Drones and robots, life safety in assembly occupancies, creosote fires involving commercial cooking systems—these are just some of the topics covered in the new July/August issue of NFPA Journal.
The issue also includes a summary of the 2014 firefighter fatalities report.
Our cover story, “Unmanned Advantage,” by Journal staff writer Jesse Roman, takes a detailed look at the many ways that drones and robots promise to revolutionize first response, public safety, and emergency management. Our online package for that story includes video of robots in action from the recent DARPA Robotics Challenge in Pomona, California, where ’bots from around the world competed for a $2 million top prize.
The focus theme for this issue is assembly occupancies, and our coverage includes a feature how-to for creating a life safety floor plan in accordance with NFPA 101, Life Safety Code. The story, “Exit Strategy,” includes a case study of how a life safety floor plan became an integral part of the renovation of a historic theater in downtown New Orleans. In “Perspectives,” we talk to a researcher from a university in England who is analyzing cell phone use as a way to estimate crowd size—a potentially valuable tool to help manage crowds and events in a range of assembly occupancies.
Our July/August coverage also includes a collection of dispatches from the recent NFPA Conference & Expo in Chicago, notably the inaugural award of the Philip J. DiNenno Prize. The award, which includes a $50,000 cash prize, was created to recognize and reward key innovations in public safety, and the first DiNenno Prize went to the affordable home smoke alarm. In “Just Reward,” Journal tells the story of how the award was created, and how the affordable home smoke alarm was chosen as its recipient.
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