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Fire Prevention Week 2014
As fire chief, Figolah regularly hosted Fire Prevention Week open house events. Each year, the "grand finale" included a live burn and sprinkler demonstration for large audiences that demonstrated the difference between sprinklered and unsprinklered fires in similarly furnished rooms. Figolah took the demonstration a step further by presenting the response timeline of firefighters, which allowed audiences to witness the time needed for firefighters to don fire gear and set up hose lines. As the fire in the unsprinklered structure raged on, sprinklers in the protected structure doused the flames. He is the model example of a sprinkler advocate effectively using educational materials produced by the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition.
They asked their fans on Facebook to tell them the most profound impact that came from their Fire Prevention Week efforts. Some said it inspired them to become a firefighter, and others applauded kids for teaching their parents what they learned. Below are some of the most compelling responses they received.
Be sure to add your own in the comment section below.
"Witnessing first-hand a child leading his sister out of the house by the hand, notifying adults of the fire and going to the pre-arranged meeting place — all while remaining calm. This child later became a firefighter." — Jennifer Moore-Warren
"Kids going home and making their parents put batteries in their smoke detectors. One family had a fire a week later. Thankfully they got out with the warning." — Michael Dobson
"Simple: public education." — John Riley
"Fire Prevention Week is what made me want to become a firefighter." — Marshall David
"Last year we did something different with one of the classes coming to fire station. Parents came with their kids to the station, so we taught the whole family. While I was teaching the class, we were filling the bay up with smoke from our smoke machine. And when it was time to go out in the bay, many parents were surprised that you could not see. We use it for all of our classes now." — Patty Harker
"Learning that the concepts we taught the preschoolers during the day were taught to the parents that night. A good amount of parents mentioned what their little ones had taught them about 911, etc." — Karen Morris
"E D.I.T.H. fire prevention program from the '80s taught my kids how to get out of the house at least two ways and a safety place to meet." — Jackie Hatton
This week, Hartford, Connecticut, firefighter Kevin Bell, 48, died after suffering critical injuries while battling a fire at a multi-family home. According to the Hartford Courant, Bell was searching the home when "fire conditions forced him to bail out of a second-floor window." Another firefighter suffered burns on 10 percent of his body, noted the paper.
The tragedy only seemed to underscore the importance of the Connecticut Fire Sprinkler Coalition, which officially launched a day later at the University of New Haven. (Coalitions now exist in 21 states.) More than 100 people attended the event, which brought together the state's fire service, elected officials, and fire safety advocates to express the importance of home fire sprinklers.
"The ultimate goal of the coalition is to move forward with legislation on a statewide level, or codes we can adopt on a statewide level, that require residential sprinklers in new, one- and two-family dwellings," said Keith Flood, fire marshal of the West Haven Fire Department and coalition chair.
Estimates point to more than 13 million electric/hybrid vehicles on the world's roadways within five years. To help emergency responders handle the unique challenges presented by this new technology across vehicle types, NFPA developed the new training as a second course following its passenger vehicle training: Electric/Hybrid Vehicle Safety for Emergency Responders Online Course. In approximately four hours, the two self-paced programs train responders through engaging videos, animations, simulations, and review exercises.
The fire service requested that we expand the training to other types of vehicles. So, we’ve carried that knowledge and experience into the new training, to help the fire service be prepared in responding to situations with electrified trucks, buses and commercial fleet vehicles.
The new online curriculum covers high voltage vehicle and safety systems, basic electrical concepts and identification techniques for electric, hybrid and the latest fuel cell vehicles. The course also covers immobilization and power-down procedures, extrication challenges, current recommended practices and tactics for dealing with vehicle and battery fires and incidents involving charging stations.
