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NFPA has released NFPA 1700 Guide for Structural Fire Fighting, the first NFPA document connecting fire dynamics research to response strategy, tactics, and best practices for firefighters controlling fires within a structure. 


In 2014, NFPA received a new standards project request from a retired Kansas City fire chief asking for the development of a guide that filled the gap between the fire science community and the fire service. The request, which was eventually endorsed by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), National Institute for Safety and Health (NIOSH), UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute, the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI) and others, sought to ensure that the methods utilized by the fire service for fire control were based on science and not past fire service traditions or practices.


The 13-chapter guide provides standard operating procedure (SOP) recommendations for responding to a structure fire based on recent large scale testing and line of duty death findings. Recognized research efforts complement fundamental occupancy, building construction, and building service references within NFPA 1700, while addressing the health and safety of firefighters by reinforcing the need for personal protective equipment (PPE) and methodologies for contamination control. The Technical Committee on Fundamentals of Fire Control Within a Structure Utilizing Fire Dynamics looked at basic fire science, fire dynamics, PPE, equipment, extinguishment, staffing needs, and ways to adopt these strategies into practice and train the fire service – all in the interest of public and first responder safety.


The 27-member Technical Committee is made up of representatives from the fire service and insurance industry, as well as subject matter textbook publishers, special experts, and stakeholders actively engaged in fire dynamics research; they hail from the United States, Canada, Germany and Belgium.


NFPA 921 Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations served as a model for how to translate fire dynamics findings in practicable, applicable ways.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has received an award from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to help communities prepare for electric vehicle (EV) growth in the U.S. NFPA will oversee the three-year project in partnership with the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Vehicle Technologies Office’s Clean Cities Coalitions (CCC) network. The goal of the collaboration is to assist cities and towns with evaluation of their EV infrastructure, training programs, incentives, and code compliance readiness because, according to reports, there are more than one million electrified vehicles currently on U.S. roadways and that number is expected to reach more than 18 million by 2030.


Few communities have been able to properly assess their EV preparedness and develop plans to integrate, educate, and incentivize this emerging technology so NFPA will develop state-of-the-art online training modules and associated materials such as videos, presentations, a toolkit, and guidebooks. The Association will also update and expand its existing law enforcement and tow and salvage operator alternative fuel vehicles safety training programs to reflect the latest knowledge and response tactics. Additionally, NFPA will also expand its EV web-based training programs to include modules for EV stakeholders that may not have taken the training in the past (charging station installers, code officials, utilities, manufacturers/dealerships, fleet owners, garages/maintenance facilities, insurance companies, and vehicle owners).


After completing the updated coursework, NFPA will also advise and assist selected CCCs as they conduct 30 Community Preparedness Assessment Workshops for local EV stakeholders around the country. The workshops, which will take place over the course of two years, will encourage the development of cooperative plans and provide education so that communities are more accepting and accommodating of electric vehicles.


Recognized by U.S. emergency responders as the EV safety training authority, NFPA has worked with several major safety organizations and numerous national laboratories on EV safety issues. The Association has been awarded two separate DOE awards to develop and enhance its Electric Vehicle Safety Programs for first- and second-responders. That training content covered passenger vehicles, electrified trucks, buses, commercial fleets, and their charging infrastructures. NFPA currently offers multiple world-class EV safety training programs and provides resources such as an Emergency Field Guide and associated reference materials.


The new DOE project begins this month with final deliverables expected in October 2023. In the meantime, check out NFPA’s electric and alternative fuel vehicles safety training program.


As National Cybersecurity Awareness Monthwinds down, it's a great time to look at the ways that NFPA codes and standards are addressing digital transformation and the byproduct of these solutions – the data that is being captured and generated.


Conveniently enough, NFPA President and CEO Jim Pauley recently delivered a virtual keynote address for the Siemens Fire & Life Safety Summit that touched on both innovation and cybersecurity. Here’s what the head of NFPA had to say.


