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During the Technical Meeting today in Las Vegas, NFPA members are considering proposed changes to four NFPA documents. The first document up for consideration, NFPA 25, Standard for Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection, was passed with three amending motions. See details on our Conference & Expo blog.

emergency responder robotics.jpgNFPA is seeking public comment by June 17, 2016, on a proposed new project for the development of a standard on operational protocol and professional qualifications for operators of emergency responder robotics (including unmanned aerial systems, unmanned aerial vehicles, and other robotics utilized in emergency responder applications).


NFPA is soliciting comments from all interested individuals and organizations for these robotics, and specifically asks: "Do you, or your organization, support NFPA developing a standard on UAS operation protocols and UAV operator professional qualifications?"


If the Standards Council approves the project, it is anticipated that a new NFPA Technical Committee will be established to provide expertise and a balance of interested stakeholders specific to applicable technologies and operations. If you or your organization are interested in participation on a Technical Committee to develop the proposed project, please complete our online committee members application.

It's not every day a nationally-respected fire safety "spokesdog" turns 65! But today, March 18, marks a milestone birthday for Sparky the Fire Dog®, the official mascot of NFPA.


Sparky, a fire safety icon beloved by children and adults alike, has helped teach millions of people about fire safety through educational lessons and materials featuring his image. Sparky frequently visits schools and participates in community events to spread fire safety messages, often accompanied by his firefighter friends.


Like a true Pisces, Sparky is caring, sympathetic, and is always willing to help others, without hoping to get anything back.


NFPA is cooking up all kinds of adventures to help Sparky celebrate his birthday: over the new few months, Sparky will enjoy chance-of-a-lifetime excursions, must-have meetups, unforgettable learning opportunities, and cool collaborations with others who have made fire safety their mission. Be sure to check out his 65th Birthday Bucket List!


And today, on the official day of his birth, Sparky wants to party like a rock star (and a comedian and a Hollywood actress). Here are some well-known folks who share Sparky's birthday.


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Adam Levine is 37
Singer and guitarist for the band Maroon 5, who became known for hit songs such as "Harder to Breathe" and "Moves Like Jagger." In 2011, he became a coach on The Voice.

Dane Cook is 44
Stand-up comedian and actor who was the first comic to use social networking websites to amass a giant and devoted fan base. He has also starred in the films Good Luck Chuck, Dan in Real Life, and My Best Friend's Girl.

Queen Latifah is 46
A Golden Globe-winning actress who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the 2002 film Chicago.

Vanessa Williams is 53
An actress best known for her roles in Ugly Betty and Desperate Housewives. She initially gained fame after becoming the first African-American woman to earn the title of Miss America in 1984.

Mike Rowe is 54
A television personality best known for hosting the popular Discovery Channel series Dirty Jobs. He also worked as a pitchman for the Ford Motor Company.

Sparky the Fire Dog is 65
Sparky was “born” at the 1950 NFPA Annual Meeting in Atlantic City, NJ, where the association announced that the Advertising Council had approved a national fire-prevention campaign to be launched in 1951, with NFPA as sponsor.

The Conference sessions, descriptions and speakers are now available on the NFPA Conference & Expo website. Search by key word, date, track, or speaker. Go to to put together your personal schedule!




Learn more about this conference...and register today!


Tom Clark of the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition invites attendees at the International Builders' Show in Las Vegas to play the "Built for Life" game. By answering a question about sprinklers - and addressing some of the most common myths about sprinklers (ie. did you know that smoke cannot make a sprinkler operate? Only the high temperature of a fire will set it off), attendees get a chance at the slot machine, where they can win a cap, a commuter cup, a tool tote bag, and a Smart TV.




Matt Klaus
, NFPA's principal fire protection engineer, and the team from the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, which provides information and materials about home fire sprinklers for consumers, the fire service, builders, and other professionals, do final prep for the grand opening of the NAHB International Builders' Show in Las Vegas.

At this year's show, Matt is working the booth to help answer questions from builders about the installation of sprinklers in homes: how they work, water supply, options, maintenance requirements, and how the installation fits with builder production schedules. Matt will host five half-hour forums in the booth this week - and we're looking forward to a lot of good discussion.

The State Fire Prevention Commission in Maryland has adopted the 2015 editions of NFPA 1, Fire Code™, and NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®. 

Both codes are used to protect people and property in new and existing buildings. The Life Safety Code, used in all 50 states, mandates building design construction, operation, and maintenance requirements to protect building occupants from the dangers caused by fire, smoke, and toxic fumes. NFPA 1 provides requirements necessary to establish a reasonable level of fire safety and property protection from hazards created by fire and explosion.

