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Nine new articles have been proposed for the 2017 edition of NFPA 70, National Electrical Code®, three of which focus on the generation, distribution, and storage of electrical power, says Jeff Sargent, regional electrical code specialist. 

Proposed Article 691 covers photovoltaic supply stations that can generate 5,000 kilowatts or more. These systems differ from those covered in existing Article 690, in that the power they generate only supplies electric utility transmission or distribution systems at medium or transmission-level voltages.

Proposed Article 706 covers permanently installed systems that can stand alone or interact with other electric power production sources. This article would centralize the requirements for all energy storage technologies into a single NEC article.

Finally, Proposed Article 712 covers direct-current power systems where DC sources supply power directly to a distribution system that supplies such equipment as LED lighting, communications equipment, and computers and servers. 

For more detailed information on these proposed articles, read Sargent's column "Power Oriented" in the latest issue of NFPA Journal.

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Following multiple crude oil train accidents this year, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) will host a free webinar on Thursday, June 4 at 2:00pm EDT, to help the fire service and code enforcement personnel be prepared for oil train derailment incidents.

Rail cars transporting crude oil have a tendency to explode when they derail, and the number of rail cars carrying crude has increased significantly in the last six years. Nearly 500,000 carloads of crude oil were transported by rail in 2014, up from about 9,500 in 2008, according to reports from the Association of American Railroads (AAR).

NFPA’s “High Hazard Flammable Train Transportation” webinar will present the characteristics of the crude oil being transported, the considerations for pre-incident planning, and the NFPA documents available to help prepare for oil train derailment incidents. The session will be moderated by Gary Honold, NFPA regional director and include subject matter experts Guy Colonna, NFPA division manager for fire protection applications, chemical engineering, and Ken Willette, NFPA division manager for public fire protection.

This 45-minute presentation will be followed by a question and answer period. To join this important information sharing webinar, please register before June 4. 

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The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) just launched the department portal component of its new Make Me a Firefighter volunteer recruitment campaign. Departments can now sign up to join the campaign and showcase their volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer firefighters make up 69 percent of the nation’s fire service, yet the number of volunteers has declined by about 12 percent since 1984. At the same time, call volume has nearly tripled. In addition, the average age of the volunteer fire service is increasing as departments are finding it difficult to reach millennials – those within the 18-34 age range.

To help departments counter these trends and increase the number of volunteers, the NVFC was awarded a SAFER grant from FEMA to conduct a nationwide recruitment campaign. The first component of the Make Me a Firefighter campaign consists of a department portal where volunteer and combination fire departments can register for the campaign and post their volunteer opportunities. Starting August 1, the NVFC will launch a public web site allowing potential volunteers to search for opportunities and connect with their local department.

This summer and fall, the NVFC will also be releasing resources through the campaign to help local fire departments recruit members. This includes recruitment ads and materials that departments can customize and localize using an online materials generator; tools to help departments reach target audiences such as millennials, women, and minorities; and training to assist departments in conducting a successful recruitment program. NVFC research has shown that there is strong interest in volunteering among millennials and minority audiences, and helping departments reach these largely untapped markets is a main goal of the campaign. 

Learn more about the Make Me a Firefighter campaign and the department portal by watching this video, and share it with others facing recruitment challenges: 

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Best known for his role in preventing wildfires, Smokey Bear is bringing his message of fire safety closer to home.


 

Assisting the U.S. Forest Service's beloved mascot with this effort is the California Fire Sprinkler Coalition . A favorite among attendees at the California State Fair in Sacramento (this year's event takes place July 10-26), Camp Smokey is an interactive exhibit showcasing a number of fire-safety principles. Since sprinklers are a requirement in all of California's new, one- and two-family homes and townhomes, the coalition thought fair goers would also enjoy getting up close and personal with these devices. 


 

Learn how the coalition gave Smokey a lesson in home fire sprinklers by visiting the Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.


 


 


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We've all heard the line, "Oh, the humanity!" And we've all seen the iconic photos of the German dirigible Hindenburg falling from the sky in flames at the Naval Air Station in Lakehurst, New Jersey, where it was to land. The crash killed 22 officers and crew, along with 13 passengers and 1 worker on the ground. 

It marked the end of the airship era—and started years of rumors about the cause of the fire. Was it sabotage? Was it an accident? Read "Iconic Disaster" in the May/June issue of NFPA Journal to find out more.

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Let’s stop pretending that new homes are immune from electrical fires and that they will never become old homes, says Don Bliss, vice-president of Field Operations for NFPA. Studies by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and other organizations have found that the frequency of electrical fires is higher in homes that are more than 40 years old than they are in newer homes for a number of reasons, including inadequate electrical systems, misuse of extension cords, and poorly done electrical repairs.

“The homes of today will not be immune to these conditions as they become the older homes of tomorrow,” he says.

But there is a way to keep newer homes safe from electrical fires as they age: install arc-fault circuit interrupters, or AFCIs, as specified in the 2014 edition of NFPA 70®, National Electrical Code®. Opponents of AFCIs claim that they increase the cost of new homes beyond the means of prospective buyers, but the truth is that installing AFCI’s costs about the same as a cup of coffee per month over the life of a 30-year mortgage.

Want to know more? Read Bliss’s column “Aging Adults, Aging Wiring” in the May/June issue of NFPA Journal.

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The NFPA Journal Latinoamericano® will once again sponsor free Spanish education sessions to registered participants during NFPA’s Conference & Expo. Sessions will be held on Tuesday, June 23 from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm, in room S401A. If you are interested in attending, click here to see the program (in Spanish).

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In his new column, Matt Klaus, NFPA's principal fire protection engineer and staff liaison for NFPA 13, tackles the issue of corrosion in wet-system sprinkler piping in the May/June issue of NFPA Journal.

With wet pipe systems, the main focus of limiting corrosion is on limiting the amount of air in the system. A task group studied that issue and found that installing system air vents had numerous benefits, including limiting corrosion. The findings led to a revision to the standard requiring that a single air vent be installed for each wet system. However, that idea has been controversial, with some stakeholders claiming that the requirement adds cost to property owners without any assurance that there is a long-term benefit. 

