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We at NFPA have given you yet another tool to help stay on top of important sprinkler news and new resources for your advocacy efforts. The Fire Sprinkler Initiative has officially joined Twitter!


If you're on Twitter, please follow us (our handle: @NFPA_FSI ), since we will be regularly tweeting out important tidbits. Add our handle to any of your sprinkler-related tweets to get our attention.


Not on Twitter? Please consider joining. In today's social media-savvy society, staying in the know has never been easier. Speaking from experience, I joined about a year ago (@FredDursoJr ) after taking on the role of communications manager for NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative, and this platform has given me the ability to connect with sprinkler advocates from across the globe. The more connected sprinkler advocates are, the greater ability we have at standing united in support of safer homes across North America.

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Fdny 2Today is a big day. The New York City Fire Department celebrates their 150th birthday! As their birthday wish, they want every New Yorker protected by working smoke alarms and to learn CPR. This is one birthday wish we couldn't agree more on - but we think it should be extended to everyone, everywhere! 

Sparky the Fire Dog, and everyone here at NFPA wish the happiest of birthdays, and the safest of birthdays to the FDNY. Here's hoping your birthday wish comes true across the nation, and world! 

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

  • New tip sheet on Shabbat fire safety
  • Public Education Division welcomes regional specialists
  • CO educational resources
  • Earth Day activities on
  • Grant helps boost home fire sprinkler advocacy and education 
  • Some measures designed to address school shooting may adversely affect fire safety

Don't miss an issue! Sign up now and be the first to get the latest information on happenings in the public education division, activities, fire statistics, trends, educational tips, Sparky the Fire Dog® and more.

April 2015 Fire Sprinkler Initiative newsletterIn its recent report, "Characteristics of Home Fire Victims," NFPA analyzed key demographics to paint an alarming portrait of the people at most risk of dying in fire.

Get more information on the report and the fire problem in your state by reading the latest edition of NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative newsletter. The issue also includes stories on:

  • the fire deaths of seven children in a state that has not updated its building code in years
  • a homebuilder who cost-effectively sprinklered his parent's home
  • a sprinkler advocate who counters the popular argument that "sprinklers will price out homebuyers"

Don't miss an issue of the Fire Sprinkler Initiative newsletter; subscribe today, and each monthly issue will be sent directly to your inbox. It takes but a few seconds to subscribe.


We mentioned to you previously the Paradigm Challenge campaign, which NFPA supports, designed to get kids ages 7 to 18 involved in reducing deaths and injuries due to home fires by contributing their own fire safety ideas. 

This month, there is a great contest underway: Make or Bake for Change. Because almost half of all home fires start in the kitchen and unattended cooking is the primary cause, kids were asked to submit a photo that showed something they made or baked spelling out the word 'change.' The 10 entries with the most votes by the end of the month will receive cash prizes of up to $1000.

Some great entries were uploaded - so take a look! You can vote once a day for as many entries as you like. Good luck to all of the entrants!

The NFPA, as we do every year, mailed out our Fire Experience survey to fire departments across the country. This survey directly contributes to the following NFPA reports:

In addition, the survey results enable the NFPA, USFA and CPSC to develop national estimates for fire causes based on the annual National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) data.

IpadTo help motivate everyone to complete their surveys on time this year, we held a drawing where all Fire Departments that submitted a completed Fire Service Experience Form before April 15, 2015 were eligible for one of eight 32 GB Wi-Fi IPAD Airs and their choice of one of NFPA’s Public Fire Protection Standards!

Winners have been randomly chosen and are: 

  • Little Miami department, Cincinnati, OH
  • Hamilton department, Hamilton, MA
  • Somers department, Somers, MT
  • Philadelphia department, Philadelphia, NY
  • Cumberland department, Cumberland, WI
  • Pittsboro department, Pittsboro, IN
  • Bolingbrook department, Bolinbrook, IL
  • Cascade Rural Fire District, Cascade, ID

Congratulations to all of our winners, NFPA staff will be in contact this week. 

