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NFPA has issued the following errata on NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems; NFPA 14, codes and standardsStandard for the Installation of Standpipe and Hose Systems; NFPA 68, Standard on Explosion Protection by Deflagration Venting; NFPA 76, Standard for the Fire Protection of Telecommunications Facilities; and NFPA 85, Boiler and Combustion Systems Hazards Code:
  • NFPA 13, Errata 13-19-1, referencing of the proposed 2019 edition, issued on 7/3/2018
  • NFPA 14, Errata 14-16-2, referencing A. of the 2016 edition, issued on 7/20/2018 
  • NFPA 68, Errata 68-18-4, referencing Equation of the 2018 edition, issued on 8/14/2018
  • NFPA 76, Errata 76-16-1, referencing Figure A.6.5.2(a) of the 2016 edition, issued on 8/14/2018
  • NFPA 85, Errata 85-19-1, referencing Table J.1(Title) of the proposed 2019 edition, issued on 
An errata is a correction issued to an NFPA Standard, published in NFPA News, Codes , and included in any further distribution of the document.

An inmate firefighter is seen battling a wildfire in California in July (Getty Images)

On July 31, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation tweeted about the thousands of inmates who were fighting the state's historic wildfires. The tweet received over 1,000 comments, with many people expressing shock and outrage at the concept of using prisoners to fight fires.



News reports soon followed, with publications including The Washington Post, Newsweek, USA Today, and others covering the topic. While this mainstream discussion shed light on legitimate concerns related to California's decades-old practice of employing inmates, who have volunteered for the job, as wildland firefighters, it also included misconceptions about the program, according to a senior official at CAL FIRE. 


"I think people look at these inmates and think back to the early 1900s where you had chain gangs and they were digging trenches, the kind of stuff you see in movies," she told me for an article appearing in the September/October issue of NFPA Journal. "I think that’s a misconception. I think people don’t understand what these inmates are actually doing."

Read the full story, "Cellblock to fireline," and in the comments section, tell us what you think of the practice of California—and other states around the country—employing inmates as wildland firefighters. 

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