Learn more about the issue by reading Klaus's column in the new issue of NFPA Journal

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a draft guide to assist communities with preparing for and recovering from human-caused and natural disasters.  The goal of NIST’s Community Resilience Planning Guide for Buildings and Infrastructure Systems is to assist communities with being proactive with regards to resiliency, making them better able to adapt to changing climate conditions, withstand hazards, and recover efficiently in their aftermath.  Dr. Willie May’s blog on the commerce.gov website sums up the project well.  The draft will be open for comments until June 26, 2015.  Please take some time to give it a read and provide feedback.  NIST

 

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Why do we do we make the choices we do, even if we know they are not particularly healthy or safe? For the answer to that question, fire and life safety educators are turning to behavior change theory in the hope that, by shedding light on what motivates us to do what we do, they can boost their programs’ effectiveness.

Knowing why people make the life and fire safety choices they do “can be the difference between an educational initiative that falls flat and one that succeeds in creating a genuine behavioral shift,” say Karen Berard-Reed, a senior project manager for high-risk outreach in NFPA’s Public Education Division, and Andrea Vastis, a public health educator and consultant.

This is an important development in public education, they say, because too many public education programs rely on changing behavior solely by making audiences aware of risks. The challenge for safety professionals is to identify strategies that not only provide knowledge, but include attitude development and skill-building opportunities for participants. To learn more about the way public education professionals are responding to this challenge, read Berard-Reed and Vastis’ article, “Change Agents” in the May/June issue of NFPA Journal.

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This proclamation aims to raise awareness on a variety of topics, including resilient construction and fire prevention. &quot;Often it is not until after a disaster that residents are made aware of the importance of building codes,&quot; said Diane Schwartz Jones, director of the county&#39;s Department of Permitting Services, in an article that appeared on a government and public real estate news site.&#0160;


 

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What’s the environmental impact of fires? It sounds like a fairly simply question, but finding quantifiable answers isn’t quite so easy.

Yes, we know that fighting structure fires often requires an average of hundreds of gallons of water, generating run-off that includes toxins released from byproducts of burned household items, and that those toxins are also released directly into the atmosphere. But knowing how to accurately measure and quantify fire’s environmental impact from these and related factors has yet to be identified.

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Through its Environmental Impact of Fire project, the Fire Protection Research Foundation is working to figure all that out. Phase One of the project, which was recently completed, serves as a gap analysis/literature review that documents the data and methodologies currently available to measure environmental impact of fires primarily in structures, but looks at Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) fires as well. The report also reviews cost-benefit, risk-based and life-cycle methodologies, examining the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Phase Two of the project will start to fill knowledge gaps, while the project’s final goal is to quantify the actual environmental impact of a single fire, as well as fires over a period of time.

Ultimately, the findings from the Environmental Impact of Fire project will help better quantify the immediate and direct costs of fire, providing a metric for understanding the social and economic impact of fire and for assessing progress in fire prevention and protection.

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Insurance companies are businesses with a strong incentive to minimize their customer's exposure to risk. It makes sense then that insurers often play a big part in finding new and innovative ways of reducing and mitigating threats, writes Lucian Deaton who manages the Firewise Communities Program in NFPA’s Wildland Fire Operations Division.

Deaton’s new column, “Positive Connection,” in the May/June issue of NFPA Journal looks at two ways that insurers are working with NFPA to address wildfire risk. There is potential for even more, Deaton writes.

“We can look for ways to positively connect insurers with wildfire risk and advance the industry’s understanding of the threat,” he writes.

To read more about NFPA’s relationships with State Farm and USAA Insurance to reduce the wildfire threat, read Deaton’s column at nfpa.org/journal.

 


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Just yesterday, NFPA's vice president for outreach & advocacy, Lorraine Carli, said to me, "I'm not sure anyone would have ever used my name and Martha Stewart in the same sentence!" And she's right, many of us here probably never would have thought about it, but today we're happy to announce that NFPA is now a regular content contributor for Martha Stewart Living (MSL)! MS Grilling

As many of you may know, the Martha Stewart brand and mission focus on helping people live a beautiful, artful, creative and rich life everyday. Starting this month, NFPA is excited to share its safety messages with the MSL audience in a continued effort to help people create fuller lives by staying safer from fire and other related hazards.

Each month we'll write about a different fire safety topic and share it with the millions of MSL followers. This month, we write about grilling fire safetyRead the post and write a comment. You can also share it with the ones you love! 

Come June, we'll focus on outdoor party decorations and the safest way to use lighting displays. During the summer and beyond, you'll find additional posts on topics such as wildfire safetyHalloween and holiday cooking safety. We're looking forward to sharing our knowledge and passion with our Martha Stewart Living audience in the many months to come. Won't you join us? We look forward to "seeing" you!

NOTE: Image/caption first appeared on MarthaStewart.com.

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"As my own experience illustrates, you never know what you’re exposed to," says Ken Willette, division manager for Public Fire Protection at NFPA. What he was exposed to was Agent Orange.

Agent Orange is a dioxin-based defoliant used during the Vietnam War that has since been proven to be a carcinogen. Almost 40 years ago, hundreds of airport rescue firefighters, Willette among them, might have been exposed to the chemical because the aircraft used as part of their training and response duties had been sprayed with Agent Orange, traces of which remained in the planes. And they often trained without personal protective equipment (PPE).

Over the years, NFPA has sought to protect firefighters against dangerous atmospheres by producing a library of PPE standards such as NFPA 1971, Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire FightingNFPA 1981, Open-Circuit Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) for Emergency ServicesNFPA 1851, Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting; and NFPA 1852, Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Open-Circuit Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA),which contain design, testing, and certification criteria. For more information, read Willette's column "The Exposure Factor" in the May/June issue of NFPA Journal.

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One word: infographics. An eye-catching mixture of text and imagery, infographics have been a staple on social media sites in recent years due to their easily sharable format. Understanding the effectiveness of these informational tools,NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative has created a series of infographics offering quick-hit tidbits on today&#39;s sprinkler myths and the effectiveness of these devices. Our goal is for you to easily share these important points with your local public, decision makers, and others.


The new infographics include information on sprinkler installation costs, today's home fire problem, the truth about today's homebuilding materials, and why smoke alarms aren't enough to protect you from a fire.


