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John K. Murphy on Training Liability: Q & A

Thu, Oct 9, 2014

John K. Murphy, attorney and retired fire chief from Washington state, recently presented a free Webcast on training liability for fire departments. Read some of the questions he got from viewers and his responses.

NFPA Standards Council Acts to Establish a Standard for Community Risk Reduction Plans

Thu, Oct 2, 2014

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards Council has approved a request to establish a standard for Community Risk Assessments and Reduction plans.

MagneGas Launches MagneTote Product Line for First Responders

Tue, Sep 30, 2014

MagneTote™ is a portable and compact system to cut with the power of MagneGas®

San Francisco Firefighter Organizations Call for Fire Chief's Removal

Tue, Sep 23, 2014

Citing a "grave crisis in direction and leadership," heads of San Francisco’s rank-and-file firefighter organizations -- including those representing women and minorities -- have penned a letter calling on Mayor Ed Lee to replace the city's first female fire chief.

Modular Concerns: The Dangers of Sunlight Reflected Off Energy-Efficient Windows

Fri, Sep 19, 2014

Kevin A. Gallagher follows up on his October 2013 article with this update on the dangers of a new type of fire cause.

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.

Monitor Your Air Supply with FARS

Mon, Sep 8, 2014

Imagine fighting fire in a high-rise building without a standpipe system.

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.

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