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On a blistery cold morning in Fall River, Massachusetts, Firefighter Paul Machado and his crew were tasked with searching for a missing woman inside a two-and-a-half story home on fire. While inside the dwelling, their efforts were exacerbated by the fast-moving blaze, which knocked Machado to the ground.

He attempted to seek safety by heading down to the first floor, but the fire was too intense. Since his radio had melted, calling in a "Mayday" was impossible. His only opportunity for escape was to fling himself from a window. He sustained numerous injuries and burns from the incident. He was sidelined for a year during a painstaking recovery effort. Home fire sprinklers, he says, would have drastically altered the outcome of the fire.


Machado is the newest member of NFPA's Faces of Fire, a component of the[ Fire Sprinkler Initiative |] that underscores the human impact of fire. NFPA has collaborated with the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors to identify and showcase Machado and other Faces of Fire subjects. These personal stories are vastly important, as they showcase the devastation home fire leaves in its wake and tragedies thwarted thanks to sprinklers. They are also powerful tools that can help convince discerning code officials and legislative bodies that sprinkler requirements go beyond being a "cost issue." 


* !|src=|alt=Act-Now-small|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=Act-Now-small|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a0162ff1d4766970d01bb08140871970d img-responsive!Please help spread Machado's story by:*

    • copying and pasting the YouTube URL into a Facebook post or Twitter tweet

    • embedding the video into a webpage

    • emailing the YouTube URL to your coworkers and share Paul's story with them

downloading a copy of the video from the Fire Sprinkler Initiative site and embedding it in a presentation on home fire safety/sprinklers


!|src=|alt=|style=padding: 0; margin: 0; border: 0; display: block; width: 80px; max-width: 100%;!Major sprinkler victory in New Jersey highlighted in recent edition of NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative newsletter
!|src=|alt=|style=padding: 0; margin: 0; border: 0; display: block; width: 80px; max-width: 100%;!If you are looking for a succinct article underscoring the necessity of home fire sprinklers, this is it

Do you want to make a difference? NFPA’s Human Resources team is looking for an HR Generalist with a specialty in compensation. The successful candidate will have a well-rounded background in coaching and counseling both managers and employees; solid competency across most HR functions including benefits administration, recruiting and compliance; and have a working knowledge of compensation strategy, structure and analysis. Applicants should be well versed in handling confidential correspondence and consistently exercise a high degree of discretion in handling employee issues. The position requires a refined sense of relationship building, initiative, common sense, verbal & written communication, confidentiality and strong background in data analysis, reporting, development of plans and programs that link to business objectives and drives performance and results. 

This person will work out of NFPA's Quincy, MA headquarters. If you think you are a fit for this position, or know someone who is, take a look at our careers webpage for further details. You can also apply online!

Marathon blog
Aside from the sadness and anger, the one thing I remember most about living in Boston during the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings was the unshakable disbelief. I can’t tell you how many times I thought, or muttered, or heard someone say to no one in particular, “I can’t believe this is happening right now.”

In seconds, Patriots Day, a long-awaited celebration of spring and community, was marred in the most evil way. In hours, media from all over the world converged on our city, and soldiers with guns popped up everywhere. Days later, a Hollywood-style shootout happened on the street, followed by a manhunt that played out on live television like a reality show being filmed right outside our windows. Everyone I know in Boston spent that entire April day in front of the television, glued to CNN. Helicopters buzzed overhead, and police cars and armored vehicles whizzed by, disrupting the surreal silence of a city under a mandatory shelter in place order.

The heroes during this strange time were the first responders, and their unflappable leaders—Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, Boston Police Chief Ed Davis, and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino—who held press conferences nearly every hour to let us all know what was going on. One of those recognizable faces on television was Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency Director Kurt Schwartz.

I recently had the honor of interviewing Schwartz for the cover story “Resilience” in the March/April issue of NFPA Journal. What he had to say was so compelling, so interesting, and so engaging that I thought it was appropriate to get rid of me altogether and just let him tell the story, in his own words, about what it was like to manage the emergency response in the aftermath of one of the most high-profile terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. You can read the full version of Schwartz’s interview at 


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