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Hollywood, Manchester by the Sea, movie, fire safety

While the Oscars may be over, many of the movies that were up for this coveted award very much remain in the hearts and minds of viewers. Their themes, storylines and characters have touched us in some profound way and still have us talking.


One such movie, Manchester by the Sea, starring Casey Affleck, hits close to home for many of us who advocate for fire safety. In the film, we see the painful and long-term impact fire can have on an individual, a family and a community. It is, by all accounts, an important reminder that the fire problem still looms large and has the power to destroy lives.

The latest “Outreach” column in NFPA Journal takes a look at the movie and explains how Hollywood gets this one right in its effort to show the true effects of fire and loss.

Are you planning to see the movie? Or maybe you're one of the many fire safety advocates and fire service professionals who has seen it? If you have, read this month's column, "Getting Fire Right," and tell us what you think. What effect has this film had on you, on your job or your role in the community? We'd love to hear your thoughts and opinions.

NFPA 80, fire doors, swinging fire doors, quiz

How much do you know about the inspection, testing and maintenance requirements for swinging fire doors?


Take our quick quiz and test your knowledge of the use of NFPA 80: Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives. The quiz is based on the 2016 edition of NFPA 80.

More and more U.S. municipal fire departments are being called upon to respond to wildfire incidents. Is your fire department one of them? Do they have the capability to handle these unusually challenging events?


This question was the focus of a recent webinar hosted by NFPA’s Hylton Haynes, a senior research analyst and Tom McGowan, senior fire service specialist. The two discussed the findings from NFPA’s 2015 Fourth Needs Assessment of the U.S. Fire Service survey that address wildfire preparedness in local fire departments. Progress has definitely been made in the area, but the data also tells us there's a lot more work that still has to be done. The webinar takes a look at the following areas of need including:


• Personnel and capabilities
• Training
• Health and wellness
• Personal protective clothing
• The use of auxiliary (support) roles when responding to wildfire events
• Community risk reduction


If you weren't able to join us for the webinar back on February 22nd, we invite you to take advantage of the video here on Xchange. See how your answers compare to those who completed the survey and learn what challenges fire departments across the U.S., like yours, face when it comes to wildfire mitigation, safety and response.


The following is a video preview:



You can watch the full video for free if you are logged into Xchange.

If you haven’t registered for Xchange yet, it’s really easy to do. Just look for the login link above to login or register for your free account. Once you’re logged in, you will have access to the full webinar, in addition to related free content and discussions with your peers across the country and around the world. Don’t miss out; get involved today!

wildfire, webinar, firefighter safety, training, Fourth Needs Assessment


More and more U.S. municipal fire departments are being called upon to respond to wildfire incidents, but do they have the capability to handle these unusually challenging events? Is your department adequately prepared to respond to wildfires in your community?

Join us on Wednesday, February 22 at 12:30 pm as we discuss findings in NFPA’s 2015 Needs Assessment survey that focus on wildfire preparedness in local fire departments including:

• Personnel and capabilities
• Training
• Health and wellness
• Personal protective clothing
• The use of auxiliary (support) roles when responding to wildfire events
• Community risk reduction

Ensuring our fire departments have the resources to do their jobs safely and effectively is imperative. The survey is an important resource that speaks to their needs and the very challenges they face.

Please visit NFPA’s webpage for more information and to register, .

In 2015, teaming up with representatives from the nation’s leading fire service organizations, NFPA conducted the Fourth Needs Assessment of the U.S. Fire Service. This latest report follows three earlier surveys completed in 2001, 2005 and 2010.

Based on audience feedback from these past assessments, NFPA worked diligently to update the 2015 assessment, adding new questions to the survey, providing both an online and paper version for easier access, and other key changes.

The result is a comprehensive report that helps inform Congress and the U.S. Fire Administration where funding is needed across the U.S. Fire Service. It also serves as a powerful tool for local fire departments when discussing their capabilities within their jurisdictions. The report takes a look at both career and volunteer departments, structural and wildland-urban interface firefighting, and examines areas such as fire personnel and their capabilities, facilities and apparatus, personal protective equipment, community risk reduction, and much more.

