 and the destruction they caused, read Michael Karter's article "Fire Loss in the United States During 2013" in the September/October 2014 issue of NFPA Journal or check out the complete report online.


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First responder imageBuyer’s remorse is a terrible feeling. Spending thousands of dollars on firefighting equipment that doesn’t work as intended is more than terrible—it’s dangerous.

In his “First Responder” column in the new September/October issue of NFPA Journal, NFPA Division Manager Ken Willette writes about how NFPA codes can assist with the purchase of fire equipment.

There are more than a dozen NFPA standards to help fire-service buyers make smart choices. The standards recommend practices for the design, testing and certification of personal protective equipment (PPE) and electronic safety equipment (ESE). The standards also recommend that each piece of compliant equipment “have a permanent label affixed that explicitly states it meets the requirements of the relevant standard,” Willette writes.

“When evaluating PPE or ESE, look for the label—it’s your confirmation that the equipment is NFPA-compliant and can serve as a benchmark as you evaluate comparable, labeled products,” Willette writes. 


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