There is still time to submit your survey if you have not yet done so! Please continue to return surveys through May 15th. FYI, there is now also an electronic version of this survey that can be filled out on-line. If you would like to use this electronic option go or email us at stating that you would like to use this option. When responding to the survey on-line, please use the Fire Department identification number that you’ll find on the top line of the address label on the paper survey.

CaptureAn automotive fire apparatus fleet must be maintained in the highest state of readiness in order to immediately respond to an emergency. The provision of a reliable firefighting apparatus is one of the most important capital assets of a local government. The Technical Committee on Fire Department Apparatus has required that “tires shall be replaced at least every seven (7) years or more frequently…” This requirement was incorporated in a complete rewrite of the 2007 edition of NFPA 1911, and lacks supporting scientific documentation. Due to high capital costs, the decision for replacing fire apparatus tires should be based on an objective decision making process. The required replacement of tires after seven (7) years is placing an undue financial burden on departments and agencies trying to comply with the 1911 requirements. In addition, the waste of natural resources and the need for proper disposal or reprocessing of the tire have an unfavorable effect on the environment.

The goal of this project was to determine if there is evidence that supports a mandatory seven (7) years replacement schedule for Fire Department Apparatus tires, to develop guidance for fire departments regarding the replacement of apparatus tires, and provide recommendations for future revisions of this requirement in NFPA 1911.

The report, "Automotive Fire Apparatus Tire Replacement" authored by Sreenivasan Ranganathan and Minchao Yin with the Fire Protection Research Foundation, is now published and available for download (free as always). 

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 is celebrating Earth Day today and throughout the month of April. He's partnered with NFPA's Firewise Communities Program to develop a great checklist that parents and kids can do together to help protect their homes from wildfire. By checking off everything on the list you will be helping to protect animals, trees, plants and your home!

To get started, you'll need a(n): Green

Next, grab your family members and head outside to work on your checklist! If you can, ask your neighbors and friends to get involved, too. And don't forget, take a picture of yourself in action! Share with our Firewise audience how you and your family are working together to help reduce your risk of wildfire damage in your neighborhood and keeping the earth clean and safe for all of us!

The Fire Protection Research Foundation has a new research project underway to clarify contaminant removal from fire fighters’ personal protective equipment (PPE).  This project is titled: Investigation of Turnout Clothing Contamination and Validation of Cleaning Procedures – Phase 1.

While general cleaning procedures have been established in NFPA 1851, Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting, more science is needed to support, clarify and enhance those procedures to ensure optimum contaminant removal.

This issue is of serious concern to today’s fire service community, particularly as cancer - a leading concern for fire fighter health – is presumably linked to fireground exposures and associated PPE contamination.

The first phase of the Foundation project focuses on gathering information and data to identify and characterize persistent contaminants in fire fighter PPE.  An RFP was recently issued (with a due date of 8/May) and the final report on Phase 1 is scheduled for late 2015.

101SET15NFPA has issued the following errata on NFPA 101, Life Safety Code®:

  • NFPA 101, Errata 101-15-5, referencing,,,,,,, and of the 2015 edition.  Issuance date: April 17, 2015

An errata is a correction issued to an NFPA Standard, published in NFPA News, Codes Online, and included in any further distribution of the document.

“It’s not hard to find any of us being seemingly annoyed that the NFPA doesn’t listen to what FIREFIGHTERS have to say. Actually, they do – and more than ever – especially since input via the internet makes it easy for NFPA committees to truly represent what FIREFIGHTERS need… not just the few at the table.”

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That’s from a blog posted on last week's, home of The Secret List. The post came at just the right time, as NFPA launches a new campaign, “Standards in Action: Your Voice Matters,” in an effort to increase fire service participation in our standards-making process.

“Standards in Action: Your Voice Matters” features quick, easy and free online access to public input and comments on NFPA standards. We’ll also be more consistently reaching out to the fire service to make sure they’re aware of opportunities to participate in our standards as they arise. In addition, we’re encouraging firefighters to get involved in NFPA standards in other ways, such as participating in committee meetings.