While the 2015 Needs Assessment report shows that some fire service needs in these categories have been declining, many have remained constant or have increased. For a deeper dive into the report findings, we invite you to watch our full one-hour webinar here on Xchange.

The following is a preview:


Haven't registered for Xchange yet? It’s easy to do. Look for the login link above to login or register for your free account on Xchange. Once you’re logged in, you will have access to the full webinar, in addition to related free content, access to NFPA staff and discussions with your peers across the country and around the world. Don’t miss out; get involved today!

College.JPGA recent 4-alarm fire, which broke out Labor Day Weekend in a student housing building at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Purchase College highlights the importance of requiring all college dormitories to have automatic fire sprinklers, according to a recent press release sent out by the leaders of the New York Fire Sprinkler Council, a division of the Mechanical Contractors Association of New York.


Eight different Westchester County fire departments were called in to extinguish the fire, which forced dozens of students to move to temporary housing. The dorm, located on campus on “K Street”, did not have fire sprinklers installed.


“Thankfully no one was injured in the SUNY Purchase fire, but this incident highlights the risks of placing students in campus housing without fire suppression systems.” said Tony Saporito, Executive Vice President of the Mechanical Contractors Association of New York, Inc. “Automatic fire sprinklers not only put out fires quickly, but statistics prove they save lives and property.”


Pending New York State legislation, introduced by Assemblyman Kevin Cahill (D-103, Ulster & Dutchess Counties), would require all SUNY and City University of New York (CUNY) campus dormitories to be retrofitted with fire-sprinklers (Assembly Bill #A1217). According to the release, there has never been any real urgency for the state to advance this public safety legislation first introduced in 2003, however, many in the fire services believe the need for action is long overdue.


Read the attached press release (below) for the full story. A more detailed look at the fire sprinkler efforts aimed at New York colleges can be found in a September 13 post written by my colleague, Fred Durso, communications manager for NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative.


As a reminder, NFPA, Campus Firewatch, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the U.S. Fire Administration joined forces in May to launch the “See It Before You Sign It Campaign,” encouraging parents to take a more active role in helping their loved ones choose secure, fire-safe housing for the school year. This includes considering residences with fire sprinklers. For more, including resources, statistics, checklists, tips and videos, visit the Campus Firewatch webpage or by visiting

ESFI 3.JPGAs fires rage across the state of California and devastating floods continue to affect thousands in Louisiana, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published new editions of its safety guides and has supplied hundreds of copies to emergency management officials, building code officials, and electrical professionals in Louisiana and California.


The NEMA guides, Evaluating Fire- and Heat-Damaged Electrical Equipment and Evaluating Water-Damaged Electrical Equipment, provide important advice on the safe handling of electrical equipment that has been exposed to fire or water, respectively, and outline items that will require complete replacement or that can be reconditioned by a trained professional. The guides are free and available for download on NEMA's website.


In addition, ESFI (Electrical Safety Foundation International), which has been working with NEMA since last year on a standard operating procedure for natural disasters that affect the transmission and use of electricity, is warning consumers of the electrical dangers associated with severe storms and the resulting floods and power outages. The organization has created a great infographic that provides statistics on flood dangers, and it also include tips on electrical safety before, during and after a flood. Download the infographic today and share it with your friends and family.


Access all of NEMA's natural disaster resources by visiting the NEMA website. Consumers can find weather-related safety tips as well, on ESFI's website. Additional information about electrical safety at home can be found in NFPA's public education section of the website.

C&E.JPGAs you can guess, NFPA’s annual Conference & Expo takes LOTS of planning and coordination including securing, years in advance, the location of the event.


NFPA has scheduled our conference in Boston next year and in Las Vegas in 2018, but we haven’t finalized a location for our 2019 event. That’s where you, our prospective attendees come in. If you could choose, where would you like to see NFPA’s Conference & Expo?