 

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Yesterday, NFPA kicked off the grilling season with the launch of its first of two new new grilling safety videos

In our second video, "A Simple Test for Checking Gas Grill Leaks", we share a couple of quick and easy but important tips to prepare your grill before you even start to cook those burgers and steaks.

Prepare my grill, you ask? But whatever do you mean? After a long winter season of hibernation (OK, in some parts of the country!) your grill has been stored away and covered up never to see the light of day until today. It's important to do a complete safety check on the grill to ensure everyone's safety at the next cookout or BBQ.

NFPA refers to this as the "soapy bubble test" and this video takes your though the process step-by-step. Not to mention, it's kind of a cool name, eh? Take a look and let us know what you think! If you're someone who does this each year, let us know. Your diligence is sure to inspire and encourage others to do the same.

 

Find this video and other great information on our grilling fire safety web page at www.nfpa.org/grilling. And share all of the videos with your friends and family. By practicing it each time you grill and sharing your knowledge, you'll be well on your way to a having a safe and fun cookout every day of the year!

Here's to a happy and very safe grilling season, everyone!

Memorial Day weekend is just a few days away and for those of us here in New England, it could not have come at a better time. After enduring what seemed like the longest winter EVER, we can actually smell the flowers and see grass growing again!

With spring in the air most people are already planning for lots of fun outdoor parties and cookouts this weekend and beyond. Are you one of them? If you are (and I know it's true!), then you'll want to check out NFPA's newest videos that will help you kick off the grilling season safely and in style. But before you dive into those burgers, let me ask, do you:

* Know how to turn on the grill safely?
* Know what to do if the grill doesn't ignite or the flame goes out?
* Know how to turn off the grill safely?

You might be surprised at the answers. To find the correct response to these questions, watch NFPA's first of two grilling fire safety videos below or find it on our grilling fire safety web page. We believe that this short, fun video will have you thinking differently about your cookouts and BBQs from now on, AND you'll stay safer each time you fire up the grill.

 

Want more great information? Then check out our full grilling fire safety page where you'll find information about propane and charcoal grills, a great tips sheet that's easy to download and share with friends and family, interesting statistics, and our latest infographic that reminds us why grilling safely is important and should be taken seriously.

Enjoy a safe and happy grilling season, everyone!

Up next: A simple test for checking gas grill leaks.

Cappucino_200x200 Please join us for complimentary coffee at NFPA Conference & Expo®. The NFPA Certification Department is hosting a special meet-and-greet on Tuesday, June 23 from 7:00-8:00 a.m. Meet us in the Press Room at McCormick Place for your choice of beverage and for information on NFPA Certification programs. (An NFPA Conference & Expo registration is required.)

Let us know if you’d like a reminder closer to the date.

NFPA Certification Programs include: Certified Fire Protection Specialist, Certified Fire Plan Examiner, Certified Fire Inspector I, Certified Fire Inspector II, Certified Electrical Safety Compliance Professional, and Certified Electrical Safety Worker.

CESW Logo_RGB_loresThe Certified Electrical Safety Worker (CESW) program launched earlier this year. This credential is based on the NFPA 70E®, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace, 2015 Edition and is specifically designed to meet the requirements of electricians working with electrical power systems. If you work in the electrical field, be sure to take a look at this new certification as well as our existing Certified Electrical Safety Compliance Professional (CESCP) credential to see if you qualify for entry into these important programs.

To earn your certification, there are certain requirements and an exam -- we're here to assist you with any questions. Feel free to preview our catalog or reach out to us at 1.800.597.6481. The Certification team will be available for questions and answers during the Meet-and-Greet on June 23 from 7:00-8:00 a.m. as well as in the NFPA booth during expo hours. NFPA Conference & Expo is scheduled for June 22-25 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. 

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May and Arson, 2015

Posted by Chris Farrell Employee May 19, 2015

The month of May saw may different activities in the field of arson investigation. It coincided with the completion of the NFPA 921 First Draft meeting. This is where the proposed changes to the 2017 edition of NFPA 921 were moved (subject to ballot), be sure to sign up for alerts on www.nfpa.org and receive notification of when the First Draft Report is posted so you can review all proposed changes. Remember you can submit Public Comments any of those changes by going to the next edition tab of the NFPA 921 document information page (www.nfpa.org/921next) and clicking “Submit Public Comments Online”.

May also marked National Arson Awareness Week (May 3-9th). The week’s them was Accelerant Detection Canines (ADC). Check out the U.S Fire Administrations ADC site (http://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/canine/) to learn more about these amazing animals and how they aide in the field of arson investigation.

Finally may see’s the IAAI International Training Conference in Chicago (May 18th – 22nd), go to http://www.iaaiitc.com/ to find out more. Come stop by the NFPA booth to see all the products and tools NFPA has to offer.

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Let see what lies ahead and what June has to offer.

The products we store in warehouses and how we store them is a lot different today than it was just a couple decades ago. That fact is one of the driving forces behind a few of the bigger changes and updates proposed for the 2016 edition of NFPA 13, Installation of Sprinkler Systems.

The article “Big + Bigger” in the May/June issue of NFPA Journal looks at some of the more notable changes in the upcoming edition of NFPA 13, as explained by NFPA principal fire protection engineer Matt Klaus.

“Of the biggest-picture changes we made, a lot of them focused on storage applications,” Klaus said. “Warehousing and distribution have become a huge deal.”

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The changes highlighted in the NFPA Journal article include information of the new and updated commodity classification tables in NFPA 13, which take into account all of the new products, materials, packaging and storage arrangements now in widespread use. The next addition of NFPA 13 will also include new rules for protecting storage facilities that house Group A expanded exposed plastics.

Other changes include new rules for designing sprinkler systems for cloud ceiling arrangements, new metric conversions to make using the standard easier for international users, and more.

To learn all about the proposed changes and to see a list of NFPA 13 education sessions and times at the upcoming NFPA Conference and Expo in Chicago June 22-25, visit nfpa.org/journal.



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SurveyUL and NFPA have agreed to partner to create standards relating to tactical video cameras and equipment (e.g., hand-deployed, covert placement, robot-mounted) and operational (e.g., body-worn) video camera systems.

UL Standards Technical Panel 3802 is developing a performance standard for these systems, and the NFPA Technical Committee on Tactical Operations for Video Equipment and Cameras (TAC-AAA) is developing an accompanying selection, care and maintenance standard.