         Standards have a role and that role is rapidly changing because of the digital transformation that is occurring          around us. Understanding and integrating digital solutions and smart technologies into building management          systems is important - and increasingly being addressed in NFPA codes and standards.


For example, the 2022 edition of NFPA 13: Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems will likely contain language about the use of electronically activated sprinklers for the first time. These days, some sprinklers are designed to address fires in higher hazard storage protection, including exposed expanded plastics. Local heat detectors are “wired” to the sprinkler actuator and constantly sample the air temperature to identify a fire event early on. When a fire event occurs, the system will electronically activate sprinklers in a specific pattern around the fire based on the algorithms programmed into the releasing panel. The new technology ensures that only sprinklers that will be effective in suppressing the fire will activate to limit both fire and water damage.


NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code also comes into play here as well since there are electronic components and heat detectors in sprinklers. These systems are connected to a releasing panel that looks a lot like a releasing panel for a pre-action system. It looks like a fire alarm control panel or sub-panel, but it fits into NFPA 13 in the same way that specialty releasing panels do.


On the water-based side, automated testing is heavy in NFPA 25: Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems but installation system standards such as NFPA 13, NFPA 14, NFPA 15, and NFPA 16 are catching up and adding allowances for the installation of automated testing systems and components.


Both NFPA 25 and NFPA 20: Standard for the Installation of Stationary Pumps for Fire Protection now recognize smart technology by featuring language in their most recent editions about remote automated testing of systems or components. Remote testing eliminates the need for a person to be physically present in a facility and is attractive for building owners who are trying to reduce their operating budget or limit the number of outside service-providers accessing their buildings.


Then there’s automated flow switch arrangement and other automated testing equipment which include motorized valves capable of opening and closing, cameras for observation, and auxiliary pumps for circulating water to ensure that automated testing equipment or components do not compromise the integrity of the system. This equipment may cost more upfront, but in just a few short years, operations savings are realized and the investment in capital improvements is validated.  


Remote testing is also addressed in NFPA 72. During this development cycle, the technical committee for NFPA 72 added provisions for remote access to fire alarm and signaling systems. Remote access is permitted for testing and maintenance activities, including resetting, silencing, or operation of emergency control functions. NFPA 72 will also permit remote access for the purposes of performing remote diagnostics and updating software.


Task groups working on the 2023 National Electrical Code (NEC) are also looking hard at digital solutions. Packet Energy Transfer – the system that converts the typical 60 cycle power circuit into a digital signal and reconverts at utilization - is being deployed, but it does not fit well into existing NEC rules, so the standard needs to evolve. Why is this important? Because this technology is being used to power up the 5G equipment that is going to revolutionize how we communicate with digital devices.


NEC task groups are also looking at Emergency Lighting Using Power over Ethernet and Limited Energy Circuits. LED lighting technology has become such a mainstay in the commercial lighting segment, that the use of low-voltage circuits for power and control is becoming increasingly popular.  In commercial buildings, luminaires that provide normal lighting can be used as part of the emergency lighting system, rather than use conduit, tubing and metal-clad cables. Low-voltage (CAT 5 and CAT 6) cables are now used to control and power emergency lighting so the NEC task group has provided recommendations to employ this new technology.


The NEC technical committee is vetting new requirements surrounding localized power microgrid too. Smart buildings want to have localized microgrids that allow for safe interconnection of multiple distributed energy resources with or without a connection to an electric utility system. Digital technology provides the pathway for the interoperability of these systems. The analytics from these systems will also go a long way in making businesses more efficient and to reduce risk.  These analytics become important information for our technical committees so that they can better understand what other changes need to be made to the standard.


More and more fire protection systems are networked to Building Control Systems, it’s the Internet of Things. These and many other platforms are, by design or sometimes by oversight, being exposed to the Internet. This connectivity can lead to cyber vulnerabilities and attacks on fire protection systems.


