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New NFPA online community, Xchange, keeps you up-to-date on latest codes standards information

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NFPA Xchange™ is our new, free online community, and we want to invite you to join us there! NFPA Xchange lets you connect with professionals worldwide, explore content, share ideas, and ask questions, as the latest way to stay up-to-date on codes and standards related information. NFPA Xchange allows users to search or browse information on t...

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Deadly fire in cluttered home draws attention to dangers of hoarding

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photo courtesy of the Boston Globe A man died in a house fire on Boston’s South Shore after fire fighters could not access his extremely cluttered home due to hoarding.. Sean Gorman, 42, died Tuesday night after fire consumed his Scituate, Mass. home. The home, which was already enveloped by flames by the time fire services arrived, was so c...

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New NFPA Journal looks at emerging trend of community paramedicine and what it means for first responders

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There is a dramatic shift beginning to happen with how healthcare is delivered in the United States, and fire departments could have a big role to play, according to Thomas Breyer, the director of Fire and EMS Operations at the International Association of Fire Fighters. In the feature article “Community Coverage” in the new January/February NFPA J...

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Over 15,000 NFPA definitions for free!

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The 2016 edition of the NFPA Glossary of Terms (GOT) has been published and is available for FREE online. Visit www.nfpa.org/got to download your copy. The GOT is a list of the defined terms in all of NFPA's published codes, standards, guides and recommended practices. Over 15,000 terms are listed alphabetically and assembled into a free PDF...

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'In Compliance' in new NFPA Journal tackles NEC changes, sprinkler testing, mixed occupancies, and fire alarms

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Much of the Western United States is locked in a long and ongoing drought and the pressure is on to conserve water in anyway possible. One of the areas that has been flagged for conservation is the inspection, testing, and maintenance (ITM) program for mechanical building systems, including fire sprinklers, writes Matt Klaus, a principal fire...

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New NFPA Journal column looks at a mother's efforts to improve the fire hose

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In his “First Responder” column in the new January/February issue of NFPA Journal, Ken Willette looks at how a deadly fire in Boston and a mother’s loss has been the driving force behind an effort now underway to improve fire hose technology. Cathy Crosby Bell’s son, Boston firefighter Michael Kennedy, died along with fellow firefighter Ed Walsh fi...

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New NFPA Journal's 'In a Flash' looks at run, hide, fight; jetpacks in Dubai; fire detecting satellites, and more.

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With the world still reeling over deadly active-shooter attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California, in late 2015, public safety officials continue to discuss the best way to prepare and respond to these events, including providing civilians with more training about how to prepare and respond in these incidents. The “In a Flash” section of the...

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The new NFPA Journal explores the fast-emerging technology of big battery energy storage. Are we ready?

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According to the U.S. government, market research groups, industry experts, and almost everyone else who is paying attention, battery energy storage systems (ESS) are on the verge of becoming a ubiquitous part of modern life. They will soon be installed everywhere from homes, factories and businesses, to high-rise buildings, homes, urban...

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In January's NFPA News: reorganization of Supervising Station Fire Alarm and Signaling Systems Committee; new project on energy storage systems; one day Tech Session; and more...

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The January 2016 issue of NFPA News, our codes and standards newsletter, is now available. Reorganization of Supervising Station Fire Alarm and Signaling Systems Committee Comments sought on proposed Tentative Interim Amendments (TIAs) to NFPA 30B, 69, 400, and 1977 One day session for NFPA Technical Meeting Potential new project on stationary...

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Barn fire in Canada highlights the importance of key fire safety elements

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photo courtesy of BBC Earlier this week, CBC reported over 40 racehorses perished in a fire that consumed a stable in Ontario, Canada reminding us how extreme weather can significantly hamper fire response and lead to catastrophic results. Although dozens of firefighters labored to extinguish the flames, temperatures in the single digits froze...

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