'In a Flash' in new NFPA Journal goes behind the story of the first DiNenno Prize winner, the affordable home smoke alarm

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of how the affordable home smoke alarm came to be and why this innovation was chosen to receive the inaugural Philip J. DiNenno Prize and the $50,000 prize in the “In a Flash” section of the July/August issue of NFPA Journal.

Lyman Blackwell was presented the prize at the 2015 NFPA Conference and Expo this past June in Chicago for his key technological role in the alarm’s development. The DiNenno Prize, which aims to be akin to “the Noble Prize” of fire and life safety, is named after the late Philip DiNenno, the highly regarded former CEO of Hughes Associates who passed away in 2013.

The July/August edition of “In a Flash” also includes an article detailing the Fire Protection Research Foundation’s just released report “Research Roadmap for Smart Fire Fighting,” which aims to chart a path forward for a new era of firefighting that uses sensors, data and analytics to make firefighters more effective and more safe.

There are also articles on the Fire Sprinkler Initiative's new grant program, “Bringing Safety Home”; NFPA’s revamped grilling safety website,; a preview of the Backyards & Beyond wildland fire education conference; a preview of the upcoming 2015 Fire Prevention Week; as well as numerous briefs and news items.

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