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cthompson
Click to view contentIt’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 the challenges that exist within the volunteer fire community.   The research effort, which was completed in three phases beginning last… (Show more)
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cthompson
Click to view contentThis year’s Fire Prevention Week theme, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen,” focuses on cooking safety, as cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries. But it’s important to be prepared in case of a fire in your home, no matter the cause. While NFPA’s survey data shows that 71 percent of Americans have a home escape plan,… (Show more)
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smahoney
Click to view content  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 peak of hurricane season that seems to worsen year after year and some grids imposing rolling blackouts due to a strain on the grid and… (Show more)
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susanmckelvey
Click to view content  While many people would like to thank their local fire departments for all they do to keep their communities safe, they often don’t know how. In honor of Fire Prevention Week, October 4-10, 2020, NFPA and Domino’s are teaming up to launch an online sweepstakes that provides a fun, easy way for the public to thank and recognize their local U.S.… (Show more)
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cthompson
Click to view contentWith 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 featured the technology as the cover story in their recent issue, including insights from Jonathan Hart, an NFPA tech lead for building… (Show more)
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michelesteinberg
Click to view contentFor more than a decade, federal and state agencies, local governments, and nonprofit advocates of wildfire safety have been working to get their arms around the magnitude and scope of wildfire risk in the U.S. The National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy includes protecting homes and communities as one of its three main objectives. Yet… (Show more)
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cthompson
Click to view contentAs many households enter the new school year remotely and several family members continue to work from or remain at home, this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme, “Serve up Fire Safety in the Kitchen”, is more relevant than ever. Spending more time at home means more time in the kitchen, so up through Fire Prevention Week this October 4-10, we’ll… (Show more)
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cthompson
Click to view contentNFPA 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 the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ). Fire marshals are charged with fire prevention efforts including the enforcement of… (Show more)
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susanmckelvey
Click to view content  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, and to identify where fire departments are meeting the needs of their communities and where there are gaps in resources.   To maximize… (Show more)
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cthompson
Click to view contentRecent, deadly fires like the ones in Philadelphia and Lansing show how quickly an uneventful day with the family can turn to tragedy. On a relaxed Saturday morning in Philadelphia, firefighters entered a row-house engulfed in flames and smoke to find a woman and three children dead inside. Just a week prior, first responders arrived at a small,… (Show more)
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cthompson
Everyday, we see countless, heartbreaking reminders of how fast a fire can destroy one’s home and impact one’s life. Advances in fire protection technology like smoke alarms have become widely used, but home fire sprinklers have yet to proliferate in the same way. Unfortunately, rumors and misinformation run rampant around home fire sprinklers, so… (Show more)
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amandakimball
Click to view contentAs 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 front lines are feeling? It is known that wildland fire smoke poses a hazard to first responders in extreme wildland fire events;… (Show more)
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amandakimball
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 front lines are feeling? It is known that wildland fire smoke poses a hazard to first responders in extreme wildland fire events;… (Show more)
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