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Ken and Sparky

A TV program in Germany recently contacted us with the following question: Why is a dalmatian the mascot of NFPA?  We videotaped the answer today, thanks to the help of Ken Willette, our division manager for public fire protection, and Sparky the Fire Dog®.

Anyone out there know the answer to that question? Tell us what you think – we’ll share Ken’s official answer tomorrow and see who knows their fire history.

MA state fire marshal
“I have responded to hundreds of fatal fires in my state, and it’s hard to rationalize how decisions [on mandatory home fire sprinkler installations] can be based strictly on cost while not recognizing the effect fire has on our society,” says Massachusetts State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan, who has headed the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services since its creation in 1995.

For years, Coan has been a tireless force in the push for statewide sprinkler requirements. His department has a seat on the state's Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS), which adopts building regulations and administers provisions of the state building code. Though he's urged the BBRS to adopt sprinkler requirements, the board has voted against these endeavors on numerous occasions.

Learn about Coan's push for home fire sprinklers by visiting the Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.

We are delighted to welcome two new staff to our Denver and Quincy offices. Tom Welle joins the Denver office as a senior project manager and supervisor. Faith Berry joins the Quincy office as an associate project manager. Both Tom and Faith will contribute to the Division's mission of reducing risks to life and property from wildfire through advocacy, outreach, education, research and codes and standards.

TomTom joins NFPA from a career in public service and wildland firefighting. Most recently, he spent more than a decade with Douglas County, Colorado, as a ranger and land management specialist. He has also instructed technical firefighting classes and volunteers with the Colorado Civil Wing Air Patrol.

F Faithaith is familiar to readers of Fire Break as one of NFPA's six Firewise Regional Advisors, contracted with NFPA from 2011 to 2013. Faith has extensive experience in working with communities on fire and land management issues, including work as a firefighter, park ranger, and Fire Safe Council coordinator. 

Everyone here at NFPA looks forward to working with the expanded team on all of NFPA's wildland fire safety projects and programs. Help us welcome Tom and Faith by leaving thoughts and comments below!

by Amanda Kimball

There are two open Requests for Proposals for Foundation projects. The projects are "Protection of Storage Under Sloped Ceilings - Phase 1" and "Use of Gaseous Suppression Systems in High-Airflow Spaces: Capabilities and Knowledge Gaps".  Both RFPs are accessible from the Foundation website.

Proposals for the protection of storage under sloped ceilings project are due December 18. Proposals for the use of gaseous suppression systems in high-airflow spaces are due January 9. Please contact Amanda Kimball at the Foundation with any questions.

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