STP 3802 is currently seeking input from end users to determine your needs and requirements:  who uses which systems, when and how they are typically used, and what features are used. The STP would appreciate your completing a questionnaire online.  

Your input is requested by June 30th so that it can be used to guide the path forward and help to ensure that the standard meets the needs of end users.

Additionally, the NFPA TAC-AAA technical committee is seeking members. Apply online to this new committee. Note: You will be asked to sign-in or create a free online account with NFPA before using the system. Remember, your voice matters, and this is one of many important issues relating to the fire service that NFPA wants to hear from you on! 

-Dave Trebisacci

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In 2013, an ammonium nitrate storage facility in West, Texas, caught fire and exploded, destroying most of the facility. The blast left a crater nearly 100 feet (30 meters) across and 10 feet (3 meters) deep and killed 15 people. Damage was estimated at $250 million.

 Shortly after the disaster, the NFPA Technical Committee on Hazardous Chemicals, which is responsible for NFPA 400, Hazardous Materials Code, formed a task group to examine requirements for existing facilities that handle or store ammonium nitrate. As NFPA 400 was then written, says Nancy Pearce, senior fire protection engineer at NFPA, its requirements focused primarily on new facilities.

“The need to address existing facilities was acute,” she says, particularly since the Environmental Protection Agency estimated that there are 13,000 facilities similar to the West facility throughout the U.S.

As a result of the task group’s work, the Hazardous Materials Committee made a number of changes to the ammonium nitrate requirements in Chapter 11, Ammonium Nitrate Solids and Liquids, of the 2016 edition of NFPA 400. For more information on these changes, read Pearce’s article “Safer Storage” in the May/June issue of NFPA Journal.

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Fire breakThe May 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:

  • Highlights of Preparedness Day, including a personal message from President Obama and a photo album that captures the spirit of the day’s events
  • Recommendations about which mulch is safest to use around homes in high risk wildfire areas
  • A link to the Research Foundation’s latest report on WUI fire spread
  • A video that demonstrates the power of burning embers on roofs …

...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.

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It took the Baldwinsville, New York, Fire Department only three minutes to arrive at the scene of a recent home fire. The fire had already intensified to the point that a veteran firefighter couldn't make entry. He waited for the engine company's arrival.

Inside the home was two-year-old Nora Lamirande, who was napping in an upstairs bedroom while her mother and brother were outside enjoying the spring weather. The brother headed to a neighbor's home as the mother followed, only to return to see the structure in flames. Something left on the stove was the apparent catalyst, per a report on the incident.

Despite a valiant effort by firefighters, Nora died--in a home built only two years ago. Why this story, which highlights all the reasons why sprinklers in new construction are necessary, hasn't gotten more attention has baffled Fire Chief Rick Ennis, chair of the Missouri Fire Sprinkler Coalition. He has shared a personal essay on the tragedy with NFPA. Visit the Fire Sprinkler Initiative site to read the full essay.

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

  • Electrical safety month information
  • Burglar bars examined in fatal TX fire
  • End-of-the-school-year ideas on fire safety
  • Care and Maintenance: new projects on long-term health of firefighters 

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In his In Compliance column in the May/June issue of NFPA Journal, Ron Coté, principal life safety engineer at NFPA, debunks two myths that often pop up around NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®.

The first myth Coté addresses is that all assembly occupancy rooms with an occupancy load more than 50 must have a second egress door. Not true, Coté writes, although many do have second exit access doors “in order not to violate the common path of travel limitation,” Coté writes.

Secondly, Coté debunks the myth that exit signs are required at exits only. The signs are actually reguired in three locations: at exits, in the exit access, and in exit access corridors of new construction.

Learn more about these specific rules in Coté’s new column in the latest issue of NFPA Journal



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72Does NFPA 72®, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, allow you to use two different types of audible alarms in the same building? That was the question a fire alarm system designer who was upgrading a building's alarm system asked recently on the NFPA LinkedIn Forum. Could he use horns or horn/strobes in half the building, while leaving bells or bell/strobes in the other half? The answer was yes, if need be.

However, Wayne Moore, vice-president of Jensen Hughes, feels that the real answer should be "yes, but..." To find out why Wayne is hesitant to mix audible alarms, read his column "Mixed Signals" in the May/June issue of NFPA Journal.


 

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Standards Showcase ad for CC_2Interested in hearing about the latest activities in codes and standards? The Standards Showcase is designed to be an interactive session giving attendees an opportunity to ask questions about the standards development process, hear about the new features of the NFPA Technical Meeting, hot issues such as new projects in development, and more. Attendees will also have an opportunity to interact with members of the NFPA Standards Council, engineering and other NFPA staff.

All interested parties are invited to attend on Tuesday, June 23, at 1:30 pm in room N427BC at McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago during NFPA's Conference & Expo.

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago!

A new episode of NFPA Journal Podcast is out now and available to download on iTunes. The podcast takes a close look at a couple of major changes and additions slated for inclusion in the 2016 edition of NFPA 13, Installation of Sprinkler Systems. The two big changes discussed on the podcast include the new and updated commodity classification tables to be added to the next edition of NFPA 13, as well as new rules about sprinkler system designs for cloud ceiling arrangements.

Podcast host Jesse Roman chats with Matt Klaus, NFPA principal fire protection engineer and liaison to the NFPA 13 technical committees, about these updates to 13, why they were made, and why they are important.

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In the case of the commodity classification tables, much of the commodity information provided in NFPA 13 is nearly 50 years old, written when storage facilities and schemes were vastly different than today, Klaus explains.  That was a big problem, because the accuracy of those classifications is vital for fire protection.

“How we classify a given commodity, and calculate the resulting sprinkler density required to protect that commodity, can be the difference between a warehouse developer spending a quarter of a million dollars on a fire pump installation, or not,” Klaus says. “It’s a critical part of the design process and a decision not to be taken lightly.”

Cloud ceilings—essentially aesthetic ceiling panels suspended below the actual structural ceiling—are very popular among architects and developers these days because they can hide unsightly wires and pipes, and they look really cool. Unfortunately, they complicate sprinkler system design.