If you’re a firefighter, let us know what’s working for you within NFPA’s standards and what isn’t - visit our Standards in Action page to get started. Your voice matters, and we want to hear it! (A special thanks to Chief Billy Goldfeder with The Secret List for pointing that out.)

At its April 7-8, 2015 meeting, the NFPA Standards Council considered an appeal regarding the issuance of a proposed Tentative Interim Amendment (TIA) No. 1162 on section 625.17(B) of the 2014 edition of NFPA 70, National Electrical Code.

The Standards Council has issued its final decision on this appeal as follows:

The NFPA Standards Council is a 13-person committee appointed by the NFPA Board of Directors that oversees the Association's codes and standards development activities, administers the rules and regulations, and acts as an appeals body. The Council administers about 250 NFPA Technical Committees and their work on nearly 300 documents addressing topics of importance to the built environment.

By NFPA's Cathy Prudhomme

Participating in Wildfire Community Preparedness Day (May 2) and America’s PrepareAthon (April 30) helps communities and individuals prepare before wildfires happen. By cross-promoting the two campaigns NFPA and FEMA are able to maximize the number of stakeholders that can share the information and emphasize the importance of mitigation, communication and evacuation preparedness actions.

Join the effort by sharing these tips with neighbors, family members and friends:

  • Take Action: Conduct a drill, exercise or other preparedness activity that will help your family or community become more prepared. Performing simple wildfire mitigation activities on your property, creating a family communication plan or going through evacuation routes are great ways to practice wildfire preparedness. 
  • Be Counted: Register your 2015 Wildfire Community Preparedness Day trainings, drills, exercises, workshops, community discussions, and other preparedness activities on the America’s PrepareAthon! website and add your efforts to the Put Your Project on the Map feature. 
  • Spread the Word: Show your support for these two grassroots campaigns and your commitment to wildfire preparedness. Spread the word within your community and take advantage of the wildfire preparedness logos, web banners, digital invitations, posters, and how-to guides available through the America’s PrepareAthon! website and

Be Smart. Take Part. Prepare for wildfire safety. Participate in Wildfire Community Preparedness Day and show your support for America’s PrepareAthon!

Visit or for more information and preparedness resources. Connect with us on Twitter @Prepareathon or @NFPA.

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Fire BreakThe April issue of Fire Break, NFPA’s Wildland Fire Operations Division newsletter, is now available for viewing. Here’s what you’ll find in this month’s issue:

  • The 2014 Firewise Communities/USA Recognition Program final numbers
  • A list of presenters and sessions for NFPA’s Backyards & Beyond wildland fire conference in October
  • New research around fire activity predictions and how it’s helping scientists better understand fire behavior
  • Important information about grilling safely in high-risk wildfire areas (and even in areas that are not prone to large wildfires!)
  • A cool new animation video that encourages participation in national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on May 2

...and much more. We want to continue to share all of this great information with you, so don’t miss an issue! So subscribe today. It’s free! Just click here to add your e-mail address to our newsletter list.

If you are looking for ways to earn CEUs in a short amount of time, attending NFPA’s Conference & Expo in Chicago this June is the way to go. There are a total of 133 sessions being offered at the Conference & Expo June 22-25.

Ceus_clip_image001Attendees will earn .1 CEU for each 60-minute session and .2 CEUs for each of the 90-minute sessions. That means you can earn as many as 1.5 CEUs. Details on how to receive credit for CEUs earned and how to access transcript records following the Conference will be available via the 2015 NFPA C&E Mobile App and on 2015 NFPA Conference CEUs may be applicable toward the professional education requirements of the following organizations:

  • American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP)
  • Firestop Contractors International Association (FCIA)
  • International Code Council (ICC)
  • National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB)
  • National Fireproofing Contractors Association (NFCA)
  • National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET)
  • NFPA Certified Electrical Safety Compliance Professional (CESCP)
  • NFPA Certified Electrical Safety Worker (CESW)
  • NFPA Certified Fire Inspector I (CFI-I)
  • NFPA Certified Fire Inspector II (CFI-II)
  • NFPA Certified Fire Plans Examiner (CFPE)
  • NFPA Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS®)

Note that eligibility and reporting procedures vary. name is Jesse Roman, I am the staff writer of NFPA Journal, and I am a podcast addict. I find myself listening in the car, while I’m cooking dinner, brushing my teeth, doing yard work—you name it, if it doesn’t involve a pool, I’ve probably got my ear buds in. For me, podcasts are a great way to be engaged and learning while I’m taking care of some of life’s more mundane and mindless tasks.

