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#33 - Craig Morgan (002).jpgSparky was excited to check off another item from his bucket list when he met country singer and former first responder Craig Morgan. Craig works with NFPA on the "Step Up and Stand Out" campaign, national campaign to increase awareness of the need for volunteer firefighters.

 

Sparky turned 65 on March 18, 2016, and we have been pulling out all the stops to help him celebrate! He’s created a bucket list of 65 activities and events he’d like to accomplish from now through October. As he checks them off his list, we’ll make sure to share them with you. Some of Sparky’s wishes are pretty lofty, while others are just fun or a bit silly. Check in weekly to see where he goes and what he’s up to!

#32 - First Pitch Blue Jays (002).jpgSparky threw out the first pitch of a Toronto Blue Jays game to kick off the team's Swing Into Summer Safety campaign. The Blue Jays are partnering with the Toronto Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council, the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management and participating Fire Departments to educate and raise awareness among school-age children and their families about fire safety and other injury prevention. The campaign got off to a great start, with Sparky pitching right to Blue Jays Ace's glove!

 

Sparky turned 65 on March 18, 2016, and we have been pulling out all the stops to help him celebrate! He’s created a bucket list of 65 activities and events he’d like to accomplish from now through October. As he checks them off his list, we’ll make sure to share them with you. Some of Sparky’s wishes are pretty lofty, while others are just fun or a bit silly. Check in weekly to see where he goes and what he’s up to!

#31 - Swan Boats (003).jpgSparky took a ride on Boston's famous Swan Boats, which have been one of the city's trademarks for well over a century. In 1877, a boat operator named Robert Paget chose the image of his swan to adorn his newly invented form of paddle boat. He sold rides around a pond in Boston Common, a public park which has been part of Boston since the city was founded, and is the oldest public park in the United States. Paget's descendants still operate the Swan Boats to this day!

 

Sparky turned 65 on March 18, 2016, and we have been pulling out all the stops to help him celebrate! He’s created a bucket list of 65 activities and events he’d like to accomplish from now through October. As he checks them off his list, we’ll make sure to share them with you. Some of Sparky’s wishes are pretty lofty, while others are just fun or a bit silly. Check in weekly to see where he goes and what he’s up to!

Fireworks_campaign_box_576_x_324.jpgFourth of July weekend is almost here, and with it comes one of the holiday's most iconic symbols- fireworks. As we all prepare for a fun and festive weekend, NFPA reminds the public that there is no safe way to use consumer fireworks. Instead, enjoy a fireworks display put on by professionals.

 

Last year, two NFL players made headlines by losing fingers in accidents involving fireworks. The two separate high-profile incidents raised awareness about the dangers of consumer fireworks.

 

Almost half (47 percent) of the fires reported on Independence Day in the U.S. during this period were started by fireworks, more than any other cause of fire. However, the vast majority of fireworks injuries occur without a fire starting. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), more than half of fireworks injuries each year are to extremities – hand or finger (36 percent), legs (14 percent), and arms (5 percent). Most of the remaining injuries were to parts of the head (38 percent), including the eye (16 percent of total).

 

NFPA, coordinator of the Alliance to Stop Consumer Fireworks, recently released their 2016 Fireworks report. As the report details, U.S. fire departments responded to an annual average of 18,500 fires caused by fireworks between 2009 and 2013. These fires included 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, 16,900 outside and other fires, and killed two people per year.

 

So how can you celebrate the holiday safely? Attend public fireworks displays put on by trained professionals. And, check out NFPA's new fireworks infographic to know the facts and stay safe this holiday weekend.

#30 - Mall of America (002).jpgSparky checked another item off his bucket list when he visited the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. The Mall, which opened for business in 1992, is the largest shopping mall in the United States. The Mall of America  even has its own mini golf course, movie theater, and indoor amusement park!

 

Sparky turned 65 on March 18, 2016, and we have been pulling out all the stops to help him celebrate! He’s created a bucket list of 65 activities and events he’d like to accomplish from now through October. As he checks them off his list, we’ll make sure to share them with you. Some of Sparky’s wishes are pretty lofty, while others are just fun or a bit silly. Check in weekly to see where he goes and what he’s up to!

#29 - Beach.jpgSparky checked off another exciting item from his bucket list by spending a day at the beach! Each summer, millions of Americans flock to the nation's beaches to enjoy bright sun, hot sand and refreshing waves. Sparky had a great time playing in the waves and building sand castles- even though he got some sand in his boots!

