Everyone’s favorite Fire Dog celebrates his birthday today; Happy Birthday Sparky!

By Lauren Backstrom Today, we celebrate Sparky the Fire Dog’s birthday! Of course, Sparky likes to remind us (as shown in the video) that it is a good time to brush up on our fire safety tips, and he is…

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NFPA Journal explores resilience and how NFPA codes and standards are shaping its evolution

The latest issue of NFPA Journal®, the official magazine for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), explores the concept of resilience and how it is reshaping the way governments, businesses and communities think about emergency management and preparedness. Source:: NFPA…

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Big news from New Jersey: Senate passes sprinkler bill

By Fred Durso, Jr. Certain New Jersey legislators made sure the memory of a massive fire in Edgewater that displaced 1,000 residents wouldn’t be forgotten. They’ve kept their word. Following the fire that made national headlines, Assemblyman John Wisniewski was…

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Fire safety belongs on the spring cleaning checklist

By Lisa Braxton When the first day of spring arrives on March 20, many of us will turn our attention to that annual rite of passage–spring cleaning. As we decide which home cleaning projects to tackle in what order, let’s…

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NFPA launches new music video about firefighters

By Lisa Braxton PBS kids star SteveSongs has teamed up with NFPA again for a new music video about firefighters. “Firefighters Are on Their Way,” on Sparky’s School House, teaches kids about the important job firefighters do and the role…

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Missouri summit thrusts home fire sprinklers into the limelight

By Fred Durso, Jr. Knowledge is power. That seemed to be the underlying tagline during the Missouri Sprinkler Summit, an inaugural event hosted by the Missouri Fire Sprinkler Coalition. Utilizing the brain power of some of America’s sprinkler experts, the…

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South Carolina Fire Sprinkler Coalition uses TV media to dispel myths, address cost concerns

By Fred Durso, Jr. In 2014, South Carolina had the fifth highest number of fire deaths per capita in the nation, according to a recent TV report. Moreover, there have been 300 fire deaths in the state since 2007. Outraged…

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NFPA announces 2015 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year award recipient

By Lisa Braxton Annmarie Pickett, public education officer for the Worcester Fire Department in Worcester, Massachusetts, has been chosen the 2015 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year. Lt. Pickett is known for her steadfast commitment to bringing fire…

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Delayed response to sounding smoke alarm results in safe but dramatic escape for Charlottesville, NC, family

By Susan McKelvey Working A kitchen towel was accidentally ignited by a candle in the kitchen, triggering the smoke alarm to sound. After believing the towel was extinguished, the mother went upstairs with her two daughters, one of whom was…

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If you are looking for a succinct article underscoring the necessity of home fire sprinklers, this is it

By Fred Durso, Jr. Writer Sheri Koones did her homework when researching the impact of home fire sprinklers. Nearly everything you ever wanted to know about these devices is captured in her recent story that appeared on AOL’s Real Estate…

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