Smart firefighting, home fire sprinkler advocates, fire as a weapon—those are just a few of the topics covered in the November/December issue of NFPA Journal.
In our cover story, "Data Driven," staff writer Jesse Roman travels to New York City, where the FDNY gives him an up-close look at a new risk-based building inspection system that represents the cutting edge of “smart firefighting”—the fire service’s use of data to help it save lives, reduce property loss, and protect firefighters. The story also looks at an ambitious project, undertaken by the Fire Protection Research Foundation and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, to chart a course for the further development of smart firefighting, a concept that could have a dramatic impact on the fire service.
This issue also takes a closer look at the world of home fire sprinklers, including a feature by Fred Durso, Jr., communications manager for NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative, which profiles four movers and shakers around the country who are working to make home fire sprinkler requirements a reality. In our “Perspectives” conversation, we talk with Tonya Hoover, California’s state fire marshal, about the challenges associated with getting statewide home fire sprinkler requirements on the books—and keeping them there.
Our “In A Flash” section leads with a fascinating update on the concept of fire as a weapon, which the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association addressed at the recent Urban Fire Forum. A number of recent terrorist actions have included fire as a means to kill, destroy property, and gain media attention, and first responders and law enforcement are exploring ways to work together to combat this emerging threat.
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