“We get the questions on a weekly basis about what can I do with cloud ceilings, but historically there haven't been a lot of good rules,” Klaus says in the podcast. Thanks to a research project put together by the Fire Protection Research Foundation, new information about how cloud ceilings affect sprinkler systems has been gathered and new rules have been put in place.

Learn much more about both of these important new updates in the latest NFPA Journal Podcast.

The monthly podcast, launched in April, explores NFPA Journal topics and articles in more depth in audio form. New podcasts are released on iTunes the second Tuesday of every month. Please subscribe on iTunes, and let us know what you think!

If you have any questions, comments, suggestions or ideas for future podcasts or for NFPA Journal articles, email Jesse Roman at jroman@nfpa.org.

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Follow our live Twitter feed - and keep up to date on the happenings at today's NFPA Fire Sprinkler Initiative Summit being held in Quincy, MA. 

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On the morning of July 1, 2014, in the Feltonville neighborhood of Philadelphia, gas from a leaking propane tank on the La Parrillada Chapina food truck ignited, resulting in a huge explosion that killed two people and injured 10 others.

The incident, caught on video, gained national attention and shed light on a problem that is not as uncommon as we would all like to think.

The May/June issue of NFPA Journal explores the fire safety issues surrounding the food truck industry, which has dramatically increased in numbers and popularity in the last several years. The article. “All Up In Our Grill,” takes a close look at the patchwork of regulations, or lack there of, throughout the nation and shares insight from fire safety experts working to address food truck safety issues. Additionally, the International Fire Marshals Association convened a task force to put together a proposal for a new chapter of NFPA 96, Ventilation Control and Fire Protection of Commercial Cooking Operations, to address food truck fire safety. The new language was submitted to NFPA last December, and the NFPA 96 technical committee will review it this month for possible inclusion in the 2017 edition of the standard.

Food truck and fire safety will also be the topic of a educational session at the NFPA Conference and Expo in Chicago June 22-25. The session, “Mobile Food Truck Regulation: Developing a Recipe for Success,” will be held Wednesday, June 24, from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

To learn more about the state of fire safety in the food truck industry, read the article in the latest issue of NFPA Journal



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NFPA 400

NFPA has issued the following errata on NFPA 400, Hazardous Materials Code:

  • NFPA 400, Errata 400-13-2, referencing Table 5.2.1.5 Maximum Allowable Quantities (MAQ) of Hazardous Materials per Control Area in Health Care Occupancies of the 2013 edition.  Issuance date: May 11, 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. 


Screen Shot 2015-05-12 at 1.43.57 PMAs editor of NFPA Journal, there’s always a special satisfaction that comes with the publication of the May/June conference issue—and not just because it happens to be the largest issue of the year. (The latest version clocks in at 136 pages.) What I like best about these issues is the way they hold up a broad mirror to NFPA and attempt to capture a sense of the vast range of fire, life safety, and electrical topics addressed by the organization as a whole, topics that will be covered in some way at the upcoming Conference + Expo in Chicago. The issues are grab bags in the best sense of the term: eclectic, engaging, and sometimes more than a little surprising. 

This year’s May/June edition of the magazine is no different. The topics of our half-dozen feature stories, for example, range from food truck fire safety to ammonium nitrate storage requirements in NFPA 400 to the problem of electric shock drowning in marinas and boatyards. The issue is packed with information designed to help readers navigate the Conference, and includes nearly 30 pages of listings on hundreds of product and service providers who’ll take part in the event’s Expo. 

There’s no substitute for actually attending the Conference + Expo, but as a stand-in the May/June issue of NFPA Journal suggests the breadth and depth of the premier event for fire, electrical, and building safety professionals. If you’re planning to be at the event, then Journal is an indispensible tool to keep you in the loop on everything going on. 

Enjoy this latest edition of NFPA Journal, and see you in Chicago.

Educating the fire service, opposition from homebuilders, effective coaliton-building, resources...just some of the topics discussed on the first day of NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative Summit being held in Quincy, MA. About 70 advocates, representing the fire service, the medical community, the insurance industry, developers, authorities having jurisdiction, and others have gathered to network, brainstorm ideas, and share best practices on how to move toward sprinkler requirements in all new one- and two-family homes. Stay tuned to NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog for more coverage from this event.

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NFPA has issued the following errata on NFPA 1, Fire Code:

  • NFPA 1, Errata 1-15-2, referencing Table 60.4.2.1.5 Maximum Allowable Quantities (MAQ) of Hazardous Materials per Control Area in Health Care Occupancies of the 2015 edition.  Issuance date: May 11, 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.

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

In this issue:

  • Proposed TIAs seeking public comments on NFPA 13, NFPA 59A, NFPA 72, and NFPA 1971
  • Annual 2015 Motions Committee Report addressing 8 NFPA documents with certified amending motions
  • Comments sought on new projects on arff response to air shows, competencies for responders to hhft, ems officer, fire control of structures, and hazardous waste disposal
  • Issued TIAs on NFPA 1, 58, 70, 101A, and 400
  • Errata issued on NFPA 101
  • News in brief
  • 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.

The following proposed Tentative Interim Amendment (TIAs) to NFPA 59A, Standard for the Production, Storage, and Handling of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), is being published for public review and comment:

Anyone may submit a comment on this proposed TIA by the June 19, 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.

The NFPA News Letter, started in 1916, was designed to be a "regular vehicle of more frequent communication between the executive office and the members".  In a 1935 issue, a call was posted for members to donate information about "reports of fire of outstanding interest…" and a few months later there was an update listing several resources that had been donated, including Boris Laiming's donation of his report on the Tokyo conflagration following the Kanto Earthquake of 1923.
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Mr. Laiming addressed the National Board of Fire Underwriters (NBFU) and described the earthquake and resulting fires.  His report begins: "At 11.58 (noon) September 1, 1923, a seismic disturbance of great
severity occurred in the area adjacent to the cities of Tokyo and Yokohama, Japan."   The earthquake had an estimated Richter magnitude of 7.9 and resulted in nearly 143,000 deaths, primarily due to fire.  According to Mr. Laiming, Tokyo fire department records indicate that 81 fires were burning within 9 minutes of the earthquake and within 30 minutes it is estimated that 122 separate fires were burning.  Groups of individual fires gradually developed into 12 different fires, all of which but one in the Kojimachi Ward, finally connected into one large conflagration which swept over approximately 15 square miles in about 16 hours.

