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CSB Releases Preliminary Findings in West (TX) Explosion

Wed, Apr 23, 2014

The CSB released preliminary findings into the April 17, 2013, West Fertilizer explosion and fire in West, Texas, which resulted in at least 14 fatalities, 226 injuries, and widespread community damage.

Cities Now Struggle with Past Fire Suppression Efforts

Fri, Apr 18, 2014

Peter Brown, the keynote speaker at the 2014 Colorado Wildland Fire Conference in Glenwood Springs, described a pattern of fire suppression that began in the late 19th Century and has left 21st Century fire officials scrambling to stop the western United States from burning down.

Artists Painting Fire Hydrants Create Risk for San Francisco

Sun, Apr 13, 2014

Artists to some, vandals to others, they've taken it upon themselves to spray-paint dozens of hydrants around the city.

FDM Announces Support for New Text to 911 Standard for Hearing Impaired

Tue, Apr 8, 2014

For Canada's hearing or speech impaired, calling 911 in an emergency hasn't been possible. Until now.

BETE Fog Nozzle Inc Obtains ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Certifications

Wed, Mar 26, 2014

BETE Fog Nozzle, Inc. is proud to announce that it has received ASME Certifications for the design and manufacture of ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Section VIII Division 1 pressure vessels and for Power Piping in accordance with ASME B31.1. National Board certification for the repair and alteration of pressure vessels was also obtained.

FICEMS Releases Collaborative Action Plan to Further Support EMS Nationwide

Thu, Mar 20, 2014

In an effort to further coordinate federal efforts in emergency medical services (EMS), the members of the Federal Interagency Committee on EMS (FICEMS) reached consensus on a strategic plan that clearly maps action steps for federal support of optimal emergency medical services systems nationwide.

Paul Hough Elected Chairman of ASTM Committee on Thermal Insulation

Mon, Mar 17, 2014

Paul A. Hough, manager, global product fire and seismic performance, Armstrong World Industries Inc., Lancaster (PA) has been elected chairman of ASTM International Committee C16 on Thermal Insulation.

Foundation for Getting Building Knowledge to First-Due Companies

Mon, Mar 17, 2014

Jack Murphy and Sean DeCrane on how one of the World Trade Center missions was accomplished, getting critical building information into the hands of firefighters at the scene.

Abington Township (PA) Fire Department Receives Accreditation from Internationally Recognized Public Safety Organization

Thu, Mar 13, 2014

The Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) has put Abington Township (PA) Fire Department (ATFD) on the map of highly acclaimed emergency service providers. Representatives of the fire department accepted the commission's accreditated agency status for quality services and programs on March 11, 2014.

Surprise Problems

Tue, Mar 4, 2014

The title of this column may seem redundant: All problems are somewhat of a surprise either because of their timing or of the people involved.

Interview with 2014 Tom Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Ronny J. Coleman

Mon, Feb 24, 2014

FDIC Conference Director Diane Rothschild recently spoke with Ronny J. Coleman, State of California Fire Marshal (Ret.), the recipient of the 2014 Tom Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award at the FDIC 2014 General Session, about the whole FDIC "experience."

FCC Votes on Wireless 911 Location Accuracy

Thu, Feb 20, 2014

The Federal Communications Commission today proposed rules to help emergency responders better locate wireless callers to 911.

21st Century Tactical Building Intelligence Model

Mon, Feb 17, 2014

CSB Chair Applauds Changes to ICC Codes Addressing Gas Blow Pipe Cleaning Operations

Thu, Feb 6, 2014

The chairperson of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today commended the International Code Council (ICC) and its members for revising the International Fire Code (IFC) and International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC) to prohibit the unsafe practice that killed six workers in a tragic explosion at the Kleen Energy power generation facility in Middletown, Connecticut.

Fire Marshal, Family Blame Fatal Lubbock (TX) Fire on Corrugated Tubing

Sat, Feb 1, 2014

A Lubbock fire marshal is joining a North Texas family in blaming corrugated stainless steel tubing for a fatal fire and explosion that claimed the life of their son.

Preplanning: A Vacation Approach

Fri, Jan 31, 2014

The benefits of preplanning are infinite and incalculable; its importance, at times, is not recognized or appreciated until it’s needed, writes Eric G. Bachman.

NFPA Names New President

NFPA Names New President

Wed, Jan 29, 2014

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Board of Directors voted unanimously to name Jim Pauley of Lexington, Kentucky as the next president of NFPA.

Baltimore Taxpayer Fire

Tue, Jan 28, 2014

FireS in commercial row-type stores, commonly called taxpayers, are usually a nonissue for the fire department.

New NJ Law Warns Firefighters of Solar Panels

Mon, Jan 27, 2014

New legislation signed this week by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie mandates that building owners must notify local fire officials of roof-mounted solar panels.

Los Angeles Mayor Appoints Fire Department Watchdog

Wed, Jan 22, 2014

The Los Angeles city Fire Commission named a lawyer from the office of Mayor Eric Garcetti as the Fire Department's new internal watchdog.

USFA Coffee Break Training: International Fire Code Fire Flow

USFA Coffee Break Training: International Fire Code Fire Flow

Tue, Jan 14, 2014

Check out a new free training documents from the United States Fire Administration (USFA) on International Fire Code requirments. In this fire protection training, the student is asked to describe an example from the International Fire Code fire flow requirements for buildings.

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