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 As the number and complexity of data and telecommunications centers grows, NFPA standards are evolving to address their fire protection needs.  The Research Foundation is initiating a study to explore the performance of gaseous fire suppression systems in high airflow spaces created by these centers.  A Request for Proposals  for Project Contractor has been issued; proposals should be submitted to Amanda Kimball by January 9, 2015, 5 pm EST.

by NFPA's Michele Steinberg

Well, the day I have been dreading for many months is finally here. On this last day of 2014, I say goodbye to my very dear friend and colleague, Linda Coyle, as she goes off to a happy and healthy retirement.

Cheryl Blake, Linda and me, December 2014

Linda's one of a dwindling breed. Here at NFPA, there are a number of women in administrative (formerly known as secretarial) positions who are, as we say, "of a certain age." Linda has happily been part of this group that lunches together daily, calls themselves "The Golden Girls" with big smiles, gets together for extracurricular events sometimes, and quietly and efficiently keep the wheels turning behind the scenes at NFPA. As her lunch bunch has, one by one, sailed off into the retirement sunset, I knew it was inevitable that Linda would join them at some point. As much as they like to be known as a group, however, I have known Linda for 15 years and I recognize her individual talent and contributions, regardless of title, status, age or anything you could use to put her in a category.

Read Michele's entire post.

Minnesota StateStrong, public support for home fire sprinklers by Minnesota fire service officials and the state's governor has paid off. A mandatory provision to sprinkler all of the state's new homes larger than 4,500 square feet takes effect this month.

For years, sprinkler opponents have attempted to thwart such requirements through the Minnesota State Legislature, which passed bills in 2011 and 2012 prohibiting new sprinkler mandates in the state's building code. Governor Mark Dayton, however, vetoed both bills. 

The state's Department of Labor and Industry has been looking to incorporate more stringent sprinkler provisions in the code, which already requires sprinklers in two-family dwellings and townhomes of a certain size. When interviewed by NFPA Journal in 2013, Labor and Industry Commissioner Ken Peterson addressed concerns posed by the state's homebuilding industry. Read his response by visiting NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.

Fire Truck

by NFPA's Lisa Braxton

Conversations I’ve had with my sister recently about smoke alarm safety have paid off. For months, Sylvia has been concerned about the smoke alarms in her house. One alarm didn’t seem to be working and had her worried. She sent a request to the non-emergency page of the Montgomery County government website in Maryland where she lives, to have the fire department come to the house to inspect the alarms.

Sylvia and Lisa (2)Within a few days a fire truck rolled up to the curb. Firefighters confirmed her suspicions about the non-functioning alarm. And they had more news: The alarms in the house were 15 years old. On one alarm, firefighters couldn’t even find the date. They installed new smoke alarms with non-replaceable (long-life) batteries designed to remain effective for up to 10 years.

After the installation was completed, Sylvia sent me an email. “Thanks sis,” she said. “I feel safer now.” I sent one back. “Glad you took care of that. Now we can both sleep easier.”

Supdet 2014

A photo from the 2014 SupDet event in Orlando.

by NFPA's Amanda Kimball

Registration is now open for the Foundation's 2015 Suppression, Detection, and Signaling Research and Applications Symposium (SupDet), which will be held March 3-6, 2015 at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive in Orlando, Florida.  SupDet 2015 will feature over 30 presentations including:

  • Latest in detection and signaling research including detection of cooking fires, carbon monoxide detection, development of test methods for nuisance resistance for detectors and alarms, and detection applications including nuclear power plants.
  • Latest in suppression research including storage protection applications, dry sprinkler systems, lithium ion protection, hybrid suppression systems, and special applications including heavy duty vehicles.

For the full program, please visit the Foundation's website.

There will also be a free-half day workshop on "Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance (ITM) of Fire Protection Systems: Improving the Effectiveness of Systems" open to all attendees on Wednesday, March 4th.  

REGISTER TODAY for the full symposium, or choose either the Detection Program or the Suppression Program. All registration options entitle you to attend the workshop on Wednesday, March 4.

Sponsorship options are also available - please contact Amanda Kimball at the Foundation ( if you are interested.

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