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The NFPA has released the third and final training module in a series of  learning programs surrounding the new NFPA 3000: Standard for an Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response (ASHER) Program. The Recover program provides registrants with the critical knowledge and information needed to maintain business continuity, coordinate with hospitals, and establish key benchmarks so that communities can rebound quickly if a mass casualty event unfurls in their area.  
Participants can choose to take one of three distinct modules (Plan, Respond and Recover) and earn a single badge; or complete all three modules of NFPA 3000 training for a comprehensive overview. Those opting for the latter, will receive an NFPA 3000 Program Specialist badge, signifying that they have been trained in the content and implementation of the new standard. 
The four main components of NFPA 3000 are: whole community; unified command; integrated response; and planned recovery. These themes are woven throughout the fabric of the first-of-its-kind standard. The  training covers each of NFPA 3000’s 20 chapters so that different stakeholders have a strong understanding of what needs to be done before, during and after an incident to reduce harm. Throughout the document and the training, the importance of working together is accentuated. 
With hostile events dotting our news feeds on a regular basis, we are reminded almost daily that our world is different and we need to be well-prepared for new challenges. NFPA 3000 and NFPA’s 3-part  learning program were designed to help communities deal with new threats. 
Do you have a unified ASHER plan in place in your city or town?

A Grand Jury investigation indicted three men on arson charges after a large conflagration in New Orleans on August 30, 1908. The vice-president, manager and one employee of the glass company in which the fire started all confessed to involvement in the act.



From the NFPA Quarterly vol.2, no.2, 1908:
The construction of the buildings in the block was very inferior, practically all of the walls being ‘party walls’ and a number of them were less than standard thickness. The floor openings were as a rule unstopped and the openings in rear and side walls generally unprotected, and where protection was provided for the openings the doors and shutters were sub-standard. An extremely poor grade of brick and mortar was found in a number of cases, causing a complete wall failure, and interior cast-iron columns failed in every case.”

The fire could have been much worse than it actually was and it was believed that the city of New Orleans “was saved from catastrophe by the great proportion of slate and metal roofs existing.”


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Associated Press

In 2017, fire departments in the United States responded to just over 1.3 million fires, which killed an estimated 3,400 civilians and injured 15,000 more. These are the major findings from NFPA's Fire Loss in the U.S. in 2017 report, detailed in a new feature article in the September/October issue of NFPA Journal
In addition to providing the most recent U.S. fire loss statistics, the article also provides historical context for the numbers. "Home fire deaths reached their peak in 1978, when 6,015 people died in such fires," writes Ben Evarts, a data collection and research manager at NFPA. "The number has trended downward until recent years, with fewer than 5,000 annual deaths since 1982, and less than 4,000 deaths since 1991, with the exception of 1996. Since 2006, home fire deaths have remained below 3,000 per year."
Other notable stats from the article include the amount of property damage caused by fires in the U.S. last year. At an estimated $23 billion, the figure was a large increase from 2016—mostly due to the deadly northern California wildfires that struck in October 2017, resulting in $10 billion in property damage. 
Read or listen to an audio version of the article here. 

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