New NFPA Journal covers firefighter suicide, new efforts aimed at high-occupancy facilities, the hotel fires of 1946, and more

Blog Post created by scottsutherland Employee on May 27, 2016

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Firefighter behavioral health and a new initiative to develop codes and standards related to large-occupancy facilities are two of the department highlights in the new May/June issue of NFPA Journal.


Issues related to firefighter behavioral health, including firefighter suicide, are covered in "Into the Open," the lead article in this issue's "In A Flash" section. "Large Load," this issue's "Perspectives" article, features an interview with Joseph Cocciardi, chair of NFPA's Technical Committee on Loss Prevention Procedures and Practices, who discusses a new NFPA committee that is exploring the creation of codes and standards for buildings and other facilities with high occupancy loads, including stadiums, hotels, and concert venues.


The articles are part of NFPA Journal's comprehensive 2016 Conference & Expo coverage, and include information on related education sessions scheduled for the conference in Las Vegas.


In other departments in this issue of NFPA Journal, Jim Pauley, NFPA's president, writes in "First Word" of a recent trip to the United Arab Emirates and that nation's efforts to become the safest country in the world. In "Looking Back," Mary Elizabeth Woodruff recounts a series of landmark hotel fires in 1946—including the Winecoff Hotel fire in Atlanta, where 119 people died—that resulted in significant changes to NFPA's Building Exits Code, the forerunner to NFPA 101, Life Safety Code.