 

Sparky turned 65 on March 18, 2016, and we have been pulling out all the stops to help him celebrate! He’s created a bucket list of 65 activities and events he’d like to accomplish from now through October. As he checks them off his list, we’ll make sure to share them with you. Some of Sparky’s wishes are pretty lofty, while others are just fun or a bit silly. Check in weekly to see where he goes and what he’s up to!

#28 - Navy Ship.jpgSparky got to visit the USS Arleigh Burke, a US navy ship. Launched in 1989, the Arleigh Burke is the lead ship of a class of guided missile destroyers, called Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, which are among the largest ships built in the United States. The ship, which is still in active service, is 505 feet long and has a crew of almost 300 people. Sparky even took a picture with Commander Thomas E. Myers, the ship's Commanding Officer!

 

Sparky turned 65 on March 18, 2016, and we have been pulling out all the stops to help him celebrate! He’s created a bucket list of 65 activities and events he’d like to accomplish from now through October. As he checks them off his list, we’ll make sure to share them with you. Some of Sparky’s wishes are pretty lofty, while others are just fun or a bit silly. Check in weekly to see where he goes and what he’s up to!

#26 - Vegas.jpgSparky checked off two of his bucket list items when he traveled to Nevada to visit the city of Las Vegas. Dubbed the entertainment capital of the world, the so-called "City of Lights" is famous for the massive casinos and hotels that line the neon-lit Las Vegas Strip. Sparky was excited to see the Fountains of Bellagio, and take in the spectacle of the fountains' water show. The Bellagio, a hotel and casino, is famous for its massive, elaborate fountains that are set to light and music in a striking performance.  The hotel even has its own botanical garden and fine art gallery!#27 - Bellagio Fountains.jpg

 

Sparky turned 65 on March 18, 2016, and we have been pulling out all the stops to help him celebrate! He’s created a bucket list of 65 activities and events he’d like to accomplish from now through October. As he checks them off his list, we’ll make sure to share them with you. Some of Sparky’s wishes are pretty lofty, while others are just fun or a bit silly. Check in weekly to see where he goes and what he’s up to!

WHITE PAPER FINAL COVER.JPGNFPA has produced a  white paper, Community Risk Reduction: Doing More with More, aimed at helping fire service leaders gain management support for launching a Community Risk Reduction program in  their departments.

 

The white paper was written by members of NFPA’s Urban Fire and Life Safety Task Force, which comprises representatives of large, urban fire departments whose work assists urban fire departments across the globe to implement strategic Community Risk Reduction programs. The white paper, the most recent task force project, was written by Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer, Philadelphia Fire Department; Battalion Chief Derrick Phillips, St. Louis Fire Department; Education Specialist Dana Catts, Seattle Fire Department; and Liaison Officer David Sawyer, Columbus Division of Fire.

 

Community Risk Reduction is defined in NFPA 1035, Standard on Fire and Life Safety Educator, Public Information Officer, Youth Firesetter Intervention Specialist and Youth Firesetter Program Manager Professional Qualifications, as “programs, actions, and services used by a community, which prevent or mitigate the loss of life, property, and resources associated with life safety, fire, and other disasters within a community.” Through a historical overview, case studies of successful programs, an outline of the benefits of a Community Risk Reduction program, recommendations and a call to action, the white paper seeks to provide tools to fire service leaders that will help get a Community Risk Reduction plan endorsed by top fire department management and implemented in their area.

 

With the fire services increasingly responding to new and emerging hazards, it is essential for fire departments to look at ways to proactively engage residents and mitigate risk in their communities.

shutterstock_6300025 (002).jpgA broad swath of relevant organizations, including NFPA, have developed a new set of recommended minimum training guidelines for 9-1-1 call-takers and dispatchers, as part of a three-year collaborative effort facilitated by the National 9-1-1 Program.

 

Eighteen different organizations, referred to as the Working Group, contributed to the project. These involved agencies include the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials International (APCO), the Denise Amber Lee Foundation, International Academies of Emergency Dispatch (IAED), National Association of State 9-1-1 Administrators (NASNA), National Emergency Number Association (NENA) and PowerPhone. Additionally, numerous individuals who contributed during the public review period. The Working Group and the National 9-1-1 Program felt it was imperative to include the 9-1-1 community in vetting the new guidelines.

 

The recommended training topics are intended to provide nationally recognized, universally accepted guidelines that cover core competencies for the nation's 9-1-1 telecommunicators, establish the foundation for ongoing professional development, and provide the framework for state legislation that establishes the requirements for such training and a funding mechanism. The idea is to enable 9-1-1 Centers and emergency service providers to establish training programs and build upon training programs already in existence, and to assess the effectiveness of outside training programs. Topics covered by the training include telecommunicator roles and responsibilities, 9-1-1 call processing, emergency management and interpersonal communications.