To date, a thorough understanding of fire protection cybersecurity issues has been lacking. So, our research arm, the Fire Protection Research Foundation is working to better understand vulnerabilities, the severity of consequences, and the awareness issues that exist within the fire protection community. When the Foundation research is released in the beginning of the year, it will inform the standards development process.


In the meantime, at least 16 NFPA standards have cybersecurity references including NFPA 72 which features guidance and requirements to address cybersecurity for equipment, software, firmware, tools, and installation methods, as well as the physical security and access to equipment, data pathways, testing, and maintenance. In fact, NFPA 72 includes an entirely new annex called Guidelines for Cybersecurity.


These Internet of Things (IoT) electrical technologies and smart equipment allow for the collection of real-time data, which can then be used to preempt failures, schedule maintenance, and provide safety for workers – the latter benefit is of interest to NFPA 70B – electrical equipment maintenance and 70E – electrical safety in the workplace committees.


These are just some of the ways that NFPA standards are morphing in digital times and looking to safeguard data. NFPA staff and volunteers from 42 countries who fill more than 9000 technical committee seats will continue considering the innovations and potential challenges that often come with progress because it is critical that safety and progress move in lockstep. 



NFPA has released a new fact sheet in English and Spanish to help clear up misconceptions about ammonium nitrate dangers. The resource for code officials, business owners, and facility managers was developed following the catastrophic explosion in Beirut, Lebanon that reportedly killed 190 people, injured 6,500 more, left an estimated 300,000 residents homeless, and resulted in $10–15 billion(US) in property damage.


Ammonium nitrate is a chemical compound produced in both solid and liquid form that is commonly used in fertilizers. Pure ammonium nitrate is stable, and when stored properly, it poses few safety hazards. Destabilization, however, can occur when flames or fire heats the ammonium nitrate causing it to become self-reactive and give off gases that are flammable and can ignite.


The new guidance looks at conditions that might destabilize ammonium nitrate and offers safety steps that can protect buildings before an enforcement issue or incident occurs. The document covers the following:


  • How and Why Ammonium Nitrate Turns Dangerous
  • Dangerous Conditions
  • Highly Dangerous Conditions
  • How to Increase Facility Protection
  • Safety Requirements
  • New Construction
  • Existing Facilities
  • Detection and Notification Systems
  • Emergency Response Issues


NFPA has generated related content about ammonium nitrate including a video blog, an NFPA Journal article, a podcast, a Learn Something New video, and a blog about hot work. An Arabic version of the new fact sheet will be posted later this fall. All these resources point to the guidance that is available in NFPA 400, Hazardous Materials Code.

NFPA and the Fire Protection Research Foundation have signed an updated MOU to collaborate with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) on activities related to emergency responder PPE, as well as the development of standards concerning first responder safety, deployment, operations, and the protection of emergency personnel.


NIOSH is currently involved in the NFPA standards development process for emergency responder PPE so that first responders are protected from physical, chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, thermal, inhalation and dermal hazards. The new 10-year MOU continues NIOSH participation with NFPA Technical Committees that work on responder organization operations, deployment, training, and safety.


“This updated MOU provides benchmarks for our organizations to further cooperate and coordinate on activities, advocacy, and adoption of key documents and programs that are designed to keep responders safe and competent in their roles,” said Jim Pauley, NFPA president and CEO.


“The NFPA is a critical partner in NIOSH’s efforts to protect emergency responders from hazards encountered in the line of duty,” said NIOSH Director John Howard, MD. “Renewing the MOU affords us the opportunity for sustained collaboration over the next decade to improve responders’ safety and health.”

