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Accurate Cell Phone Locations for 9-1-1 Calls in California Could Save More Than 1200 Lives Per Year

Wed, Sep 17, 2014

Based on information from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), a national public safety coalition estimates that 1,227 lives could be saved each year in California if cell phone carriers had to quickly share accurate location data for 9-1-1 callers with emergency responders.

San Francisco Official Not Pleased with Fire Department Top Brass

Tue, Sep 16, 2014

Supervisor London Breed will announce that she has lost confidence in the leadership of the San Francisco Fire Department, saying its inability to get ambulances to medical emergencies quickly is putting public safety at risk.

Legal Minute: Fire Inspections

Fri, Sep 12, 2014

Why do we perform fire inspections? Retired deputy fire chief and attorney John K. Murphy discusses the legal aspects of conducting fire inspections.

NFPA Releases New Fire Loss Report

Wed, Sep 10, 2014

Every 25 seconds, a fire department responds to a fire somewhere in the U.S., according to a new report released by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Construction Concerns: Firewall Penetrations

Mon, Sep 8, 2014

In any building, fire-rated partitions must be penetrated by pipes, electrical conduits, cables, and other utilities so that the building can function, writes Gregory Havel.

HP Recalls Six Million Laptop Power Cords for Fire and Burn Hazard

Wed, Aug 27, 2014

HP issued the voluntary recall on Tuesday, explaining that a recently discovered overheating issue made the cords a “fire and burn hazard.”

ICC Member, ICC-ES Accept WSSPC Awards

Wed, Aug 13, 2014

Ron Lynn, Director/Building Official for the Clark County, Nev., Department of Development Services and a past International Code Council (ICC) President and Shahin Moinian, P.E., President, ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) attended the Western States Seismic Policy Council (WSSPC) Awards Luncheon held July 21 in Anchorage, Alaska, where they were honored as award recipients.

Hotel Fires: “It is Only a Matter of Time . . .”

Fri, Aug 8, 2014

In 1946, several deadly hotel fires—in Chicago, Illinois, Dubuque, Iowa, and Atlanta, Georgia—spurred the fire service to examine and ultimately strengthen the fire and life safety codes for such structures. Also, Fire Engineering contributor Greg Havel discusses what made these fires so deadly and contrasts the fire safety codes of that era with the more stringent ones of today.

Former Utah Female Firefighter Alleges Sexual Harassment

Tue, Jul 29, 2014

Winter Roof Collapses

Tue, Jul 22, 2014

Now that the heat of summer is on us, it's appropriate to look back on one of the worst ice- and snow-filled winters in recent memory.

1944 Hartford Circus Fire: Tent Burned “Like Tissue Paper”

Mon, Jul 21, 2014

Seventy years ago this month, on July 6, 1944, the Hartford (CT) Circus Fire occurred when a tent, waterproofed with paraffin and gasoline, ignited and was  rapidly consumed. In the ensuing panic, 168 people died, many of them children, and hundreds suffered injuries. Local firefighters also lost loved ones. See how Fire Engineering reported on the tragedy and the fire safety questions it raised.

ASTM Fire Standards Committee Approves Standard for Direct Flame Impingement of Exterior Vents

Fri, Jul 18, 2014

Adopted in 2005, Chapter 7A of the California Building Code describes provisions for attic vents for new construction in wildfire-prone areas.

USFA Coffee Break Training: Controlled Atmosphere Storage

USFA Coffee Break Training: Controlled Atmosphere Storage

Wed, Jul 16, 2014

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has a new training drill out in their Coffee Breaking Training series, this one on storage practices.

Cummins Ethos 2.8L Engine Demonstrates 50 to 80 Percent Reduction in Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Mon, Jul 14, 2014

Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) announced the development of an engine and powertrain that reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by as much as 80 percent compared with a baseline gasoline-powered medium-duty truck.

Construction Concerns: Wood Framing: Sill Plate Anchors

Mon, Jul 14, 2014

In this new Construction Concerns, Gregory Havel examines the role sill plate anchors play in wood-frame structures.

FCC: 911 Calls in D.C. Lack Accurate Caller Location Information

Fri, Jul 11, 2014

New data obtained from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) show that nine out of ten wireless 9-1-1 calls made in D.C. in the first half of 2013 were delivered without the accurate location information needed to find callers who are lost, confused, unconscious or otherwise unable to share their location. 

California Fire Marshal Hoover Earns ICC, IAFC 2014 Excellence in Fire and Life Safety Award

Fri, Jul 11, 2014

California Fire Marshal Tonya L. Hoover will be honored with the 2014 Excellence in Fire and Life Safety Award for her history of courage, determination, and dedication to fire and life safety.

Fire Equipment Manufacturers' Association Selects Cleveland Division of Fire Battalion Chief for Fire and Life Safety Advocate of the Year

Thu, Jul 10, 2014

Fire Equipment Manufacturers' Association has selected Sean DeCrane, Battalion Chief and Chief of Training for the Cleveland Fire Training Academy, for its Fire and Life Safety Advocate of the Year award.

What real-time solution will enable fire suppression forces to stay ahead of the construction industry and the ever-changing building systems that will provide first-due fire companies with critical building intelligence to enhance firefighter safety and survival while en route to the incident and beyond?

Breaking Down Building Intelligence

Wed, Jul 9, 2014

Jack Murphy and Sean DeCrane propose a real-time solution to enable fire suppression forces to stay ahead of the construction industry and the ever-changing building systems that will provide first-due fire companies with critical building intelligence to enhance firefighter safety and survival while en route to the incident and beyond.

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Icom America Announces New Compact F1000 Series Handheld Radio

Thu, Jun 26, 2014

Icom America is launching the F1000 Series, a compact portable radio with convenient features such as a built-in motion sensor, channel announcement function, secure conversation, loud audio and a rugged waterproof chassis.

Lightweight Apartment Building Fires: Heavyweight Realities

Mon, Jun 23, 2014

Dan Miller—While fighting a fire in an apartment complex in Omaha, Nebraska, a firefighter nearly lost his life when the roof suddenly collapsed and knocked him to the ground, separating him from his crew and disorienting him to his surroundings. Learn some important hazards of lightweight construction.

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