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Improper Disposal of Cigarette Cause of Arlington (MA) Fire

Tue, May 5, 2015

NFPA Standards in Action: Your Voice Matters

Sat, May 2, 2015

Significant Changes to the 2015 International Fire Code

Thu, Apr 23, 2015

The threshold for requiring a manual fire alarm system in Section 907.2.3 of the 2015 International Fire Code (IFC) has been raised from 30 occupants to 50. The emergency voice/alarm communication system requirement has been raised to 100 occupants. (This information is excerpted from the Significant Changes to the 2015 International Fire Code.)


Miami-Dade Homes with Burglar Bars Persistent Problem for Firefighters

Mon, Apr 20, 2015

Self-help first step toward helping others

Mon, Mar 30, 2015

People handle things in different ways, and people go through many changes from births, deaths, new jobs, promotions ... all the good and bad in life.

The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire: Too Small a Value on Human Lives

Wed, Mar 25, 2015

On March 25, 1911, 146 garment workers were killed in a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New York City. It was one of the deadliest fires in the history of the United States.

Construction Concerns: Roofs: Snow Load

Mon, Mar 23, 2015

Gregory Havel's new Construction Concerns looks at the amount of snow load that a roof is designed to hold according to building code requirements among other variables.

Sean DeCrane: The Fire Service and Tunnel Vision

Mon, Mar 23, 2015

FDIC Conference Director Diane Rothschild recently spoke with Sean DeCrane, Battalion Chief, Cleveland (OH) Fire Department, who will give his keynote on “What Every Firefighter Needs to Know” at the FDIC 2015 General Session, about the whole FDIC “experience.”

Fire Codes: Using Elevators for Evacuation?

Thu, Mar 19, 2015

New York City's Fire, Buildings, and City Planning Departments are composing rules to govern occupant-evacuation elevators that can be used to evacuate tall buildings in emergencies and fires, according to a recent report.

Leadership and Decision Making: The Vroom-Yetton Model

Mon, Mar 16, 2015

The Vroom-Yetton Contingency Model bases decision making on situational leadership that can be used by just about anyone, regardless of rank, writes Dan Kerrigan.

Fire Codes and Standards: Denver's Legalized Marijuana Industry and the Fire Code

Mon, Feb 23, 2015

Brian Lukus-Denver was the first city to allow recreational sales of marijuana in Colorado. Here's a look at how the Denver Fire Department adapted to this new industry in terms of response guidelines and fire code enforcement.

Construction Concerns: Fire Extinguisher Installation

Mon, Feb 23, 2015

In his new Construction Concerns, Gregory Havel discusses NFPA 10 and the placement of and specifications for fire extinguishers in residential and commerical structures.    

White Paper: Properly Interpreting NFPA Codes

Sat, Feb 14, 2015

The Joint Commission has focused an unprecedented amount of attention on fire and life safety issues for hospitals. The potential costs and operational impacts of inappropriate code interpretation can have extremely negative consequences.

Fire Service Call to Action: Get Involved in the Code Development Process in Person or OnLine

Wed, Feb 11, 2015

To help with a strong voice for Taming the Fire Environment (TFE), all fire departments are encouraged to participate in the next generation of building and fire codes that will impact our workplace the fireground.

Construction Concerns: Wood Frame Concealed Spaces

Mon, Feb 9, 2015

In his new Construction Concerns, Gregoy Havel informs firefighters on the hazards of spaces created within wood frame structures.

New Jersey Fire Prompts Bill to Halt Lightweight Wood Construction

Sat, Feb 7, 2015

The fire that destroyed most of a large apartment complex in northern New Jersey last month has prompted talk of legislation to toughen building codes, an effort that would butt up against long-established building practices such as the use of lightweight wood.

Glenn Corbett on Huge Edgewater (NJ) Fire

Mon, Feb 2, 2015

Fire Engineering Technical Editor Glenn Corbett recently wrote an editorial on the massive fire that destroyed the Avalon at Edgewater apartment complex in New Jersey.

Regulatory Collaboration: Hazardous Materials

Thu, Jan 29, 2015

Although various codes are overall very complete in regulating the storage, use, and handling of hazardous materials, certain ambiguities may need clarification. Thomas Sawyer

Structural Insulated Panels and Fire Endurance

Thu, Jan 29, 2015

These panels make a building virtually airtight. A fire in such a building is, therefore, likely to remain ventilation-controlled until a window breaks from heat, a wall or roof burns through, or firefighters force entry. Gregory Havel

Firefighting and Exterior Insulation Finishing Systems

Thu, Jan 29, 2015

Formerly just used on commercial structures, this building cladding material is now used on all types of occupancies from business offices to motels to family dwellings. Learn the composition, the features, and the hazards. Ronald R. Spadafora

Construction Concerns: Postindicator Valves

Mon, Jan 26, 2015

In his new Construction Concerns, Gregory Havel discusses these valves which are commonly used as the valve operator for automatic fire sprinkler and standpipe systems.

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