Upon completion of five modules, emergency responders will be able to:
Safely conduct emergency scene size-up and management
Identify an electric, hybrid and fuel cell truck, bus, fleet or passenger vehicle
Effectively immobilize the vehicle for scene safety
Disable the vehicle's High Voltage and SRS systems
October 29, 2014, 3:00-4:00 p.m. ESTFire Safety Challenges in Tall Wood Buildings This Fire Safety Challenges in Tall Wood Buildings Webinar will cover a Foundation Phase 1 project with the objective to gather relevant research on tall timber buildings and identify the knowledge gaps in the available information. Sponsored by:Fire Protection Research Foundation with support from the following:Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, American Fire Sprinkler Association, Department of Homeland Security, Idaho National Laboratories, National Fire Protection Association, National Fire Sprinkler Association, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Property Insurance Research Group, SimplexGrinnell, The Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Co., Tyco Fire Protection Products, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Transportation (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), and Viking Corporation.
December 4, 2014The Smart Fire Fighter of the Future "The Smart Fire Fighter of the Future Webinar" provides a summary of a project to develop a research roadmap for smart fire fighting, which establishes the scientific and technical basis for achieving the vision for Smart Fire Fighting in the United States. The vision for smart firefighting is based on creating, storing, exchanging, analyzing, and integrating information from a wide range of databases and sensor networks. This project will seek to achieve this vision by addressing all the applicable topic areas of the fire service emergency responder community Sponsored by:Fire Protection Research Foundation with support from the following:Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers; Department of Homeland Security; Idaho National Laboratories; National Fire Protection Association; National Institute of Standards and Technology; Property Insurance Research Group; SimplexGrinnell; Tyco Fire Protection Products; U.S. Department of Energy; and Viking Corporation
Members of the International Fire Marshals Association (IFMA) board, including President Steven Peavey, recently took part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Before dumping the ice on their heads, the board challenged the presidents of the 34 chapters of IFMA.
Recently, NFPA hosted the Urban Fire Forum, the annual gathering of 25 fire and emergency service leaders who are members of the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs, a membership section of the NFPA and the International Association of Fire Chiefs. The Forum endorsed a position statement on Fire and Smoke as a Weapon. This six page document contains background on why those who would harm citizens around the globe consider fire and smoke as weapons. More importantly, drawing on the collective experience of the Metro Chiefs and guidance from the US Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation, provides detailed information on planning, training, and operational needs when responding to such an event.
NFPA's Standards Council has approved a request to establish a standard for Community Risk Assessments and Reduction plans. The standard will provide a process for jurisdictions to follow in developing and implementing a Community Risk Reduction plan, which helps identify a community risk profile and allocate resources to minimize risks. The standard, which was requested by the Vision 20/20 project, is expected to be done in the next two years.
There is a growing interest in Community Risk Reduction in the U.S. For example, the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ (IAFC) strategic planning platform now recognizes the need for the fire service to embrace an integrated approach to community risk reduction. The concept is part of the National Fire Academy curriculum and is supported by the Institution of Fire Engineers and a growing number of fire service leaders nationwide.
For the past several months the Technical Committee on Hazardous Materials Response Personnel has been working on the initial draft of NFPA 1072. The Standards Council approved the draft and has now posted it to the Doc Info Page for Public Input. The closing date for Public Input is January 5, 2015.
The Input Stage provides the opportunity for the public and others to assist the Technical Committee in developing a draft of a new or revised NFPA standard and for submitting new material for the public and the committee to consider. The Input Stage is a preliminary stage for assisting the committee in developing its draft and for raising issues for review and consideration. While the technical committee must review all public inputs and provide limited responses, the technical committee does not act to formally accept or reject public inputs and is not required to address all specific issues raised in the public input.
To access the draft for Public Input navigate to www.nfpa.org/1072. Click on the hyperlink “The next edition of this standard is now open for Public Input (formerly proposals)” found at the top of the “About”, “Current & Prior Editions” or “Next Edition” Tabs. Complete the “Sign-In” information. If you have signed in before or have already received a password from NFPA you can proceed. If you need a password, click on the “Create a Profile” hyperlink. You don't have to be a member of NFPA to create a profile, or submit a public input.
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