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

In this issue:

  • Proposed TIAs seeking public comments on NFPA 13 and NFPA 111
  • First Draft Reports and submit public comments for Annual 2016
  • Fall 2015 Consent Standards issued
  • NFPA 704 Frequently Asked Questions
  • Errata issued on NFPA 102
  • News in brief
  • Committees soliciting public input
  • Committees seeking members
  • Committee meetings calendar

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The First Draft Reports for NFPA documents in the Annual 2016 revision cycle are now available.  Review the First Draft Reports for use as background in the submission of public comments. The deadline to submit a public comment through the online system on any of these documents is May 15, 2015. Some of the proposed NFPA documents with First Draft Reports in the Annual 2016 revision cycle are as follows:

  • NFPA 15, Standard for Water Spray Fixed Systems for Fire Protection
  • NFPA 25, Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems
  • NFPA 56, Standard for Fire and Explosion Prevention During Cleaning and Purging of Flammable Gas Piping Systems;
  • NFPA 58, Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code;
  • NFPA 80A, Recommended Practice for Protection of Buildings from Exterior Fire Exposures;
  • NFPA 130, Standard for Fixed Guideway Transit and Passenger Rail Systems
  • NFPA 414, Standard for Aircraft Rescue and Fire-Fighting Vehicles; NFPA 450, Guide for Emergency Medical Services and Systems
  • NFPA 704, Standard System for the Identification of the Hazards of Materials for Emergency Response;
  • NFPA 780, Standard for the Installation of Lightning Protection Systems;
  • NFPA 1124, Code for the Manufacture, Transportation, Storage, and Retail Sales of Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles;
  • NFPA 2112, Standard on Flame-Resistant Garments for Protection of Industrial Personnel Against Flash Fire

See the full list of documents in the Annual 2016 revision cycle.

The First Draft Report serves as documentation of the Input Stage and is published for public review and comment. The First Draft Report contains a compilation of the First Draft of the NFPA Standard, First Revisions, Public Input, Committee Input, Committee Statements, and Ballot Results and Statements. Where applicable, the First Draft Report also contains First Correlating Revisions, Correlating Notes, and Correlating Input.

It’s been nearly a year since the fire in Boston’s Back Bay tragically claimed the lives of two firefighters. Because their deaths were attributed to an uncharged fire hose that burned through, the incident has since prompted many important questions about the flammability and limits of fire hoses.

In response to those questions and concerns, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) have each launched comprehensive research initiatives to investigate how fire hoses operate under specific fire conditions, and to determine what changes may be needed to minimize potential risks to firefighters.

NFPA’s Technical Committee on NFPA 1961, Standard on Fire Hose, is actively participating in these efforts by connecting with the WPI and ATF research activity in preparation for the next revision of the Standard.

The fire service is now being called upon to play an active role in this issue as well. As part of its research, WPI sent out a survey this week to fire departments nationwide to identify fire hose burn-through issues they may have experienced. We encourage all departments to fill it out. The more information WPI receives, the better equipped they’ll be to adequately address this issue.

Meanwhile, take a look at this video message from Ken Willette, NFPA’s division manager of public fire protection, to learn about other ways you can participate in NFPA’s standard on fire hoses. Every voice matters – let yours help make a difference.


Overall conference shot

The 2015 Suppression, Detection and Signaling Research and Applications (SUPDET) Conference concluded today in Orlando, Florida.

Over the course of the four-day conference more than 100 attendees and 30 presenters met to discuss the latest research, developments and emerging issues in the fire detection and suppression world. Attendees were treated to presentations as diverse as smoke detection aboard the International Space Station, to recycling center fires in the UK, issues with suppressing fire in electric vehicles and much, much more.

The conference, hosted by the Fire Protection Research Foundation and held March 3-6 at the Wyndham Orlando Resort in Orlando, Florida, was split into two parts. The detection portion of the program was held March 3 and 4, and the suppression presentations took place March 5 and 6.

Each of the conference’s presentations are now available to view as a PDF here, as well as by clicking on the links below. 




Evolving Fire Safety Towards Holistic Safety – A Discussion (PDF, 19 MB) Paper (PDF, 54 KB)
Lance Ruetimann, Siemens Switzerland Ltd.