"Life safety is always our top priority," said State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci. "The latest editions of these widely used codes will continue to allow us the ability to provide the highest level of protection for the people accessing structures in Maryland. When such substantial codes are updated with the latest safety advancements, people deserve to have those protections in place."


Tom Moses surveys the construction of Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, including Cinderella Castle, circa 1969. (P
hoto: Reedy Creek Improvement District)


by Robert Solomon, NFPA Division Manager for Building Fire Protection


There is a little bit of sadness at the Happiest Place on Earth today. We learned yesterday that Tom Moses passed away in his Florida home on the morning of July 21. For almost 50 years, Mr. Moses served with the Reedy Creek Improvement District (RCID) in Florida. At the time of his death, he was on the Board of Supervisors for RCID and he was the City Manager for the City of Bay Lake.


RCID oversees the 38.5 square miles that is home to Walt Disney World. The District provides myriad services to The World ranging from plan review, design evaluation, inspection, fire and EMS support, and other services typical of any jurisdiction.


Mr. Moses came to RCID in 1969 as construction on the Magic Kingdom was getting underway. My favorite story from Mr. Moses was that he wasn’t quite sure what was in mind for the massive plots of land in central Florida that Disney had purchased. He was a healthy skeptic - and it took the convincing of none other than Roy Disney (Walt Disney’s older brother) to convince Tom to come on board and have a say in what was about to transpire. Not only did he have a voice in these discussions, he helped set the policy, culture and tone that is still a hallmark and sets a high bar for safety at WDW.


In his role with the District in those early days, Mr. Moses oversaw innovations that are a bit more main stream today. Among those ideals were the absolute importance of putting automatic sprinkler systems into every building - no matter the size. He was overseeing performance based design before we had a name for it. He was managing cutting edge modular design and construction techniques that were used at the Contemporary Resort. In short, he embraced the innovative spirit that Disney had in 1969 with a focus on safety- something that continues in 2015. 


In whatever spare time he had, Mr. Moses generously served the building community at large, being an active participant in the model code organizations and serving in several different roles for NFPA. He was on the NFPA Board of Directors from 1990 until 1997;  served on the Board of Trustees for the Fire Protection Research Foundation from 1990 to 2003; and was a member of the Correlating Committee for the NFPA Building Code from 2000 to 2015.


He was awarded the Research Foundation Medal for extraordinary contribution in 2000. He was always willing to share his ideas, discuss solutions that worked on Disney projects and provided very insightful talks about the challenges faced during the construction and ultimately the operation of the many different types of occupancies, building uses and functions that encompass RCID.


In one his first appearances at an NFPA meeting, Mr. Moses attended the NFPA Fall Conference in Cleveland in November of 1971. NFPA's Fire News described his presentation as follows


The Fall Fire Conference Luncheon is a feature all in itself, since you will hear at this luncheon about the fire protection at Disney World and the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. Also to be shown during the luncheon is a color motion picture prepared by the Disney organization on the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. Come and learn what can be done in fire protection when "Imagineering" is introduced!


Mr. Moses was a good friend of NFPA, an innovator of safety based solutions and an all-around class act. Those attributes live on throughout RCID. So remember, the next visit you have to WDW, Mr. Moses’ vison for safety has a hand in keeping you safe in the parks, your Disney hotel room or anywhere else you venture on Disney property-none of those things just happened on their own.

At the NFPA Conference & Expo in Chicago in June, members considered changes to 11 NFPA documents, including NFPA 13, Installation of Sprinkler Systems, and NFPA 72®, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code. See the final results of the 2015 Technical Meeting and download the official transcript

NFPA responder forum

NFPA established its relationship with the fire service in 1896 through its work on fire sprinkler systems and electrical safety. Now it’s taking that relationship to a new level.

This fall, NFPA will host the first NFPA Responder Forum, an annual event designed to expose the fire service to emerging technologies, research, and standards development. As NFPA's Ken Willette explains in his NFPA Journal® column, the event will be held October 26–28 in Indianapolis and will include two days of panel discussions, presentations, and small-group meetings. Participants will be sponsored by the nine major fire organizations, and attendance will be capped to ensure good discussion and the development of action plans to address the issues presented at the event.

Read more about the NFPA Responder Forum in the new issue of NFPA Journal.

Receive the print edition of NFPA Journal and browse online member-only archives as part of your NFPA membership. Learn more about the many benefits and join today.