Highlights of the MOU include participating organizations:


  • working together on technical information and standards concerning performance, testing, validation, use, care and maintenance of responder PPE, as well as safety issues concerning deployment and operations
  • sharing relevant information concerning testing data, research studies, program findings, and standards development to enhance each organization’s efforts and overall responder effectiveness
  • providing insights related to firefighter exposure and acute and chronic injuries, illnesses, and diseases such as cancers, respiratory disease, heart disease and musculoskeletal injuries
  • exchanging recommendations and lessons learned from firefighter fatality investigations to advance the development, adoption, and revision of standards
  • developing death and injury prevention guidance and ways to promote best practices to responder organizations, and, when appropriate, incorporating the information into NIOSH regulations and compliance
  • working to ensure that NIOSH regulations and NFPA consensus standards are adopted by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the InterAgency Board for Equipment Standardization and Interoperability (IAB)
  • incorporating NFPA technical expertise and guidance for long term technology deployment related to emergency responders and their organizations
  • supporting the NIOSH-National Firefighter Registry efforts to expand sources of data for individual firefighter exposure
  • participating in peer reviews for projects and resources related to the above topics


On average there are 67 on duty firefighter deaths per year. This MOU was established so that emergency response organizations and personnel have thorough research, testing, standards, operational strategies, and programming to ensure that personnel can safely and competently perform the all-hazards role that they play in society.

This blog was updated on 10/27


The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) will host a Considerations for Warehouse Fire Safety webinar on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. (EDT) for contractors, installers, engineers, facility managers and code officials.


In recent months, we have seen large scale warehouse fires including one at a Redlands, California distribution center being used as an Amazon facility. NFPA research shows that, on average, there are 1,410 warehouse fires annually which result in two deaths, 20 injuries and $159.4 million in direct property damage.


A trio of industry experts will cover some of the key considerations for warehouse fire safety during a roundtable panel discussion moderated by Matt Klaus, NFPA Director of Technical Services, and a highly regarded subject matter expert in his own right. They include:


  • James Golinveaux – President & CEO of Viking Group will provide insights on testing, storage and warehousing history
  • Tracey Bellamy – Chief Engineering Officer at Telgian will offer engineering and design perspective, as well as ITM information for large enterprises
  • Dave Lowrey - Fire Marshal for the City of Boulder will weigh in from an AHJ point of view


At a minimum, the following topics will be addressed during the webinar with plenty of time allotted for questions and answers:

  • How warehouses are typically specified and built
  • Importance of commodity classification
  • ESFR sprinklers – design and limitations
  • Management of change
  • Importance of ITM

Join us on the 4th for a worthwhile exchange - there will be plenty of time for questions and answers. Register for the Considerations for Warehouse Fire Safety webinar today or tell a colleague. NFPA also offers great resources that pertain to warehouses including incident statistics, reports, and suppression related research. Earlier this year, new information on Early Suppression Fast Response (ESFR) sprinklers was posted on the NFPA website because ESFRs are often installed in warehouses to avoid installation of in-rack sprinklers.

Photo: Harris County Emergency Services District No. 48


In my five years of writing blogs and other content at NFPA, there have been some themes and issues that have persistently bubbled up. One of them is building under construction fires like the incident that occurred earlier this week in Katy, Texas.


News outlets report that a multi-alarm fire destroyed two four-story apartment buildings with a total of 400 apartments right off a major artery. The project, which is a total loss, was about six months into development when the early morning blaze broke out, producing heavy thick smoke that was reportedly visible for up to 20 miles.

In this latest incident, a firefighter was injured, propane tanks exploded, garages nearby were engulfed, and a neighboring field was burned. In other words, havoc ensued because as we have seen and stated time and again – buildings under construction are very hard to battle because most of the passive fire protection features, such as gypsum board, are not fully in place, allowing the fire to travel undisturbed throughout the building.  In this case, sprinklers were not in service, the water system was maxed out early on, and hot spots persisted throughout the day.

When it comes to building under construction fires, the fire service is often already playing catch up upon their arrival. Local news station KHOU reported that Martin Acosta, a construction worker who helped build the apartments said, “It's a miracle no one was hurt because there are usually at least six people on the site by 6 a.m.”

