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The March/June issue of NFPA Journal features a preview of the 2017 NFPA Conference & Expo. The educational component of this year’s conference has been reimagined and strengthened with sessions on topics such as:

 

  • The Marijuana Industry- A Chronic Problem
  • Firefighter Health - Reducing Cancer in Firefighters
  • Drones - Unmanned Aerial Systems 
  • Emerging Technology - Energy Storage Systems

 

In addition to new topics, several meaningful tweaks have been made in 2017 NFPA Conference & Expo including these four big changes...READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE HERE.

 

For more information on the event go to: nfpa.org/conference


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Firefighter Glenn Preston found out he had developed cancer at 39./Photography by Ken Richardson

 

In the March 2017 issue of Boston Magazine, “Why Cancer Is Killing Boston’s Firefighters” addresses the high cancer rate among members of the Boston Fire Department. Outlining the inherent health risks posed by firefighting, the article explores factors that contribute to today’s increased cancer rates within the BFD, as well as other Massachusetts departments.


The article also addresses the growing number of cancer diagnoses among younger firefighters. Boston Fire Commissioner Joseph Finn stated that at least once a month he learns that yet another member of his crew who is diagnosed with cancer. “It blows my mind,” he said. “There are guys who are 40 or 45 years old, and some of them have been on the fire department for just 10 or 15 years.” One firefighter interviewed for the story learned that he had a malignant tumor "the size of a small banana" at the age of 39.


Boston is not the only fire department facing these issues. Sadly, BFD's experience is reflective of increased cancer rates among fire departments nationwide. The Research Foundation is addressing these issues through three related projects.

 

The first edition of NFPA 400, published in 2010 incorporated a number of existing NFPA hazardous materials code into a single code and utilizes the MAQ (maximum allowable quantity) concept to provide fundamental safeguards for the storage, use, and handling of hazardous materials such as ammonium nitrate, corrosives, flammable solids, organic peroxides, oxidizers, pyrophoric materials, toxic and highly toxics, unstable reactives and water reactives.

 

The first draft report on NFPA 400 Hazardous Materials Code was recently posted and is open for public comment at www.nfpa.org/400 until May 10, 2017. The technical committee is seeking comments on a number of proposed changes made at the First Draft meeting (First Revisions) as well as on Committee Inputs.  Highlights of changes made at first draft include requirements for the storage of ammonium nitrate in railcars and the division of Class II Organic Peroxides into two classes, IIA and IIB, based on differences in burning rates. Key changes proposed in committee inputs include the consolidation of occupancy tables into a single table to improve ease of document use and the reclassification of a number of organic peroxides in Annex F.  To stay informed about upcoming meetings and document revisions sign up for email alerts located above the information tabs at www.nfpa.org/400

 

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