Map2The Charles S. Morgan Library supports the research activities and maintains the archive of NFPA.  In the Library, we have an inscribed copy of Mr. Laiming's report to the NBFU, delivered November 1923, which includes hand annotated maps and photographs documenting the devastation in Tokyo.  The map at left depicts the fire department efforts to control the fires near Hibyia Park and the Imperial Theater, in the Kojimaehi Ward.  Learn more about the Library and Archives, our resources, and services.

 

The following four proposed Tentative Interim Amendments (TIAs) for NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems are being published for public review and comment:

  • NFPA 13, Proposed TIA No. 1180, referencing 2.3.1, 2.3.2, 3.11.9, A.3.11.9, 9.3.5.12, A.9.3.5.12, A.9.3.5.12.1 and E.7, of the proposed 2016 edition
  • NFPA 13, Proposed TIA No. 1183, referencing 5.6.3.3, Figure 5.6.3.4.2, Figure 5.6.3.3.3.2(new), 5.6.3.4, 5.6.4, A.5.6 and Table A.5.6.1.1, of the proposed 2016 edition 
  • NFPA 13, Proposed TIA No. 1184, referencing Tables A.5.6.3, A.5.6.4 and A.5.6.4.1, of the proposed 2016 edition
  • NFPA 13, Proposed TIA No. 1185, referencing Table 9.2.6.3.1, A.9.2.6.3.1 and Table 9.2.6.5.3, of the proposed 2016 edition

Anyone may submit a comment on these proposed TIAs by the June 19, 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.

The following two proposed Tentative Interim Amendments (TIAs) for NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, are being published for public review and comment:

Anyone may submit a comment on these proposed TIAs by the June 19, 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.

Today is your last chance to save with early bird conference pricing. The full conference pass gives you access to the General Session, all conference education sessions (120+ sessions), the NFPA Technical Meeting, the expo, Accessibility Expo, and Alternative Fuel Vehicle Safety Training. Register now! Call 1 800.344.3555.

 

Today is your last chance to save with early bird conference pricing. The full conference pass gives you access to the General Session, all conference education sessions (120  sessions), the NFPA Technical Meeting, the expo, Accessibility Expo, and Alternative Fuel Vehicle Safety Training. Register now! Call 1 800.344.3555." Savethedate

 

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Citing residents' "struggles" to rebuild after Superstorm Sandy, Christie also noted in his veto message that the bill would "further burden New Jerseyans" by "increasing the upfront cost of every new freestanding home by thousands of dollars." Christie added that the bill should be amended so that the state's Department of Community Affairs (DCA), which has the ability to modify the building code, can analyze the appropriateness of sprinklering new townhomes, which he considers having greater fire risks since these dwellings are attached. "If, after comparing the marginal cost of such devices with their marginal benefits, the DCA determines that sprinklers in such structures are warranted, then DCA should amend the Uniform Construction Code as it deems appropriate," stated Christie.


 

This decision, however, does little to protect the state from future fire tragedies, said New Jersey Assemblyman John Wisniewski, who sponsored the bill and has constantly noted that sprinkler installation is a small fraction of a home&#39;s overall cost. Read more by visiting NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.


 

 

DalmatianDalmatians played a key role in clearing the road for firefighters before modern sirens were invented. This month, Project Paradigm, in partnership with American Red Cross have come up with a new Paradigm Challenge. They are asking you to draw, design, or create a Dalmatian along with a message about the importance of keeping the roads clear for firefighters, or an idea about how to better clear the roads. Details are simple:

CREATE. Draw, design, sculpt (or whatever else you can dream up) a Dalmatian.

SHARE. Upload a photo of your creation with a message about the importance keeping the roads clear for firefighters. Then share with your friends and family to rack up votes. #dalmatiananimation

WIN! The 10 entries with the most votes by the end of the month will receive cash prizes of up to $1000.

Check out the current entries and vote for your favorites as well! Good luck to all!

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A Request for Proposals has been issued for a new research project Hazard Assessment of Lithium Ion Batteries Used in Energy Storage Systems (ESS)

The Foundation is seeking a project contractor to develop a hazard assessment of the usage of lithium ion batteries in ESS. This project is part of an overall initiative with the goal to develop safe installation practices, fire protection guidance, and appropriate emergency response tactics for ESS.

Proposals should be submitted to Foundation Executive Director Casey Grant by May 22, 2015, 5:00 pm EDT.

Learn more about this request for proposals

The Foundation periodically issues requests for proposals for the conduct of research. To automatically receive notification of these requests, please e-mail Eric Peterson.

The following proposed Tentative Interim Amendment (TIAs) to NFPA 1971, Standard on Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting, is being published for public review and comment:

Anyone may submit a comment on this proposed TIA by the June 19, 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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Take a virtual stroll through Homestead at Hartness, a picturesque, cottage community situated on 35 acres in Greenville, South Carolina. Complementing a city already named one of America&#39;s best by Lonely Planet is this new development, ripe with amenities including a 90-acre park, fishing ponds, and boat docks. Why Homestead is getting the attentionand praisefrom sprinkler advocates is the developer&#39;s decision to sprinkler the community&#39;s 140 new homes.


[NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative | http://www.firesprinklerinitiative.org] team visited the community in February to document how the local fire service and builder came to this decision, which was a win-win for all parties. A surprising find was that installation costs hovered around $1 per sprinklered square foot, proving home fire sprinklers are not the costly component to homes that sprinkler opponents say they are.


 

Adding their support to this project are members of the South Carolina Fire Sprinkler Coalition and South Carolina burn survivor Princella Lee Bridges, one of NFPA's Faces of Fire.


 

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Watch the video, and use it to complement other builder resources created by the Fire Sprinkler Initiative to showcase how sprinklers can be cost-effective.


 


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At its April 2015 meeting, the NFPA Standards Council approved a new Technical Committee on Building Fire & Life Safety Directors and directed that a call for members be published.

