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Cyrus Cutrer visited the NFPA Research Library & Archives several times over the week of October 16th while his father, Peter Cutrer, taught CFI-I (Certified Fire Inspector). Cyrus explored the public library space on the main floor, the Charles S. Morgan Technical collection in the lower level, and the archive rooms. He had up-close access to an ancient Sparky the Fire Dog, leather fire buckets, wooden fire alarm, helmets, nozzles, and more.

Being an exceedingly curious person and polite to a fault, Cyrus convinced Linda Wells, the library manager, to give him a tour of the entirety of 1 Batterymarch Park. Along the route they discussed the work that NFPA does in addition to “writing the codes.” The highlight of his tour was a conversation with Jim Pauley, where they discussed each of the challenge coins on display in his office.

Cyrus put together a 20 page slide show of NFPA which he confidently presented in the 1896 conference room to participants in the training session and NFPA staff. Cyrus delivered like a pro.

Come back any time, Cyrus. Just be prepared that next time we will put you to work!


Dozens of fire marshals from the United States and abroad gathered at NFPA’s Massachusetts headquarters last week for the 2017 State Fire Marshals Forum. Presentations and discussion at the two-day event centered on timely fire service concerns such as firefighter cancer and energy storage systems.


This year's forum saw the return of Canadian fire marshals, who did not attend last year's event, and the inclusion of fire marshals from Latin America for the first time ever. "It was a great opportunity for all of the attendees to work with their peers and network," said Steven Sawyer, NFPA's fire code regional director and executive secretary of the International Fire Marshals Association, who organized the event. "In advance, we invited attendees to identify the topics that matter most to them—and that proved to be a formula for success. This year’s program addressed persistent enforcement challenges and offered insight on some of the new hazards that AHJs and others are dealing with today."


The forum agenda included presentations by staff at NFPA and the Fire Protection Research Foundation (FPRF) on firefighter cancer and contamination, energy storage systems, economic analysis, tall wood buildings, data collection, community risk reduction, and more. Other topics discussed included fires in buildings under construction and combustible exterior wall assemblies. "The forum is all about helping enforcers and making them more effective and efficient in doing their important work," said Casey Grant, executive director of the FPRF.


NFPA offers a host of resources on everything that was discussed at the forum.


For example, it is the only organization to maintain a comprehensive list of resources, including training, on energy storage systems. NFPA also has webpages containing resources on construction fires and combustible exterior wall assemblies—topics that are addressed by NFPA 241, Standard for Safeguarding Construction, Alteration, and Demolition Operations, and NFPA 285, Standard Fire Test Method for Evaluation of Fire Propagation Characteristics of Exterior Non-Load-Bearing Wall Assemblies Containing Combustible Components, respectively.


Additionally, NFPA Journal has published feature articles on many of these topics; its May/June 2017 cover story, "Facing Cancer," for instance, draws attention to firefighter cancer, while its March/April 2017 cover story, "The Outliers," touches on tall wood buildings.

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