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Drone Grounds Water Drops on California Wildfire

Thu, Jun 25, 2015

When the winds shifted in the San Bernardino National Forest and pushed flames toward dry, unburned fuel Wednesday, firefighters had to temporarily abandon their air attack because someone was flying a drone nearby.

It's Fireworks Season: Rules and Regulations Review

Wed, Jun 24, 2015

The Fourth of July season is upon us. Take the time to review the following information for the purpose of becoming familiar with fireworks, public displays, and related operations such as transportation, general precautions, and working with other agencies having jurisdiction

NFPA's Firefighter Fatality Report Shows 64 On-Duty Firefighter Deaths in 2014

Tue, Jun 23, 2015

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reported a total of 64 on-duty firefighter deaths in the U.S. in 2014, making 2014 the third year in the past four years that the total has been below 65 deaths.

Modesto (CA) Firefighters, Law Enforcement Agencies Target Illegal Fireworks

Tue, Jun 23, 2015

For the eleventh year in a row, Modesto (CA) officials will institute a “Zero Tolerance” enforcement policy for illegal fireworks.

Newtex Introduces Z-Flex Air – Breathable Aluminized Fabrics for Firefighting and Industrial Operations

Mon, Jun 22, 2015

Newtex is proud to introduce Z-Flex® Air™, the first line of breathable aluminized fabrics designed to keep firefighters and industrial operators cooler and more comfortable in extreme conditions and workspaces.

Fire Protection Research Foundation and NIST Announce "Research Roadmap for Smart Fire Fighting" Summary Report

Sat, Jun 20, 2015

The Fire Protection Research Foundation (Foundation), the research affiliate of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and theNational Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have jointly announced the release of "Research Roadmap for Smart Fire Fighting," an extensive summary report that establishes the baseline for incorporating existing and emerging technologies and "sensor rich" data into fire fighters' and other emergency  responders' work.

Fire Guts Warehouse: ‘Not Enough Water’

Wed, Jun 17, 2015

On June 21, 1982, fire severely damaged a 1.2-million-square-foot warehouse, less than a month after the local fire chief warned about inadequate fire protection. See the August 1982 Fire Engineering article on the fire and Technical Editor Glenn Corbett’s comments on its significance.

Training Minutes: Broken Sprinkler Head

Tue, Jun 16, 2015

How do you deal with a broken sprinkler head without using the sprinkler valve to shut off the water supply? In this firefighter training video, Walt Lewis and Jacob O'Connell demonstrate a method for dealing with a damaged sprinkler head that is flowing water.

Construction Concerns: Blocked Emergency Exits

Mon, Jun 15, 2015

In his new Construction Concerns, Gregory Havel looks at the codes regarding the dangers of obstructed emergency exits at buildings under construction.

Firefighters Flock to Interschutz 2015 in Hannover, Germany

Mon, Jun 15, 2015

On Saturday, June 13, the gates closed on what proved to be a record-breaking INTERSCHUTZ, the massive fire prevention, disaster relief and safety & security sectors that took place in Hannover, Germany.

Lenzing FR® Fiber on Display at Interschutz 2015

Sun, Jun 14, 2015

The Lenzing FR® fiber, which is based on cellulose, is on show at Interschutz, the largest international venue for experts in fire protection and the emergency services, as a complete solution for applications in firefighter protective clothing.

NFPA Announces Home Fire Sprinkler Grant Awards

Thu, Jun 11, 2015

To further understanding and use of home fire sprinklers, the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Fire Sprinkler Initiative today announced it has awarded grants to 16 organizations to fund sprinkler advocacy efforts across North America.

Specialized Insurance Company McNeil & Co. Launches 'We Are Who We Insure' Campaign

Wed, Jun 10, 2015

A leader in specialized insurance, McNeil & Co. is celebrating its 25thanniversary by launching a national marketing and communications campaign, including a new logo, refreshed marketing tools for brokers nationwide, and a national advertising campaign that elevates the company’s corporate identity and supports its unique portfolio of programs.

Fighting Wildfires with Drones

Tue, Jun 9, 2015

AT 10 AM on Friday, May 15, wildland fire season kicked off in California. Officials from the Bureau of Land Management, the US Forest Service, and a few other agencies gathered at the Kern County Fire Department Headquarters in Bakersfield to, if not celebrate, at least observe the moment.

New Axis Intelligent CO Detector and Sounder Base from Advanced

Sat, Jun 6, 2015

Global fire systems business Advanced has released a new intelligent carbon monoxide (CO) detector and sounder base.

American Wood Council Gets USDA Grant to Study Tall Wood Construction

Thu, Jun 4, 2015

The American Wood Council has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to conduct research on the fire performance of mass timber buildings.

NFPA Announces Theme for Fire Prevention Week

Tue, Jun 2, 2015

Every bedroom needs a working smoke alarm. If you didn’t know that, you’re not alone. An online questionnaire distributed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) showed that less than half (42 percent) of approximately 36,000 respondents did not know that a smoke alarm should be installed in each bedroom of the home.


AFSA Announces UMD Legacy Campaign Support

Mon, Jun 1, 2015

The American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) recently announced its support as a corporate sponsor for the University of Maryland (UMD) Department of Fire Protection Engineering (FPE) Legacy Campaign for a Professor of the Practice.

Firefighting Technology Roundup: Indoor Tracker Competition Winner, Chemical Exposure Rankings, More

Fri, May 29, 2015

Mary Jane Dittmar has a roundup of recent technological advances that may help firefighters, including the winners of an indoor-tracking competition.

FEMA Issues 2015 National Preparedness Report

Thu, May 28, 2015

FEMA and its partners released the 2015 National Preparedness Report, an annual status report summarizing the Nation's progress toward reaching the 2011 National Preparedness Goal of a secure and resilient nation.

Construction Concerns: Types of Gypsum Drywall Board

Wed, May 27, 2015

Gregory Havel's new Construction Concerns looks at this type of building construction material that was made popular popular during the building boom of and after World War II.

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