Earlier this year, NFPA Applied Research issued a report on Fires in Structures Under Construction or Renovation. In part, the research shows that from 2013-2017 fire departments responded to an estimated average of 3,840 fires in structures under construction and 2,580 fires in structures under major renovation per year. Other noteworthy findings include:

  • Three of every four fires in structures under construction involved residential properties.
  • Cooking equipment is the leading cause of fires on construction sites, while electrical distribution and lighting equipment was the leading cause of fires in structures under major renovation.
  • The fires in structures under construction caused an average of four civilian deaths, 49 civilian injuries, and $304 million in direct property damage annually, while those in structures under major renovation caused averages of eight civilian deaths, 52 civilian injuries, and $104 million in direct property damage annually.

Given the unfortunate and unnecessary trend of building under construction fires, NFPA has developed a wide array of resources so that the building community, code enforcers, the fire service, and policy makers can be better informed about statistics, incidents, hazards and best practices. For example:

  • The next edition of NFPA 241 Standard for Safeguarding Construction, Alteration, and Demolition Operations will be out next summer. The Second Draft meeting is at the end of October and the report from that meeting will be posted in late January.
  • NFPA has created three fact sheets on this topic  - Preventing Construction Site Fires, Construction Safety During Emergencies, and a fact sheet related to the statistics noted above. These pieces can be found at 
  • The NFPA Fire & Life Safety Policy institute has also provided guidance via blogs and a policy brief designed to help communities prevent these incidents.
  • NFPA Journal has covered this topic broadly and specifically written about repeat offenders.
  • NFPA also offers online training, and those that take the training can now earn a digital badge upon successful completion that can be shared across social media. 
  • Next month, a new Construction Site Fire Safety Fundamentals online training will launch and in 2021 a Fire Prevention Program Manager Online series will be introduced.

Designating a fire prevention program manager with the right skills and expertise to do the job effectively is a key component to keeping buildings under construction free from fire. That dedicated individual not only needs to know what NFPA 241 says, but also should be familiar with 19 additional codes and standards referenced within the document.


It's time to stop the dangerous, destructive trend of buildings under construction fires.




The Fire Protection Research Foundation, the research affiliate of NFPA, has received two FEMA Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFGs) to study the effectiveness of fire investigator personal protective equipment (PPE) and to develop a strategic roadmap for the fire service while transitioning from fluorinated foam usage to fluorine free foam technology.


The first study will look at the effectiveness of fire investigator PPE, post-fire skin-cleansing wipes, and the on-scene decontamination methods being used by investigators to reduce exposure to toxic fireground contaminants. A standard for fire investigator PPE or specifications to help select the appropriate protective ensembles are lacking today. Working with North Carolina State University (NCSU), The Research Foundation will provide a thorough evaluation of performance across a wide range of currently fielded PPE; produce methods for evaluating particulate protection and post-fire wipe efficacy; and develop recommendations for the relevant standards committees. The project is just getting underway and will run for three years.


The second project will look to enhance firefighter health and safety by developing best practice recommendations for firefighting foam operations and handling while transitioning to fluorine free foam technology. Fire departments are seeking replacements for Aqueous Film Forming Foams (AFFFs) and other agents containing fluorsurfactants but lack acceptable drop-in replacements for AFFFs that are effective. This is a complex problem that requires insights on fire extinguishing performance, health risks, environmental contamination, and other concerns. The one-year project calls for a comprehensive review of published works, ongoing research studies and industry practices; a stakeholder workshop to evaluate the collected baseline information and identify knowledge gaps; and a report that summarizes the overall research findings.


When available, proceedings and reports will be posted on Information on previous research efforts, as well as 50-plus other projects currently underway, can also be found on the Research Foundation landing page.


News outlets report that the former Our Lady of the Angels school building, located on the site of a historic Chicago fire that killed 95 people, has been outfitted with a new automatic sprinkler system.