We figured that NFPA Journal readers probably drive cars, cook dinner, and run errands, too, and might enjoy listening to a podcast focused on fire, electrical and life safety issues. So today we are announcing the launch of that podcast, tentatively named NFPA Journal Podcast (clever, isn’t it?)

The idea of the podcast is to explore in greater depth some of the issues and topics covered in the NFPA Journal and bring them to you in audio form. Each month, we will pick an interesting article, column, or idea from Journal, and talk to the author or an expert, and dive deep into what the issues are, and what you should know— all in 20 minutes or less.

New podcasts will be released on iTunes the second Tuesday of every month. Please subscribe on iTunes, and let us know what you think!

The first edition of NFPA Journal Podcast (released April 14) covers the concept of resiliency—which in recent years has become a huge buzzword in the emergency planning, security and business worlds. Resiliency was also the topic of our cover story in the March/April issue of NFPA Journal.

Our podcast’s first guest, Don Bliss, the vice president of field operations at NFPA and the former fire marshal for the state of New Hampshire, is NFPA’s resident resiliency expert. He’s been a driving force in NFPA’s push to explore how the organization can embed more resiliency concepts into its codes and standards.

Don is a great interview, he’s a very knowledgeable fellow and I think you’ll learn a lot from him. My nasally voice might take some getting used to, but maybe in time you’ll come to appreciate that, too!

Anyway, please check out the new podcast, subscribe on iTunes and let us know what you think. It’ll at least give you something to do while you’re cleaning out the gutters this weekend.

If you have any questions, comments, suggestions or ideas for future podcasts or for NFPA Journal articles, please let me know! Email me at

To listen and subscribe to NFPA Journal podcast on iTunes, visit:

Or, if you want to listen to the podcast from your desktop computer, you can click here


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We're giving home fire sprinkler advocates across North America extra time to submit applications for NFPA's Bringing Safety Home Grant. The deadline for submissions has been extended to April 30. This is your chance to secure up to* $10,000* to fund an extensive sprinkler campaign or project in your state or region.


Craving some ideas on how to use these funds? We've developed a menu of options that includes:

    • creating a state/regional sprinkler summit bringing together key allies to share information and develop a sprinkler strategy

    • developing a local advertising campaign underscoring the benefits of home fire sprinklers

    • initiating a legislative campaign in support of a new sprinkler bill


We've made the application process a painless one. For all details, please visit NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative site.


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Fire service training institutions and associated organizations representing fire personnel, training, and curriculum development are varied in curricula and the number of hours that recruit or initial fire fighter candidates formally attend training programs. While NFPA professional qualifications standards are not intended as training documents, many training institutions refer to the standards when designing and implementing a curriculum.

The purpose of this project is to identify state and provincial fire service training institutions and survey them about curricula and number of formal training hours of recruit or initial fire service fire fighter training including awareness and operations level hazardous materials. This information will be compared to the certification numbers for each program in order to determine which programs are more successful.

Download the complete report,  "Analysis of Recruit/Initial Fire Fighter Trainings Curricula" authored by Patrick Mulherin and Beth Weckman with University of Waterloo, free of charge from the Foundation website. 

For several cycles, the technical committee for NFPA 25, Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems, has discussed the concept of adding a chapter on system tagging. One of the reasons that this has not been done is that there are several different statewide or local tagging programs that exist and the committee has not been able to identify and study all of them to form the basis of a program that is suitable for the standard.