Session I: Detection of Cooking Fires

Developing Test Methods for Cooktop Range Pre-Ignition Detection (PDF, 1.9 MB)
Daniel Gottuk, Ph.D. and Joshua Dinaburg, Jensen Hughes

Measurement of Pre-ignition Fire Cues from Cooking (PDF, 1.8 MB)
George Hunter, Adam Barowy, and Bob Backstrom, Underwriters Laboratories

Session II: Carbon Monoxide Detection

Carbon Monoxide Diffusion through Walls: A Critical Review of Literature and Incidents (PDF, 1 MB)
Izabella Vermesi, Francesco Restuccia, Carlos Walker-Ravena, and Guillermo Rein, Ph.D., Imperial College London
Richard Roberts, Honeywell Fire Safety

New Research on Diffusion of Carbon Monoxide through Gypsum Wallboard (PDF, 163 KB)
Thomas Cleary, Ph.D. and Jiann Yang, Ph.D., National Institute of Standards and Technology

Second Hand Smoke - Investigation into the effects of canned smoke aerosol testers on carbon monoxide sensors used in combination alarms (PDF, 1 MB)
Arthur Lee and Einstein Miller, US Consumer Product Safety Commission

Session III: Notification Topics

Fire Alarms and At Risk Populations: Information from Literature and One-on-One Interviews (PDF, 140 KB)
Bryan L. Hoskins, Ph.D. and Duane Helmberger, Oklahoma State University

Occupant Evacuation Operation of Elevators – An Outline of Benefits, Requirements, and Suggested Implementation Strategies (PDF, 1 MB)
Eric M. Camiel, Jensen Hughes

Design Considerations of LED Based Visible Notification Appliances (PDF, 1 MB) paper (PDF, 2 MB)
W. H. Leung, Light Engine Limited

Session IV: Nuisance Alarms

Characterization of Dust and Water Steam Aerosols in False Alarm Scenarios - Design of a Test Methods for Fire Detectors in Dusty and in Highly Foggy Environments (PDF, 5 MB) extended abstract (PDF, 108 KB)
Ingolf Willms, Ph.D., Thorsten Schultze, Ph.D., Wolfgang Krüll, and Robert Tobera, University of Duisburg-Essen

Characterizing Common Nuisance Sources for Smoke Alarms: Results from New Experiments (PDF, 3.3 MB)
Daniel Gottuk, Ph.D. and Joshua Dinaburg, Jensen Hughes

Session V: Standard Updates

Updates to the 10th Edition of the Standard for Fire Alarm Control Units and Accessories, ANSI/UL 864 (PDF, 202 KB)
Larry Shudak, Underwriters Laboratories 

Session VI: Detection Research

The Effect of Ceiling Fans on Smoke Alarm Performance (PDF, 2 MB)
Elyse D. Gottuk and Daniel T. Gottuk, Ph.D., Jensen Hughes

Smoke Detection in Low Gravity – Results from the Smoke Aerosol Measurement Experiments (SAME) Conducted on the International Space Station (PDF, 3 MB) extended abstract (PDF, 368 KB)
David Urban, Gary Ruff, Marit Meyer, Paul Greenberg, and David Fischer, NASA Glenn Research Center
Thomas Cleary, Jiann Yang, and George Mulholland, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Zeng-guang Yuan and Victoria Bryg, National Center for Space Exploration Research

Session VII: Applications

Very Early Warning Fire Detection of Incipient Sources in Nuclear Power Plants
Gabriel Taylor, P.E., U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (PDF, 1 MB)
Thomas Cleary, Ph.D., National Institute of Standards and Technology

Considerations and Challenges when Integrating Systems to Achieve Smart(er) Buildings (PDF, 1 MB)
Lance Ruetimann, Siemens Switzerland Ltd.