During the March 2014 meeting, the Council considered the request of the Technical Committee on Loss Prevention Procedures and Practices (TC) that NFPA establish a standard for professional practices for facility fire safety planning and fire safety directors.  After review of all the material before it, the Council voted to publish a notice to solicit comments on the need for the project, its intended scope and breadth, information on resources on the subject matter, those interested in participating, and other organizations actively involved with the subject. The Council received a number of comments of interest in the development of this project.  After review of all of the material before them, the Council voted to establish a task group, and it be chaired by Standards Council Member, Michael Snyder.  This Task Group has been charged with developing a scope, a clear determination as to who should be charged with the new project, if developed, and what direction should the project cover: industrial facility safety planning or high rise building safety.

The Council heard a report from Task Group Chair Michael Snyder on the development of national standards relating to facility emergency action plans and building fire and life safety directors during its April 2015 meeting.  After review of all the material before them, the Council voted to approve the development of a new project on the duties, roles, and competencies of building, fire and life safety directors.  The Council directed that a call for members interested in serving on the proposed new Technical Committee be published. NFPA Staff will return to the Council with a proposed start-up roster and a proposed Technical Committee scope.

Apply online to the new Technical Committee on Building Fire & Life Safety Directors (BLF-AAA). Note:  You will be asked to sign-in or create a free online account with NFPA before using the system.

To maintain consensus, all Technical Committees must have a balance of interest categories.  For definitions of the interest categories, see Guidelines to Classifications of Committee Members.

At its April 2015 meeting, the NFPA Standards Council approved a new Technical Committee on Tactical Operations for Video Equipment and Cameras and directed that a call for members be published.

The Council voted to approve the request of the IAB/HDSSC to develop a new project on the selection, care, and maintenance of tactical operations video equipment.  NFPA and UL have agreed to partner to create standards relating to tactical video cameras and equipment. The Council directed that a call for members interested in serving on the proposed new Technical Committee be published.  Staff will return to the Council with a proposed startup roster and recommendation for a Technical Committee Chair.  The Council also approved the Technical Committee scope as follows: 

  • APPROVED COMMITTEE SCOPE:  This Committee shall have primary responsibility for documents on the selection, care, and maintenance of tactical video equipment and body worn cameras used by emergency services personnel, including law enforcement, military, corrections and homeland security for surveillance, tactical information and operational intelligence. 

Once the Technical Committee has developed and balloted a draft document (see Regs 4.3.1.1), the Technical Committee can then make a request to the Council to enter an appropriate revision cycle.

Apply online to the new Technical Committee on Tactical Operations for Video Equipment and Cameras (TAC-AAA). Note: You will be asked to sign-in or create a free online account with NFPA before using the system.

To maintain consensus, all Technical Committees must have a balance of interest categories.  For definitions of the interest categories, see Guidelines to Classifications of Committee Members.

At its April 2015 meeting, the NFPA Standards Council approved a new Technical Committee on Facilities for Fire Training and Associated Props and directed that a call for members be published.

The Council voted to approve the request of the Technical Committee on Fire Service Training to create a new Technical Committee on Facilities for Fire Training and Associated Props and to transfer the responsibility for NFPA 1402, Guide to Building Fire Service Training Centers, to this new Technical Committee.  The Council directed that a call for members interested in serving on the proposed new Technical Committee be published.  Staff will return to the Council with a proposed startup roster and recommendation for a Technical Committee Chair.  The Council also approved the Technical Committee title and scope as follows:

  • APPROVED COMMITTEE TITLE: Facilities for Fire Training and Associated Props
  • APPROVED COMMITTEE SCOPE:  This committee shall have primary responsibility for the design, construction, and maintenance of facilities for fire training and for fire training props.  Responsibilities of the committee include standards relating to gas-fire props; training structures, props, and simulators used for live fire training, rescue training and related tactical and skill training exercises.

Apply online to the new Technical Committee on Facilities for Fire Training and Associated Props (FAB-AAA).  Note: You will be asked to sign-in or create a free online account with NFPA before using the system.

To maintain consensus, all Technical Committees must have a balance of interest categories.  For definitions of the interest categories, see Guidelines to Classifications of Committee Members.

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Do you want to make a difference? NFPA currently has a great opportunity for a Paralegal/Legal Assistant to report to the General Counsel and support the day to day operation of the legal department and enhances attorney effectiveness. The person in this position would also provide certain support functions for the Office of the President and Board of Directors.

The ideal candidate would have several qualifications, listed on the NFPA careers website, including the minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree / Paralegal Certificate and at least 5 years of business/office experience including prior legal experience.

For a complete list of job responsibilities and information on how to apply, please visit the NFPA careers site. 

Office Hours
Office Hours
 is a live, interactive, streaming video presentation for NFPA Members featuring NFPA technical staff discussing NFPA codes and standards. In this month's event, join Ken Holland, NFPA Senior Emergency Services Specialist, as he discusses the proposed changes in the 2016 edition of NFPA 1917, Standard for Automotive Ambulances. His presentation will include:

  • Minimum requirements for the design, performance, and testing of ambulances. 
  • Proposed revisions to the soon-to-be released 2016 standard, such as speed limit changes, the deletion of testing methods, and the inclusion of additional SAE standards.
  • Community Paramedicine and Mobile Integrated Healthcare
  • And More!

Register today! Have questions? Get the answers during this live event on May 7th!

Use NFPAOfficeHours@gmail.com or Tweet to #OfficeHours during the presentation. Get involved! Join the conversation! Not a member but want to participate? Become an NFPA member today

The following three proposed Tentative Interim Amendments (TIAs) for NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems are being published for public review and comment:

  • NFPA 13, Proposed TIA No. 1180, referencing 2.3.1, 2.3.2, 3.11.9, A.3.11.9, 9.3.5.12, A.9.3.5.12, A.9.3.5.12.1 and E.7, of the proposed 2016 edition
  • NFPA 13, Proposed TIA No. 1183, referencing 5.6.3.3, Figure 5.6.3.4.2, Figure 5.6.3.3.3.2(new), 5.6.3.4, 5.6.4, A.5.6 and Table A.5.6.1.1, of the proposed 2016 edition 
  • NFPA 13, Proposed TIA No. 1184, referencing Tables A.5.6.3, A.5.6.4 and A.5.6.4.1, of the proposed 2016 edition

Anyone may submit a comment on these proposed TIAs by the June 19, 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.

