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The Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year discusses benefits of applying for the award

By Lisa Braxton The public education division of NFPA is accepting applications for the Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year Award, which includes a $1,000 honorarium for the recipient, travel to the NFPA annual conference for an award…

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Partnership announces inaugural wildfire mitigation awardees

The Wildfire Mitigation Awards Committee is pleased to announce the 2015 Wildfire Mitigation Award Winners. Established in 2014 in response to an overwhelming number of great wildfire mitigation program efforts across the nation, the Wildfire Mitigation Awards are the highest…

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Attention Missouri advocates: Sprinkler summit on its way

By Fred Durso, Jr. Building awareness of home fire sprinklers is the aim for a growing number of safety advocates in Missouri. To accomplish this goal, the Missouri Fire Sprinkler Coalition will host its first sprinkler summit on March 10,…

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Downton Abbey episode includes cautionary tale on fire safety

By Lisa Braxton Anyone who knows me knows that the British period drama, Downton Abbey, is one of my guilty pleasures. Set in a fictional Yorkshire County estate, the television series depicts the lives of an aristocratic family and their…

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New Jersey advocate’s plea for sprinklers hits home following a near-tragic event

By Fred Durso, Jr. Earlier this month, a number of publications picked up an opinion piece by David Kurasz, executive director of the New Jersey Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board and member of the New Jersey Fire Sprinkler Coalition. Similar to…

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The Chairman of the Board encourages public education grant applications

By Lisa Braxton The NFPA Chairman of the Board, Ernest Grant, serves as chair of the Rolf H. Jensen Memorial Public Education Grant committee. Each year, he and the other committee members screen applications for the grant, which provides $5,000…

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Pro-sprinkler legislator reattempts push for requirements in homes

By Fred Durso, Jr. A key ally in the push for home sprinkler requirements, Massachusetts Rep. Ruth Balser has once again filed a bill calling for the installation of these devices in newly constructed one- and two-family homes in her…

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Carbon monoxide brochures offer a timely reminder about safety

By Lisa Braxton Carbon monoxide (CO) incidents can occur any time of year, but they tend to be more common during the colder months. Half of CO incidents occurring have been reported to local fire departments across the United States…

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NFPA Journal explores how bigger more aggressive fires are changing how the fire service operates

The latest issue of the NFPA Journal®, the official magazine for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), explores how a trend towards bigger, more aggressive fires and new research is changing how the fire service fights residential fires. Source:: NFPA…

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“Homes are burning so darn fast:” Fire chiefs make convincing argument for home fire sprinklers

By Fred Durso, Jr. Mirroring the position of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs, Cynthia Ross Tustin says the time for mandatory installation of home fire sprinklers is now. “You need a home escape plan, you need working smoke alarms,…

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