How does New Orleans sound? What about San Antonio? Is Vegas still your favorite?  Take our online survey, which features the four cities we're considering, and tell us what you think. The deadline to respond is Thursday, August 11. Then stay tuned right here in Xchange for the results!


Want to vote but haven’t signed up for Xchange? It’s easy! Just look for the login link at the top of the page to register for your free account. Get involved today and be part of the conversation!

Earlier this year Matt Klaus, NFPA's Technical Lead, hosted the first NFPA 25: Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems hands-on training class and according to those who participated, it was a resounding success. How successful, you ask? Well, just read what one of the attendees had to say: "I think this was the best class I ever attended in 30 years in the industry!"


Because of its success and the request for more training sessions, on Monday, August 29 - Wednesday, August 31, 2016 NFPA will be bringing this class back to Cranston, Rhode Island. Participants will not only get the chance to gain knowledge in the classroom but they'll also get hands-on training in a lab setting. Attendees will also be able to review the 2014 edition of NFPA 25 chapter by chapter with Matt, and then apply what what they’ve learned on actual equipment.



There's nothing better than being able use the tools you learn and apply them to your job immediately, right? So join us! The class is popular so register now before it's too late.


Want some additional information before you hit "send" to register? The video above provides a great overview of the class from Matt himself. Give it a watch then read more about the training in our catalog. We hope to see you in Rhode Island!

NFPA is working with a number of states to have our online electrical training courses approved for use in renewing your electrician's license. These include:


  • NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace (2015) Online Training Series
  • NFPA 70, National Electrical Code (NEC) (2014) Online Training Series


Currently, courses are available for the following states:

* Texas

* Georgia

* Colorado

* Florida

* Wisconsin


The great news is, each series allows you to work at your own pace and qualifies for 6-8 hours (depending on the state) towards your license renewal.


Need to renew your license? Then join us today. Find  overall information on what courses can be applied to your license renewal, or just select your state above for a more detailed look at what you need, including who to contact for answers to your questions:

Each year, electrical dangers in the workplace cause hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries. NFPA 70E: Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace, is the key to saving lives, reducing liability, and avoiding loss due to electrical incidents.


70E.JPGDuring our two-day interactive, expert-led seminar you'll learn about the latest changes to NFPA 70E such as the new direct current (DC) tasks table. You'll also receive information about how to apply the 2015 edition of NFPA 70E to assess electrical risks and reduce employee exposure to potentially deadly hazards, and you'll be able to document safety procedures for compliance with OSHA 1910 Subpart S and OSHA 1926 Subpart K. Throughout the seminar, you'll even participate in activities and exercises and use videos, templates and job aids that will provide you with the right tools to help set up and follow an electrical safety program.


The next seminar runs from Thursday, July 14 - Friday, July 15, 2016 in Williamsburg, Virginia. Can't make this event? Then check out our entire list of opportunities that run through the end of the year. You're bound to find a date and time that works best in your schedule.


Whether you're an employer responsible for personnel safety or an employee tasked with identifying and addressing electrical hazards, you'll want to join your fellow colleagues at this training. Find more information on NFPA's website and sign up today!

Are you involved in the design, installation, maintenance or inspection of healthcare facilities? If you are, then you're also responsible for meeting the CMS requirements of the 2012 edition of NFPA 99: Health Care Facilities Code.



On July 21-22, 2016, NFPA will host classroom training designed to guide you through NFPA 99's revised content and complete reorganization. You'll also get an in-depth look at how to conduct a risk-based analysis. The great news, too, is that the training is interactive and through hands-on exercises and activities you'll get a great working knowledge of the Code. The classroom training will take place at the Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf Hotel in San Francisco.


Won't you join us?  Learn what's different about the 2012 edition of NFPA 99 and how will it impact your work in all types of health care settings. Want to know a little more before you sign up? Our video above offers a brief overview about the training programs and certifications.


Get additional information and register today to participate!