The Fire Protection Research Foundation undertook a project with the goal to provide information on state and city tagging requirements to the NFPA 25 technical committee to serve as the technical basis for any tagging program for the standard. The findings have recently been published in the report, "Water-Based Fire Protection System Tagging Review" authored by Sreenivasan Ranganathan and Minchao Yin with the Foundation.

Download the complete report, free of charge, from the Foundation website


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Earlier this year, a resident discarded smoking materials in a small, plastic trashcan in her garage. A fire spread from the trashcan to a nearby upholstered chair, eventually activating a sprinkler head. (Sprinklers in accordance to NFPA 13D, +Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes,+ are not required in garages. The resident's jurisdiction, however, requires sprinklers in these areas when an occupied living area is above the garage.)

The sprinkler head completely extinguished the fire. There was minimal damage to the garage, no damage to the adjacent living area, and the garage was dried out in two hours. 


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Looking for other examples of sprinkler saves from across North America? Check out the Sprinkler Saves website.


!|src=|alt=|style=padding: 0; margin: 0; border: 0; display: block; width: 80px; max-width: 100%;!Dual purpose: Firefighter doubles as a homebuilder who embraces home fire sprinklers - NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative

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For the second time in three years, NFPA used its consensus standards development system to address an urgent need for safeguarding industrial hazards.   

On April 17, 2013, an ammonium nitrate storage facility in the small town of West, Texas, caught fire and exploded with devastating force. The blast destroyed most of the West Fertilizer Company facility and damaged or leveled nearly every structure within a 1,500-foot radius, including homes, schools, and a nursing home. Fifteen people were killed, including 10 members of the town’s volunteer fire department, and about 200 were injured. Damage estimates approached $250 million. 

Soon after the West disaster, NFPA’s Technical Committee on Hazardous Chemicals, responsible for NFPA 400, Hazardous Materials Code, collaborated with the U.S. Chemical Safety Board and other safety organizations to examine requirements for new and existing facilities that handle or store ammonium nitrate, or AN.  In just two years, the NFPA has completed work on a new edition of NFPA 400 that will strengthen the requirements for ammonium nitrate and will help prevent similar incidents.

AN is used as a fertilizer with a wide range of applications. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that there are 13,000 facilities similar to West Fertilizer Company in the US.

NFPA’s standards development process provided the forum where diverse stakeholders from the technical committee, federal agencies such as the Chemical Safety Board, the fertilizer industry, enforcing officials including state fire marshals,  and emergency responders worked together to develop changes to the AN requirements in NFPA 400. 

NFPA’s Hazardous Chemicals technical committee, based on work developed by a task group of the Committee, approved a number of important changes to the AN requirements in the 2016 edition of NFPA 400 to further protect workers, emergency responders, the public and facilities from the hazards of AN in the event of a fire.  This new edition of NFPA 400 will also aid OSHA and EPA as they examine federal regulations governing AN storage and handling as part of President Obama’s Executive Order focus on chemical facility safety and security.

The 2016 edition of NFPA 400 is scheduled to be issued on May 26, 2015.  The specific AN requirement changes and the issues behind them will be featured in the May/June issue of NFPA Journal. So be on the lookout for the next issue.

In addition, NFPA’s Conference & Expo in Chicago will include an education session on the important issues discussed by the technical committee and the rationale behind the changes. The session (T33) is scheduled for June 23 at 11:00am.

NFPA’s standards development process also addressed safeguarding industrial hazards following the deadly gas explosion at the Kleen Energy power plant in Middletown, Connecticut in 2010. NFPA moved quickly to develop its first provisional standard, NFPA 56 (PS), Fire and Explosion Prevention During Cleaning and Purging of Flammable Gas Piping Systems, issued in 2011.

The NFPA Hazardous Chemicals technical committee is expected to resume work on future editions of NFPA 400, including continued review of AN provisions based on further information from the pending investigations and future research on classification of AN formulations. You can monitor the work on what will become the 2019 edition of NFPA 400 by setting up alerts at

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Firefighter and homebuilder Kevin Fitzpatrick (center) cost-effectively sprinklered his parents' new home in Alsip, Illinois.

