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Screen Shot 2015-01-13 at 3.13.39 PMThe January/February 2015 NFPA Journal is out, with a cover story that takes an in-depth look at important new research that is changing how fire departments fight residential fires.

The issue also includes health care-related features on a sprinkler retrofit in an Oregon critical-care facility, and the need for streamlining the sometimes complex layers of health care regulations. We also feature an in-depth conversation with a personal protective equipment (PPE) expert on some of the key PPE takeaways following the recent—and, in West Africa, the ongoing—Ebola outbreak. In our “Perspectives” department, a Connecticut fire marshal shares her experience of a kitchen fire in her own home.

In his cover story, “Tactics 2.0,” Journal staff writer Jesse Roman looks at recent research, conducted by Underwriters Laboratories and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, that evaluates firefighting tactics in residential fires. The highly combustible contents of modern homes, as well as the materials and building techniques used to construct those homes, are leading to much more aggressive fires and prompting the fire service to rethink some of the fundamental ways it attacks these kinds of fires. The Journal package is of interest not just to the fire service but to anyone involved in residential fire safety, from builders and installers to insurers and public safety experts.

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!|src=|alt=New York|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=New York|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef01b7c7357930970b img-responsive!A New York association representing thousands of volunteer firefighters initiated a series of informational sessions for firefighters that discuss the importance of updating the state's building code and the necessity of not excluding a home fire sprinkler provision.

At a recent legislative outreach meeting, about 50 firefighters heard how the Firemen's Association of the State of New York (FASNY) will be encouraging the New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council to update the Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code. FASNY is urging the code council to adopt the 2015 edition of the International Residential Code, including the requirement to sprinkler new, one- and two-family dwellings.


Per a recent news story in the +Watertown Daily Times,+ FASNY's goal is twofold: bolster fire service support for the code update and inform legislators of the association's stance. For more information, visit the Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.


!|src=|alt=|style=padding: 0; margin: 0; border: 0; display: block; width: 80px; max-width: 100%;!Fire fatalities surpass last year's in a state grappling with home fires

Safety SourceThe January issue of Safety Source, NFPA's public education enewsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, you will find;  

  • New Dan Doofus video about smoke alarms
  • Updated EMAC messages
  • activity helps reinforce "stay away from hot things" message
  • Infographic highlights winter fire safety
  • A new contest rewards the ingenuity of youth to create fire-safety messages. 

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Metro fire
Passengers react Monday afternoon as smoke fills a Metro train in a tunnel outside L’Enfant Plaza Metro station. Photo: Saleh Damiger, The Washington Post.

One woman died, and 84 people were taken to hospitals, after smoke filled the L'Enfant Plaza metro station in Washington, DC, on Monday afternoon. According to a report on, the National Transportation and Safety Board says an electrical arcing event sparked the incident.

"There was an electrical arcing event involving the trackside power cables (the third rail)," said a statement from the NTSB's Peter Knudson.

A six-car Yellow line train was southbound from L'Enfant station when sparks were noticed about 1,100 feet in front of the train as the tunnel filed with smoke.



From NFPA Journal®, July/August 2010
Designing smoke control for a pair of new AeroTrain stations at Washington Dulles International Airport meant using different approaches to achieve the same end: allowing passengers to evacuate as quickly and as safely as possible.  

The new AeroTrain transit system is a critical part of the upgrades underway at Washington Dulles International Airport. The system, which began operation in February, connects current and future concourses via an underground tunnel system, and it was important to design the system in a way that provided not only swift and efficient movement of passengers, but also maximized the protection of passengers and first responders in the event of an emergency. Read the full article by Karl Decker.

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