 

The recommended training topics are intended to cover only the lowest level of competency required for 9-1-1 telecommunicators. It is important that telecommunicators receive supplemental, discipline-specific training. It is up to each 9-1-1 authority having jurisdiction to decide how best the implement the guidelines, as they are not a federal mandate.

#25 - Carousel.jpgSparky checked off another item from his bucket list by riding a carousel. The first modern carousels were built in the mid-1800's and were meant to imitate medieval jousting tournaments. They have been popular ever since!

 

Sparky turned 65 on March 18, 2016, and we have been pulling out all the stops to help him celebrate! He’s created a bucket list of 65 activities and events he’d like to accomplish from now through October. As he checks them off his list, we’ll make sure to share them with you. Some of Sparky’s wishes are pretty lofty, while others are just fun or a bit silly. Check in weekly to see where he goes and what he’s up to!

#24 - Freedom Trail.jpgSparky visited Boston to walk the Freedom Trail, a collection of 16 historical sites that all have ties to the Revolutionary War. Sites included the Old State House, the former center of the Massachusetts government that was the site of several significant events leading up to U.S. independence.

 

Sparky turned 65 on March 18, 2016, and we have been pulling out all the stops to help him celebrate! He’s created a bucket list of 65 activities and events he’d like to accomplish from now through October. As he checks them off his list, we’ll make sure to share them with you. Some of Sparky’s wishes are pretty lofty, while others are just fun or a bit silly. Check in weekly to see where he goes and what he’s up to!

#23 - Maple Museum.jpgSparky visited the new England Maple Museum, located in the foothills of the Green Mountains in Vermont. The Museum traces the history of maple sugaring through 200 years, beginning with Native Americans discovering how to cook sap into syrup. Sparky even got to taste some of the famous Vermont maple syrup!

 

Sparky turned 65 on March 18, 2016, and we have been pulling out all the stops to help him celebrate! He’s created a bucket list of 65 activities and events he’d like to accomplish from now through October. As he checks them off his list, we’ll make sure to share them with you. Some of Sparky’s wishes are pretty lofty, while others are just fun or a bit silly. Check in weekly to see where he goes and what he’s up to!

#22 - Harley Davidson museum.jpgSparky visited the Harley Davidson Museum, situated near downtown Milwaukee. The museum features over 450 motorcycles and related artifacts, including Serial Number One, the oldest known Harley-Davidson® motorcycle. Outside the museum, you can see a public art piece called "The Hill Climber" that was given to the museum to mark its 2008 opening.

 

Sparky turned 65 on March 18, 2016, and we have been pulling out all the stops to help him celebrate! He’s created a bucket list of 65 activities and events he’d like to accomplish from now through October. As he checks them off his list, we’ll make sure to share them with you. Some of Sparky’s wishes are pretty lofty, while others are just fun or a bit silly. Check in weekly to see where he goes and what he’s up to!

Kathleen warsaw.jpgThis week, NFPA's Vice President of Research Kathleen Almand delivered a keynote address to the 11th biennial Conference on Performance-Based Codes and Fire Safety Design Methods, hosted in Warsaw by the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE).

 

The conference has become a global destination for people working in fire safety engineering, regulations development and enforcement, testing, standards of development and engineering design methods.

 

Almand's presentation entitled "Using Data to Enhance Fire and Life Safety Inspection and Enforcement Programs," focused on how the use of data analytics can aid the fire service in community risk reduction. As she explained, fire departments draw data from various sources to improve the efficiency of their inspection and enforcement efforts. More and more, this data is being collected and analyzed to better understand the patterns behind fire mitigation. She related the outcomes of a recent workshop attended by 16 different U.S. fire departments and service providers who use data analytics to gather, share and evaluate information on electronic tools and strategies.

 

Almand told the group that the Fire Protection Research Foundation is sponsoring an NFPA initiative to discover and share the best practices for collecting data for use by code enforcement agencies. This project aims to show the benefits of applying data to inspection and enforcement programs and increase awareness of data sets, tools and best practices already in place in the inspection and enforcement fields. In addition, the Foundation hopes to identify existing gaps in data sets, find opportunities for standardization of data gathering tools and application strategies, and provide guidance and input for NFPA Technical Committees.

 

During her keynote, Almand also explained that as an independent, neutral non-governmental organization, NFPA is well-positioned to coordinate the next generation of data that will allow our stakeholders to apply relevant and timely information for better decision-making. NFPA has created a Data Analytics Sandbox where the fire service, municipalities and others can combine their big and small data with other data in an innovative, secure test-bed. The data is then analyzed and utilized to fulfill fire protection, life safety, community engagement and business operations objectives.

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