One might expect to find Chicago Firefighter Kevin Fitzpatrick fighting fires on the roofs of residences, but he’s also been seen installing fire-treated plywood on the roofs of new homes.


As owner of Wilmot Builders, Fitzpatrick recently assisted with the build of a new, sprinkler-protected home for his parents, John and Lynn Fitzpatrick, in Alsip, Illinois. The single-family home is an outcome of the village’s sprinkler ordinance, which is in accordance with NFPA 13D, +Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes.+

The build was a learning experience since it was Fitzpatrick’s first attempt at sprinklering a home. Fortunately, he saved money on the project by selecting a sprinkler contractor who knew how to cost-effectively meet all 13D guidelines.


Read more by visiting NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.

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Do you want to make a difference? We have an ideal opportunity for a fire alarm code specialist who will independently manage technical projects of a complex nature. The technical projects will relate to the NFPA 72 National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code area of expertise, including technical committee, product development, and association activities.

The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in fire protection engineering, electrical, mechanical, civil or chemical engineering; and/or the equivalent as well as 7 to 10 years experience in the fire alarm industry.

Take a look at the complete list of job responsibilities for more information. If you think you would be a good fit and are interested in joining the team here at NFPA, submit your resume online

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NFPA's Public Fire Protection Team visited the Massachusetts Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Boston yesterday. The sacrifices of the honored are moving, and reinforced to the team the value of their standards work.

The Massachusetts Fallen Firefighters Memorial was dedicated September 11, 2007. Located at our State Capitol, the Memorial stands tall as a tribute to the spirit, courage and dedication of past, present and future firefighters. The Public Fire Protection division recommends everyone make a stop to see it if in the Boston area!

2015 NFPA Standards Directory.pngThe 2015 NFPA Standards Directory is now available for download. The Directory contains standards development information such as:

  • An introduction to the NFPA standards development process
  • the Regulations Governing the Development of NFPA Standards,Technical Meeting Convention Rules, and other procedures
  • NFPA's members of the Board of Directors, Standards Council, and advisory committees
  • Committee projects and scopes, revision cycle schedules for processing committee reports

Download a free copy of the NFPA Standards Directory (PDF, 2.4 MB), your guide to NFPA’s standards development process.


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The headlines were horrific: 


"Brooklyn Fire Kills Seven Children, City's Worst Toll Since 2007"  --The New York Times


"Father Grieves for Seven Kids Killed in Brooklyn Fire"  --New York Daily News


"Seven Children Die in Fire as Mother Pleads For Help" --Associated Press

The March tragedy is an alarming wake-up call about the gravity of home fires. Equally frustrating to members of the New York fire service is the fact that the state's building code hasn't been updated in more than nine years. Advocates have joined forces to urge the New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council to adopt the 2015 International Residential Code (IRC) in its entirety, including the provision to sprinkler newly constructed one- and two-family homes.


Backing this adoption is the New York Sprinkler Initiative, a recently formed group that consists of the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs, New York Fire State Marshals and Inspectors Association, and others.


For more information on this push in New York, visit the Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.

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NFPA has been promoting fall and fire prevention for older adults through its Remembering When program since 1998. Over the past 17 years, we've trained approximately 300 local coalitions nationwide on how to implement the program locally. In turn, those coalitions have worked diligently to educate older adults in their communities about falls and fire prevention.

Remembering When

An recent article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, “Program dedicated to educating seniors reduces rate of falls and fires”, highlighted the efforts and impact of one such coalition in Blaine, Minnesota.

Becky Booker of the Spring Lake Park-Blaine-Mounds Fire Department, and Brian McDonald, an owner of Synergy Home Care, have completed 15 presentations that have reached some 300 people since they were trained by NFPA, with more presentations planned this spring.

According to the article, when Booker and McDonald visit a facility for the first time, about 90 percent of seniors usually ask for a walk-through of their home, where simple changes can make big differences in increasing their safety from falls and fires.

NFPA’s public education division will be hosting a Remembering When scholarship conference in Orlando, FL, this November. Details about the conference will be posted online later this month; visit for more information. 

