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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.

Jack Murphy Discusses Huge Edgewater (NJ) Fire

Mon, Jan 26, 2015

Fire Engineering board member and John Jay professor Jack Murphy was on WABC to discuss the recent huge fire at an apartment complex in Edgewater, New Jersey.

CSB Names Poor Design and Failure to Test Dust Collection System Among Causes of U.S. Ink New Jersey

Sun, Jan 18, 2015

East Rutherford, New Jersey, January 15, 2015—The flash fire that burned seven workers, one seriously, at a U.S. Ink plant in New Jersey in 2012 resulted from the accumulation of combustible dust inside a poorly designed dust collection system that had been put into operation only four days before the accident, an investigation by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has found. 

Second Texas Fire Claims Lives of Five More Seniors

Sun, Jan 4, 2015

Castle Hills, Texas just experienced something that no town orcommunity wants to experience, a high-rise, senior living apartment building on fire. This fire leaves 5 citizensdead, many injured, and many with emotional scars that won’t heal anytime soon. This fire, like many before it, shows the need for current building and fire codes, especially automatic fire sprinklers.

Charleston (WV) Firefighter Named New State Fire Marshal

Mon, Dec 22, 2014

Captain Ken Tyree will take over after the current fire marshal, Tony Carrico, leaves for a new position at the end of the month.

Drill: New Architecture = New Tactics

Fri, Nov 21, 2014

Fairfax County (VA) Fire and Rescue Lieutenant Scott Kraut offers this new Traditions Training dill focusing on one tactical challenge found in a hybrid of the Texas Doughnut and the Podium construction architecture.

Public Safety Orgs React to Secret Carrier Deal on 911 Location

Mon, Nov 17, 2014

More than a dozen of the nation's leading public safety advocates and organizations reacted with anger and alternative approaches to a carrier-backed proposal announced on Friday that would replace the FCC's proposed public safety rules for wireless 911 location accuracy with a "best efforts" approach that delays implementation and weakens or eliminates many of the safety requirements of the FCC's proposed rules.

NFPA Releases Report on 2013 Firefighter Injuries

Fri, Nov 14, 2014

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) released the latest edition of its U.S. Firefighter Injury Report, which highlights data on injuries sustained by firefighters on duty.

NASEMSO Announces New Initiative on Performance Measures

Mon, Nov 10, 2014

The National Association of State Emergency Medical Services Officials (NASEMSO) announced today a cooperative agreement with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to develop a comprehensive set of EMS performance measures.

Exova Warringtonfire Increases Sprinkler Head Testing Capabilities in Australia

Thu, Oct 23, 2014

Exova Warringtonfire, the specialist fire and security testing and certification provider, has made an investment which expands its sprinkler head testing capabilities in Australia.

Foundation Strives to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Thu, Oct 23, 2014

Born of tragedy, the Lindsey O'Brien Kesling (LOK) Wishing Tree Foundation seeks to help raise awareness about the dangers of carbon monoxide and empower fire departments to create dynamic public education campaigns to help save lives.

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NFPA Receives Grant from State Farm for 2015 Year of Living Less Dangerously from Wildfire Campaign

February 26, 2015 To help communities prepare for and reduce their risk of wildfire damage, the National Fire Protection Associati...

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