The December 1, 1958 fire at Our Lady of the Angels was one of the deadliest school fires in history – killing 92 school children and 3 nuns who were unable to exit their classrooms via the second floor hallway and stairwell given the fire’s intense smoke, heat, and toxic gases.


The devastating incident began in a basement garbage bin located near a stairwell in the school’s older wing and smoldered without notice for at least 20 minutes. Smoke and fire then spread up the stairwell to the first floor where it was thwarted by a closed heavy wooden door. Thick gray smoke and fumes, however, persisted up the stairwell to the second floor where it was able to spread to the hallways and classrooms because that level lacked a fire door.


Conditions intensified after making contact with combustibles such as wood construction materials, heavily waxed floors, and children’s coats hanging on hooks in the hallway. The intense heat was unable to break through the roof because it had been re-tarred several times. Extra oxygen from a door that was propped open and the shattering of a glass transom window on the first floor fueled the fire. All these factors, combined with slow emergency response due to notification and communication failures, created an epic disaster that killed nearly a third of the 334 occupants on the second floor. The victims were asphyxiated, burned and forced to jump out of classroom windows.


The year after the tragedy, NFPA issued a report on the blaze and called out community and Catholic leaders in Chicago for "housing their children in fire traps". The school had recently passed a safety inspection but was exempt from retrofitting safety devices because the structure was built before 1949. Former NFPA President Percy Bugbee reportedly said at the time, "There are no new lessons to be learned from this fire; only old lessons that tragically went unheeded."


In 1960, the Our Lady of the Angels School was rebuilt. In 1999, the Archdiocese of Chicago closed the school and the building was used as a charter school until 2016, and most recently by the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels as a food pantry, daycare, and afterschool resource for families on Chicago’s West Side.  


Thanks to the generosity of local fire sprinkler fitters, the U.S. Alliance Fire Protection, plumbers and pipe fitter union members, the occupants of the newly renovated Our Lady of the Angels Outreach Center can take comfort in their building being protected by current life safety codes and the lifesaving benefits that come with modern day fire protection and suppression systems.

With businesses pivoting to meet different building configurations due to COVID, it is a good time to revisit fire extinguisher location and type requirements to ensure that you are compliant with what code officials are enforcing.


Having the right type of fire extinguisher in the right place can help quell a fire before the fire department arrives, if appropriate. Two key considerations for fire extinguishers are accessibility and visibility.  Extinguishers should be readily accessible along a normal travel path and should be visible; and if that is not possible, signage should indicate where to locate an extinguisher. Additionally, portable extinguishers must meet one of five classes based on the use of the extinguisher and the location requirements defined by NFPA 10 Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers.


NFPA 1 Fire Code, mandates the presence of fire extinguishers for most occupancies, while other codes, such as NFPA 101 Life Safety Code, may have different requirements depending on their scope.  All applicable codes should be reviewed to determine if a fire extinguisher is required in your facility, and where multiple codes are used, the most restrictive should be applied.


To refresh your memory of fire extinguisher requirements or to learn if you are compliant given any recently revised occupancy needs, download the NFPA Fire Extinguisher Fact Sheet today.


NFPA President & CEO Jim Pauley will deliver the virtual keynote address to kick off Siemen's Smart Infrastructure Summit & Expo on Thursday, October 1.


In his presentation, Transforming Your Fire & Life Safety Systems into the Digital AgePauley will point to historic moments in time that led to the development of codes and standards and recent catastrophic events that demonstrate the need to connect the dots on safety, as the NFPA Fire & Life Safety Ecosystem suggests.


With all the digital transformation happening in fire protection and building systems, the head of NFPA says, "The smart technologies that we are seeing in fire protection and building management systems present both opportunities for risk mitigation as well as new safety hazards to consider. Understanding and integrating digital solutions and smart technologies into the built environment is important for progress, but we cannot let innovation outpace safety."