NFPA will host a free webinar on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 from 12:00 – 2:00 pm EDT and will cover the changes in the 2017 edition of NFPA 70®, National Electrical Code (NEC), including new articles on large scale power generation, energy storage and direct current distribution.


Capture.JPGThe webinar, “Proposed Changes to the 2017 Edition of the National Electrical Code,” is aimed at electricians, installers, contractors, designers, engineers, code enforcers, AHJ’s and policymakers, and will feature Jeff Sargent, NFPA’s regional electrical code specialist, who will discuss five new articles proposed for the 2017 revision:

• Article 425 - Fixed Resistance and Electrode Industrial Process Heating Equipment

• Article 691 - Large-Scale Photovoltaic (PV) Electric Supply Stations

• Article 706 - Energy Storage Systems (ESS)

• Article 712 - Direct Current Microgrids

• Article 710 – Microgrids


This event fills up quickly. Be among the first to learn more about the 2017 NEC and register for the webinar today!

With the Independence Day holiday upon us, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has debuted their public service announcement on fireworks safety featuring New York Giants football player, Jason Pierre-Paul, who lost an index finger and part of his thumb on his right hand following a July 4th fireworks accident at his home last year.


While Pierre-Paul has resumed his NFL career since the accident, his life has been drastically altered, leading him to work closely with the CPSC in an effort to warn others about the dangers of fireworks. His message: Leave the fireworks to the professionals!



CPSC reports that in 2015 there were 11 deaths and nearly 12,000 ER-treated injuries from fireworks - the  highest number in 15 years! With more states relaxing their laws and allowing the purchase and use of more types of fireworks by consumers, this timely message of fireworks safety cannot be emphasized enough.


Here are some additional facts, according to the CPSC report:


* Nine out of the 11 deaths involved reloadable aerial devices, a professional grade fireworks device that can quickly result in tragedy, when used incorrectly

* In 2015, the deadliest fireworks incidents most often involved males older than 20

* Young adults between the ages of 15 and 19 accounted for the highest rate of injuries, followed by children aged 5 to 9

* About 65 percent of all injuries involved burns from devices such as sparklers, bottle rockets and firecrackers


With all of this data available and related stories of tragedy, this July 4th, we strongly encourage everyone to please play it safe. Spend quality time with your family and friends and create happy memories this year by enjoying fireworks in your community that are put on by professionals. For more information including safety tips and an inforgraphic, visit NFPA's fireworks safety webpage.


Happy Fourth of July, everyone!

The JATC Tournament is an online code challenge where JATCs nationwide were able to test their NEC IQ in a head-to-head tournament for a chance to attend this year's NFPA's Conference & Expo in Las Vegas AND get an exclusive first look at the upcoming 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC). The JATC Tournament was created by NFPA, publisher of the NEC, in conjunction with the Electrical Training Alliance (ETA).



Congratulations to the winning team (left to right in group photo above):


* Greg Grenier - ETA Director of LMS

* Ghedlom Kiros - IBEW Local 106

* James  Reid - IBEW Local 111

* Nicole Griffith - IBEW Local 108

* Lon Adams - IBEW Local 112

* Maikil Hernodon - IBEW Local 110

* Jessica Hitt (Team Captain) - IBEW Local 106

* Gerard  Andrews - IBEW Local 113

* Andrew Jewett - IBEW Local 107

* Prentise Hicks - IBEW Local 109

* Dan Whiting - NFPA Content Marketing Manager


Jesscia Hitt.jpgAs part of the prize package for winning the JATC Tournament, each member receives a complimentary toolkit from tournament sponsor, Southwire. NFPA will also provide the JATC with complimentary 2017 NEC handbooks and NEC flashcards for use in their training programs.


Congratulations to IBEW Local 106 on their win!


Photo right:  Jessica Hitt (center), IBEW Local 106 team captain with Electrical Training Alliance (ETA) Director of LMS, Greg Grenier (left), and NFPA's Dan Whiting, content marketing manager.

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