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The new app joins our existing Apple iOS app for iPad and iPhone, which recently underwent a series of improvements to further enhance the reader experience. The arrival of our Android app means that Journal is now available to all on-the-go readers on any mobile device. And both apps are free.

There's plenty to enjoy in the March/April issue of the magazine, whether you're looking at it in print, online, or via the apps. Our cover story, "Resilience," is a deep dive into the hot-button concept of resiliency and how it is reshaping the way governments, businesses, and communities think about emergency management and preparedness, as well as the critical role of NFPA in shaping the important tools used to achieve resilience.

This issue also looks at concerns related to industrial and storage occupancies, and includes "New Frontier," a feature on the rapid rise of new gas and oil extraction methods that are causing potentially big problems for rural fire departments charged with responding to drilling and fuel storage fires and other incidents.

A second industrial hazards feature story, "Credible Risk," written by NFPA's Guy Colonna, division manager of industrial and chemical engineering, introduces readers to a new dust standard, NFPA 652, Fundamentals of Combustible Dust, designed to provide the general requirements for management of combustible dust fire and explosion hazards across a range of industries and commodities. 

As always, our columns and departments deliver timely information on a range of fire, electrical, and life safety topics. Check out the new issue now.

Holyoke burn demonstration
Old Man Winter kept his firm grip on New England last week by dipping temperatures into the single digits during a legislative breakfast hosted by the Western Massachusetts Fire Chiefs Association in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Piercing the bitter chill, albeit briefly, was a fiery display that did what it was intended to do: get the attention of key politicians. 

Within minutes, the side-by-side burn demonstration--one structure equipped with sprinklers, one without--showcased to an array of state and local legislators that fire shows no mercy. (The temperature in the unsprinklered structure rapidly reached 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit.) What they also saw firsthand was the immense speed at which home fire sprinklers can react to fire's fury. 

Read more by visiting the Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog. 

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