• New Research by NVFC Provides In-Depth Look at Firefighter Recruitment and Retention Challenges

    It’s no secret that volunteer and combination fire and EMS departments have struggled with recruitment and retention, but new research from the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) provides deeper insights on ...
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  • Maintaining Your Emergency Power Supply System is Critical, Particularly during Hurricane Season

      According to the U.S. Energy Information Agency, nearly all electrical customers experience at least one electrical utility outage each year. On average, each outage lasts 60 minutes or more. As we are in the ...
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  • RVI Continues to Generate Attention, Moves to Public Input Phase in Standards Development Process

    With industries still adapting to the demands of COVID-19 and the typical, ongoing backlog in ITM (inspection, testing and maintenance), RVI continues to cause quite the buzz. Health Facilities Management magazine fea...
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  • To All U.S. Fire Departments: NFPA launched the 2020 U.S. Needs Assessment Survey – Please Fill It Out!

      NFPA today announced the official launch of its 2020 U.S. Needs Assessment survey, the fifth distributed since 2001. The survey works to capture the level of resources and staffing among U.S. fire departments, ...
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  • Nicole Comeau Appointed Executive Secretary of International Fire Marshals Association

    NFPA President and CEO Jim Pauley has named Nicole Comeau executive secretary of the International Fire Marshals Association (IFMA). IFMA members are fire officials, who have been lawfully appointed and authorized by ...
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  • 19 Years Later: What Lessons Have We Learned from 9/11?

    Every year on this day, I am overwhelmed with a sense of sadness that almost seems as raw as it did on that beautiful September morn in 2001. Tears flow. Memories flood. And I wonder, what have we learned in the after...
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  • Research Underway to Study Pulmonary and Cardiovascular Systems in Wildland Firefighters

    As of Thursday, more than 26,000 firefighters across 12 states are fighting 102 large fires over 4.4 million acres. If you find yourself gasping for air just viewing footage, can you imagine what firefighters on the f...
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  • A Better Understanding of NFPA 70E: The 2021 Edition of the Standard

    If you haven’t been keeping up with the NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace revision cycle, the 2021 edition was issued June 1, 2020 with an effective date of June 21, 2020. Independent sta...
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  • 9/11: A Remembrance from FDNY's Former Chief of Safety

    Earlier this year, NFPA introduced the concept of "It's a big world. Let's protect it together." As the 16th anniversary of 9/11 approached, I couldn't help but think of all of the amazing people from the fire se...
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  • Can Sprinkler Protection Be Omitted If Another Extinguishing Agent Is Used?

    While water is often the ideal medium for fire suppression based on availability, price, and effectiveness, there are certain buildings, contents, and equipment that building owners want to protect...
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  • Just Weeks After Fatal Baltimore Explosion, Fire Protection Research Foundation Releases New Research on Combustible Gas Dispersion and Detector Location Analysis

    According to research from NFPA, an estimated 4,200 home structure fires and an average of 40 deaths result annually when natural gas is ignited.   The devastating outcome of a combustible gas leak within a resid...
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  • Following Hurricane Laura, Eight Deaths Connected to Improper Use of Portable Generators

    According to the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Laura, which made landfall along the Gulf Coast in late August, was the strongest hurricane to strike Louisiana to date with wind gusts of more than 150 mph and a ...
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  • As Oakland Reaches Settlement in Ghost Ship Fire, Cities Beware: More Tragedies are Inevitable if You Sleep Through the Alarm

    Recently, utility company PG&E announced they had reached a settlement with victims’ families and survivors of the Ghost Ship fire for an undisclosed amount. According to the plaintiffs, PG&E “knew...
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  • Beware of Recent E-Mail Scam Falsely Threatening Violations and Penalties for Failure to Perform “NFPA Required” Fire Inspections

      Scams of all kinds are occurring with greater frequency via email, phone and other platforms.   NFPA has been made aware of a company sending what looks like formal correspondence using both an “nf...
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  • Safe Storage, Use, and Handling of Hazardous Materials are Critical to Fire Safety and Property Protection

      At NFPA, our technical experts receive many questions asking hazardous materials-related questions from fire inspectors, AHJs, and other stakeholders who are trying to better understand how to apply provisions...
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  • Don't Compromise Fire Safety While Responding to Coronavirus: Keep Fire Doors Operable

    As incidents of the coronavirus have continued to climb in the U.S., you’d be hard-pressed to get through the past couple of weeks without hearing reports of its spread. All of this is understandably generating ...
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  • NFPA Mourns the Passing of Jaime Moncada Pérez

    Over the years, great strides have been made in the realms of fire and life safety, thanks to the contributions of countless individuals. Today, NFPA and the wider community doing that important work mourns the loss o...
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  • With Peak Wildfire and Hurricane Seasons Upon Us, Officials Strategize Ways to Safely Evacuate and Shelter People During a Pandemic

    Watching news reports over the past few weeks it’s hard to miss scenes of the destructive wildfires raging across Northern California that to date have taken the lives of seven people and destroyed more than 2,5...
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  • JOURNAL NOW: The rapid emergence of the marijuana industry and what it means for safety regulators

    It’s not often a massive industry emerges seemingly overnight, but that’s what’s happened with legal marijuana. In just a few short years, the drug has gone from total prohibition to a thriving legal...
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  • NFPA 1:  Occupancy classification of a building containing marijuana growing or extraction operations, #FireCodefridays

    It’s back! After missing out on a few Fridays, I am happy to be back with a Fire Code Friday post!  The past few weeks have been busy here at NFPA.  I have been working most days preparing the (almost)...
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