At its April 2015 meeting, the NFPA Standards Council considered the issuance of several proposed Tentative Interim Amendments (TIAs).  The following TIAs were issued by the Council on April 7, 2015:

  • NFPA 1, TIA 15-2, referencing various sections
  • NFPA 58, TIA 14-4, referencing 6.4.2.1 and 6.4.3
  • NFPA 70, TIA 14-8, referencing 625.17(B)
  • NFPA 101A, TIA 13-1, referencing worksheet 7.5.4.A 
  • NFPA 400, TIA 13-3, referencing Table 5.2.1.1.3 and 5.2.1.2 through 5.2.1.10.1

Tentative Interim Amendments (TIAs) are amendments to an NFPA document processed in accordance with Section 5 of the Regulations Governing the Development of NFPA Standards (Regulations Governing Committee Projects).They have not gone through the entire standards development process of being published in a First Draft Report and Second Draft Report for review and comment. TIAs are effective only between editions of the document. A TIA automatically becomes a public input for the next edition of the document, as such is then subject to all of the procedures of the standards development process.  TIAs are published in NFPA News, NFCSS, and any further distribution of the document after being issued by the Standards Council.

AAWThe United States Fire Administration (USFA) partnered with State Farm Arson Dog Program, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, International Association of Arson Investigators; National Association of State Fire Marshals; National Volunteer Fire Council; National Fire Protection Association; Coalition Against Insurance Fraud and the Insurance Committee for Arson Control for this year's annual Arson Awareness Week.  The theme for the 2015 Arson Awareness Week: Accelerant Detection Canines — Sniffing Out Arson.

This week will focus on the value and contributions accelerant detection canines make to fire departments, law enforcement agencies and their communities.

The canines assist in closing arson cases and act as a deterrent resulting in a reduction of the arson problem.  The canines can cover an entire fire scene in 30 minutes which could take an investigator an entire day.  An accelerant detection canine locates more accurate evidence samples reducing the amount of costly analysis by the laboratory. Therefore, the dog saves the department and community both time and money.

"Arson is a heinous crime and especially difficult to prosecute," said Deputy United States Fire Administrator Glenn A. Gaines. “We owe it to our investigators and to the public to help them with the most effective tools available to battle this dangerous and costly crime.”

There were about 17,400 intentionally set fires in homes each year during 2010-2012. These fires caused 275 deaths, 800 injuries and $513 million in property damage and loss. During this same timeframe, there were 9,000 intentionally set fires in commercial buildings. These fires resulted in $282 million in property damage and loss. This information was provided to U.S. fire departments and reported by the U.S. Fire Administration. 

Find more information regarding the 2015 Arson Awareness Week, or more details about the Fire/Arson and Explosion Investigation Curriculum or any of the other courses offered at the National Fire Academy.

The Report of the Motions Committee addresses eight Annual 2015 documents with Certified Amending Motions for consideration at the NFPA Technical Meeting (Tech Session) in Chicago on June 24-25, 2015:

  • NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems
  • NFPA 13R, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in Low-Rise Residential Occupancies
  • NFPA 24, Standard for the Installation of Private Fire Service Mains and Their Appurtenances
  • NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code
  • NFPA 652, Standard on Combustible Dusts
  • NFPA 1710, Standard for the Organization and Deployment of Fire Suppression Operations, Emergency Medical Operations, and Special Operations to the Public by Career Fire Departments
  • NFPA 1901, Standard for Automotive Fire Apparatus
  • NFPA 1917, Standard for Automotive Ambulances

This Report also addresses three documents with Certified Amending Motions from the Fall 2014 cycle: NFPA 11, NFPA 33, and NFPA 520; identifies a list of 27 Consent Documents receiving no NITMAMS and, therefore, will be forwarded to the NFPA Standards Council for balloting; and includes a list of NITMAMs that were not certified.

In the event that any corrections to or revisions of the Report become necessary, updates will be posted on the NFPA website.

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As part of the 2015 International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week, the “Fire Service Safety & Health Week Quiz” Sweepstakes is back! Hosted by NFPA, in coordination with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), the interactive online quiz reinforces the training messages behind this year’s theme, “Creating a Culture of Safety.”

The quiz will be available online through June 11. Career and volunteer firefighters, EMTs and other fire department employees and members are invited to participate.

Everyone who completes the quiz found at www.nfpa.org/fireservicequiz, and enters a valid email address, will be automatically entered into a sweepstakes; 200 randomly selected participants will win a specially designed challenge coin commemorating this year’s Safety and Health Week.

Winners will be notified via email on June 15th, and must reply with their name, the name of their organization, and a mailing address by June 30th. Good luck!

 Read the full contest rules

At its April 2015 meeting, the NFPA Standards Council considered and reviewed the following new projects and is seeking public review and comment by the June 15, 2015 deadline:

Anyone interested in commenting on these new projects, should include the following information: resources on the subject matter, the names of those interested in participating on the Committee (if established), the names of other organizations actively involved with this subject, and whether there is a need for such a project.  Submit your comments to the Codes and Standards Administration Department, NFPA, 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02169-7471

 

Congratulations goes out to Joe Cantone of Cranston, RI! Joe submitted an entry to our National Anthem Singing contest for a chance to sing at NFPA Conference & Expo general session in Chicago this June. NFPA received many amazing entries from talented singers across the country and narrowed them down to 4 spectacular finalists. 

You all voted throughout April for your favorite finalist and now the results are in. We are excited to announce that Joe edged out the competition and received the most votes making him this year's winner! From the video above, it look like Joe is also excited! We can't wait to hear Joe sing the Anthem at this year's Conference & Expo in Chicago, June 22nd. There's still time to register to attend if you haven't done so yet, and if you are attending, you won't want to miss general session to hear Joe sing his heart out (we'll be sure to post video after the event as well). 

Joe Cantone is a recording artist, musician and songwriter who has won many awards for his vocal and musical talent. His national anthem popularity has grown, kicking off some of the biggest events in the nation.  He has performed the USA, Italian, England, and Canadian anthems for international games. Joe is also a gifted keyboardist singing a wide range of different styles of music. His album “I Know You’re Here” has been sold all over the US with music that he wrote, recorded, and produced himself. His music has been an inspiration to thousands all over the country with a positive uplifting message of hope. 

Joe is presently working for Red Hawk Fire and Security and going to school for his fire alarm technician license. His music is available through iTunes. For more information, visit his Facebook page.  

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