Detection of Fires in Heavy Duty (HD) Vehicles (PDF, 2.2 MB) paper (PDF, 670 KB)
Joey Peoples, SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden


Session I: Storage

Protection of Rack Stored Exposed Expanded Group A Plastics with ESFR Sprinklers and Vertical Barriers (PDF, 4 MB)
Dan Steppan, Underwriters Laboratories

The Effect of Obstructions on Early Suppression Fast Response Sprinkler Performance extended abstract (PDF, 97 KB)
Garner Palenske, P.E., Aon Fire Protection Engineering

Session II: Dry Systems

Corrosion Inhibition of Dry and Preaction Fire Suppression Systems Using Nitrogen Gas (PDF, 1.7 MB) paper (PDF, 283 KB)
Josh Tihen, Potter Electric Signal Company, LLC

Impact of Supervisory Gas Pressure on Dry Pipe Sprinkler System Fill Time (PDF, 652 KB)
Steven Wolin, P.E. and Tom Multer, Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Co., Inc.

Session III: Water Mist

Water Mist Fire Protection for 35 Megawatt Steam Turbine Generator (PDF, 3 MB)
Lee Kaiser, ORR Protection Systems

Session IV: Emerging Hazards

Panel Discussion on Emerging Hazards and the Gaps in the Codes and Standards
Emerging Hazards in Recycling Facilities (PDF, 2 MB) - Stuart Lloyd, Zurich Insurance
Emergence of Energy Storage Systems (PDF, 1 MB) – Casey Grant, Fire Protection Research Foundation
Road Map for Mobile Food Truck Regulation (PDF, 2. 5 MB) abstract (PDF, 89 KB) – Jacqueline Wilmot, NFPA

Session V: Environment

Fire Testing of Experimental Siloxane-Based AFFF: Results from New Experiments (PDF, 3.8 MB) paper (PDF, 340 KB)
Ralf Helmut Hetzer and Felix Kummerlen, Bundeswehr Research Institute for Protective Technologies and NBC-Protection
Dirk Blunk, University of Cologne 

Session VI: Special Applications

Application of Fire Protection in Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) Design: Hazard Definition and Review of Current Practices (PDF, 1 MB)
Daniel Gorham, NFPA

Evaluation of Water Additives for Fire Control and Vapor Mitigation – Two and Three Dimensional Class B Fire Tests (PDF, 1.3 MB) extended abstract (PDF, 348 KB)
Joseph L. Scheffey, P.E. and Mathew Benfer, Jensen Hughes

Active Fire Protection for Motorcoach Fire Safety: Development of Test Apparatuses and Procedures (PDF, 3 MB)
Jason Huczek, Southwest Research Institute

Session VII: Lithium Ion Protection

Suppressing Lithium-ion Electric Drive Vehicle Battery Fires with Water
R. Thomas Long, Jr., P.E. and Andrew Blum, P.E., Exponent, Inc.

Session VIII: Hybrid Systems

Effervescent Water Mist Fire Suppression Nozzle (PDF, 1 MB)
May Corn, Jeffrey Cohen, Joshua Sheffel, Guido Poncia, and Michael Carey, United Technologies Research Center

Evaluating Hybrid Fire Suppression Systems for the Protection of Aero-derivative Gas Turbines (PDF, 5.9 MB) abstract (PDF, 7 KB)
Bob Ballard, Victaulic 

Session IX: Gaseous and Clean Agents

Defining HF Exposure Limits for Sensitive Materials in Museums and Archives Protected by Halocarbon Clean Extinguishing Agents (PDF, 1.5 MB)
Paul Rivers, P.E. and William Meyring, P.E., 3M

Wildfire blog

NFPA associate engineer Daniel Gorham kicked-off the last day of the Fire Protection Research Foundation’s 2015 Suppression, Detection and Signaling Research and Applications (SUPDET) in Orlando, Florida, on Friday morning.

In his presentation, “Application of Fire Protection in Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) Design: Hazard Definition and Review of Current Practices,” Gorham outlined the growing problem of wildfire and why trained fire protection engineers have to be part of the solution.

Dan Gorham

“The knowledge gap is huge,” he said, speaking of what is currently known about wildfire behavior. “We are starting to understand that FPEs need to have a role here. FPEs have the tools and skill sets to contribute and we are starting to close that (knowledge) gap and gain momentum.”

Attendees also heard presentations this morning on effervescent water mist fire suppression nozzles, hybrid fire suppression systems for the protection of gas turbines, and a project looking at protecting sensitive materials in museums and archives





    Daniel Gorham presenting at the 2015 SUBDET Conference in Orlando, Florida.

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