Pauley will touch on remote testing, the IOT, cyber security, and other modern day considerations being addressed in NFPA standards. He will also discuss how NFPA is transforming so that professionals and practitioners can get NFPA codes and situational context much faster via phones, tablets and laptops.


Register for the complimentary session #SmartForTheNewNormal #smartinfrastructure #siemens 

NFPA has developed three new Learning Path programs to help different stakeholders prepare for certification credentials at their own pace and at the level they deem necessary. Professionals looking to get ready for Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS), Certified Fire Inspector (CFI-I), and Certified Fire Plan Examiner (CFPE) exams can customize their studying approach to include individual online training modules or a full program with more comprehensive educational content. The Learning Path option is also great for fire departments or companies looking to further workers’ capabilities via online training rather than classroom training that may take them away from work.


Available 24/7, each Learning Path program has its own set of strategies for helping students to grasp the subject matter. All three offerings include a practice exam component, a final Capstone activity to test knowledge and core responsibilities, and a navigation tool that helps stakeholders plot out their long-range learning approach so that they are covering related content in advance of the certification exam date. 


These online learnings are great for fire protection professionals, risk managers, loss control specialists, fire officers, fire marshals, fire inspectors, safety managers, fire protection consultants, designers, engineers, code enforcers, facility managers, building owners, and others responsible for the application of fire safety, protection, prevention, and suppression technologies.


Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS) Learning Path


The Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS) credential documents competency and offers professional recognition for individuals involved in curtailing physical and financial fire loss. The 41 certification modules in the Premium bundle have been created with material from the NFPA Fire Protection Handbook (FPH) and feature expert videos, interactive 3D fire scene investigation tools, official research reports and news reports of fire incidents, knowledge checks, and quizzes at the end of every module. The interactive, online course is based on the new 2020 CFPS examination content outline.


Certified Fire Inspector I (CFI-I) Learning Path


Those planning to take the Certified Fire Inspector I examination will learn about the job performance requirements for the Fire Inspector I level as defined in the 2014 edition of NFPA 1031, Standard for Professional Qualification for Fire Inspector and Plan Examiner. New learners will benefit from a full online CFI-I learning program with 31 hours of related content and the possibility of earning 3.1 continuing education units (CEUs). This track includes 10 modules specifically designed to prepare the CFI-I candidate for the exam and an additional 21 modules that provide in-depth training on codes and standards. Those interested in a leaner approach, can opt for the Primer offer, which includes the 10 exam prep modules or take individual ala carte courses.


Certified Fire Plan Examiner (CFPE) Learning Path


Like the CFI-I program, the Certified Fire Plan Examiner certification exam is based on NFPA 1031 and also includes NFPA codes related directly to the plan examiner’s field-of-practice – NFPA 1 Fire Code, NFPA 13 Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems, NFPA 72 National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code and NFPA 101 Life Safety Code. Designed to mirror the certification exam blueprint, this Learning Path entails 27 hours of content (2.7 CEUs) including expert video commentary, interactive 3D tools, case studies, regulation-changing fire-incident videos, and a unique interactive sandbox area.


Learn more about other NFPA online and virtual training options.


Before he rides off into the sunset and begins to enjoy a well-deserved retirement, NFPA Director of Engineering and resident industrial/chemical expert Guy Colonna will conduct a webinar for stakeholders in Latin America on Monday, August 24 at 8pm EDT – 19:00 Mexico City local time. Colonna will join Jaime Gutiérrez, new NFPA international development director for Latin America, on his show Dialogues in México from Home for a discussion about the role of ammonium nitrate in the catastrophic Beirut explosion – and appropriate safety management of the chemical compound.


Colonna recently explained during an NFPA video blog and an NFPA podcast that ammonium nitrate is generally used to make fertilizers and explosives. It does not, however, burn on its own which indicates that there were likely multiple safety fails that lead to the devastating blow in Beirut.  Based on news reports, the August 4th disaster appears to have resulted because some of the critical components of the NFPA Fire & Life Safety Ecosystem were blatantly disregarded or overlooked.