NFPA News The April issue of NFPA News, our codes and standards newsletter, is now available.

In this issue:

  • Proposed TIAs seeking public comments on NFPA 2 and NFPA 33
  • Errata issued on NFPA 70E and 5000
  • Standards Council April 2015 Agenda
  • News in brief
  • Research and Analysis Reports
  • Committees soliciting public input
  • Committees seeking members
  • Committee meetings calendar

Subscribe today! NFPA News is a free newsletter, and includes special announcements, notification of public input and comment closing dates, requests for comments, notices on the availability of Standards Council minutes, and other important news about NFPA’s standards development process.

NJ Sprinkler CoalitionWe are asking sprinkler advocates across North America to take action in support of a crucial piece of legislation.

Both the New Jersey Assembly and Senate have passed the New Home Fire Safety Act, which would require the installation of fire sprinklers in newly constructed one- and two-family homes. The legislation awaits a signature from Governor Chris Christie.

Safety advocates from the Garden State are asking sprinkler advocates from across the country to sign a petition showcasing national support for the bill.

Please show your support by signing this petition. It's quick and easy!

Why is this bill's passage so crucial? Home is where the majority of fire deaths occur in the U.S. Since New Jersey experiences roughly 60 fire deaths and more than $25 million in estimated property damage each year, fire continues to have a devastating impact on the Garden State. Home fire sprinklers are a proven technology to reduce—and eventually eliminate—these devastating losses.

Thank you for your support!

The following proposed Tentative Interim Amendment (TIA) for NFPA 33, Standard for Spray Application Using Flammable or Combustible Materials, is being published for public review and comment:

Anyone may submit a comment on this proposed TIA by the May 15, 2015 closing date. Along with your comment, please identify the number of the TIA and forward to the Secretary, Standards Council by the closing date.

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Cast your vote!  Choose your favorite rendition of the "The Star-Spangled Banner" to help us select this year’s National Anthem Singer at the 2015 NFPA Conference & Expo. Our contest began a few weeks back; since then we received many strong submissions and a panel of judges have narrowed it down to 4 amazing finalists. 

You may vote for your favorite finalist between now and April 20th through our contest webpage, or through NFPA’s Facebook page

The winner(s) will enjoy the privilege of leading us in the time-honored tradition during the Opening General Session of NFPA C&E in Chicago on Monday, June 22, 2015!

Good luck to all of our finalists!



Effective April 1st, 2015, Casey Grant will assume the leadership of the Fire Protection Research Foundation, NFPA’s research affiliate, as its executive director.  The Foundation supports NFPA’s mission through research planning, management and technology transfer, with a strong focus on the needs of NFPA’s codes and standards.

Casey holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland and a Master of Science degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, both in Fire Protection Engineering.  He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Fire Protection Engineering in the States of California and Tennessee. Casey is a Fellow of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers and the Institute of Fire Engineers.   Prior to joining the Research Foundation in 2007, Casey was the Secretary of the NFPA Standards Council and Assistant Chief Engineer. 

Reasearch column blog
Everyone knows that fighting a fire is an inherently dangerous job in the moment, but few think of the longterm health consequences for those in the fire profession. 

In her research column in the March/April issue of NFPA Journal, Kathleen Almand, the vice president of research at NFPA, writes about this silent killer and about the projects underway to better understand the risks. 

The Fire Protection Research Foundation has launched several projects in recent years, Almand writes. In 2007, the Foundation published “Respiratory Exposure Study for Fire Fighters,” focusing on developing best-practice guidance for determining when to use (and discontinue use of) self-contained breathing apparatus and other respiratory protective equipment. Last year the Foundation published “Data Collection Summary for PPE Care and Maintenance,” which focused on the questions of when gear is considered dirty and when it’s considered contaminated. 

Now the Foundation is conducting another study study, “PPE Cleaning Procedures,” a project intended to clarify the cleaning methods required by NFPA 1851, Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting.

The Foundation is currently seeking support on this topic through its website,

To read more about these efforts, visit to read Almand's column


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