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As homes and buildings are increasingly powered by renewable sources of energy, Boston’s FOX25 news station aired a story on the growing use of rooftop solar panels and the risks they can present to firefighters when fighting a fire. Ken Willette, NFPA division manager of public fire protection, was interviewed for the segment and reinforced those potential hazards. He noted that more widespread training is needed to better protect firefighters in fire incidents where solar panels are present.


For more information on solar energy and firefighter safety, take a look at the Fire Protection Research Foundation’s report, “Fire Fighter Safety and Emergency Response for Solar Power Systems”, which was originally published in May 2010 and revised in October 2013.


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Dayleen Marrero heard sirens as she answered an afternoon phone call from her soon-to-be husband, Andrew Taylor. The couple was set to marry that evening.

Standing next to the couple's pit bull mix, Taylor was outside their home grasping his tuxedo, the only thing he was able to take with him after escaping a fire inside their home. Prepping for her big day at a nearby hotel, Marrero was stunned by the news.


As reported by +The Chicago Tribune,+ two groomsmen also living in the same building lost their dog and cat in the fire. Silks and costumes used by Marrero, an aerial acrobat, also perished, as did Taylor's paintings and instruments. The more sentimental itemsjournals and photoswere destroyed. 


For more on this story, visit NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.


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Evacuation and alarms and notifications can be challenging in assembly occupancies, and there are a number of provisions in NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, for signaling and communicating with people during an emergency evacuation.

Wayne D. Moore, vice president at Jensen Hughes, sheds some light on this topic in his new column, “Interface Challenge” in the new July/August issue of NFPA Journal.

"Because assembly occupancies present a number of fire and emergency messaging challenges, the designer must ensure that the required fire alarm systems and public address systems interface properly,” Moore writes. “The designer also must present a clear design narrative, so that the authority having jurisdiction may fully understand the interfaced operation prior to approving it. Meeting these challenges requires a strong background in the codes as well as a thorough knowledge of sound and communications principles.”




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