Colonna will offer guidance on safely handling ammonium nitrate and address myths about the chemical during a short webinar which will be conducted in English with Gutiérrez translating and facilitating a Q & A session.


Register for this webinar today and make plans to tune in on Monday.


The way people work and learn has changed considerably in recent years, and particularly, in the months since COVID-19 took hold in the United States. NFPA has been following this trend for years and mobilizing to meet distance learning demands in a variety of ways so that a broad range of stakeholders can stay current on workplace information and knowledge.

One such way of learning is the NFPA 70 National Electrical Code (NEC) Online Training Series which includes seven different modules ideally suited for members of the electrical, enforcement and maintenance communities. The training emphasizes safe and compliant electrical installation and design while helping students to locate, interpret, and apply requirements in the ever-evolving NEC. The online training challenges learners to apply the NEC, reference tables and complete calculations; it features instructional presentations, interactive exercises, and an integrated set of scenario-based activities.

Electrical system designers, electrical engineers, electrical contractors, safety engineers, installation and maintenance professionals, manufacturers, electrical inspectors, facility maintenance personnel, and project managers will learn how NEC compliance helps provide electrical safety in commercial, and industrial applications. Previous versions of the training centered around the 2014 and 2017 editions of the NEC. The new version has been updated for consistency with the 2020 edition of the code and includes high-demand topics such as grounding, bonding, motors and HVAC equipment. Students will assess what they learn during an interactive renovation project of a high school built to the 1981 version of the code; a Capstone component at the end of each module also allows students to confirm their grasp of course content.

Over a span of 10 self-paced hours, students will learn to:


  • Describe NEC general requirements for the execution of work
  • Identify the requirements for determining minimum conductor size and calculating load
  • Determine the requirements for routing conductors and securing raceways
  • Define and describe the elements of grounded and ungrounded systems
  • Identify equipment grounding and bonding requirements
  • Identify types and functions of overcurrent protective devices
  • Determine ratings and requirements for motors and HVAC systems
  • Upon successfully passing an online assessment, participants will earn a Certificate of Completion.


The NEC has been around since 1897 and it continues to evolve with the times. It is enforced in various editions in all 50 states and referred to in jurisdictions all around the world. A skilled workforce, utilizing the knowledgeable in the NEC, is paramount to ensuring the protection of people and property from electrical hazards.


NFPA LiNK, a new digital content on demand platform, was introduced during a virtual product reveal today.

NFPA LiNK is designed to deliver intuitive, seamless, code-based information to those responsible for building, electrical and life safety via mobile devices, tablets, laptops, or preferred devices. NFPA LiNK is set to transform NFPA from a 124-year-old book publisher to a globally connected information and knowledge provider.

For more than a century, people have turned to National Fire Protection Association codes and standards to do their jobs efficiently and effectively; but in recent years, NFPA has seen a shift in the ways that people learn and work. Today’s workforce does not find a physical book or a static digital version of a book the best means to help solve problems on a real-time basis. Instead, professionals, practitioners, and policy makers want to connect the dots on safety, and glean real-world, real-time understanding.


“NFPA stakeholders want code information and insights faster than ever before,” Jim Pauley, NFPA president and CEO said. “I am convinced that NFPA LiNK will help revolutionize safety through better access to more robust information.”

The first iteration of NFPA LiNK will feature the National Electrical Code and electrical content, followed by building and life safety and fire protection codes; the goal is to have all 300-plus NFPA codes and standards in NFPA LiNK by the end of 2021. Additional resources will then be added, and new features will be unveiled on a regular basis.

At full development, NFPA LiNK subscribers can look forward to:


  • accessing the full set of NFPA codes and standards and when new editions are released, subscriptions will be automatically updated
  • using situation-based navigation to easily find the information needed
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