By NFPA's Faith Berry


Are you looking to update your wildfire preparedness knowledge?  Do you want to meet some prominent wildfire preparedness educators from across the nation?  Do you want to know what the latest research tells us about how best to prepare homes, communities and fire departments before a wildfire event?  Then the Backyards & Beyond Conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is the place to be this fall.

The picture is from in the article "Wildfire Risk High for Real Estate Investment in 2015."

If you register by September 18th your registration fees will be $150 lower.  Now is the time to reserve your spot for this premier national event sponsored by the NFPA.  You can view the Backyards & Beyond conference brochure to see what featured presentations, education sessions and new classes will be offered.  I am excited about NFPA's updated Assessing Wildfire Hazards in the Home Ignition Zone training and the new GIS class being offered by ESRI this year as pre-conference seminars. Bybbrochure

 If you are in the business of  providing wildfire risk mitigation products or services for communities and fire departments, the Backyards & Beyond conference is the place to share information about what you have to offer. There are limited exhibit spaces available, so it is important that you secure your spot soon.

Backyards & Beyond is a nationally recognized event that you don’t want to miss!  Past attendees, like Chief Mitch Floyd of Towns County Fire Corps in Georgia, testify to the value of conference attendance: "I don't think I have ever heard the WUI problem framed as well as was done by the (Backyards & Beyond) conference speakers. I especially thought the long term financial impact was an eye-opening element that should be pitched much harder, especially to the politicians." 

Come and find out what the Backyards & Beyond Conference can do for you and how you can learn to take action that will make a difference as we have a Year of Living Less Dangerously from Wildfire.

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Kerry M. Bell, PE, Chair of the NFPA Standards Council, presides over the Technical Meeting in Chicago. Mr. Bell is a Principal Engineer and Corporate Fellow at UL.

The following eight NFPA documents will be considered by NFPA members today in Chicago as part of NFPA's Technical Meeting at McCormick Place. 

  • NFPA 1710, Standard for the Organization and Deployment of Fire Suppression Operations, Emergency Medical Operations, and Special Operations to the Public by Career Fire Departments
  • NFPA 1901, Standard for Automotive Fire Apparatus
  • NFPA 1917, Standard for Automotive Ambulances
  • NFPA 652, Standard on Fundamentals of Combustible Dust
  • NFPA 24, Standard for the Installation of Private Fire Service Mains and Their Appurtenances
  • NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems
  • NFPA 13R, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in Low-Rise Residential Occupancies
  • NFPA 72®, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code

Download the full agenda for the meeting (PDF), which includes Certified Amending Motions for NFPA standards in the Fall 2014 and Annual 2015 revision cycles that will be considered at the 2015 Technical Meeting in Chicago.

Read full coverage of the NFPA Conference & Expo on our blog.


As we wrap up our Conference & Expo in Chicago, we invite you to submit a proposal for educational presentations at our 2016 Conference & Expo in Las Vegas. Submissions emphasizing a specific product, process or manufacturer will not be considered. NFPA will review all presentation proposals. Selections will be made based on quality, relevance, focus, practical application, and on the presenter’s experience and credentials.

The first day of NFPA's Association Technical Meeting has concluded with action on NFPA 33, NFPA 520, and NFPA 11.






During today's NFPA Technical Meeting in Chicago, the following action has taken place on NFPA 11, Standard for Low-, Medium-, and High-Expansion Foam 

  • 11-1 Motion to Accept Public Comment No. 30 was not pursued.
  • 11-2 Motion to Accept Public Comment No. 23 was not pursued.
  • 11-3 Motion to Accept Public Comment No. 24 was not pursued.
  • 11-4 Motion to Accept Public Comment No. 25 was not pursued.
  • 11-5 Motion to Accept Public Comment No. 26 was not pursued.
  • 11-6 Motion to Accept Public Comment No. 27 was not pursued.
  • 11-7 Motion to Accept Public Comment No. 28 was not pursued.
  • 11-8 Motion to Accept Public Comment No. 29 was not pursued.
  • 11-9 Motion to Accept Public Comment No. 31 was not pursued.
  • 11-10 Motion to Accept Public Comment No. 32 was not pursued.
  • 11-11 Motion to Accept Public Comment No. 33 was not pursued.
  • 11-12 Motion to Accept Public Comment No. 34 was not pursued.
  • 11-13 Motion to Accept Public Comment No. 20 was not pursued.
  • 11-14 Motion to Accept Public Comment No. 21 was not pursued.
  •  11-15 Motion to Reject Second Revision No. 12, thereby recommending First Draft text passed.

NFPA 11 was passed with 1 amending motions. NFPA 11 COMPLETED.

Read full coverage of the NFPA Conference & Expo on our blog.

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