Report: Fire service plays a crucial role in advancing home fire sprinkler acceptance

By Fred Durso, Jr. Seeing firsthand the personal and physical destruction caused by home fires, the fire service can be a vital–and necessary–ally in advancing home fire sprinklers. This was one of the conclusions published in an article that appeared…

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U.S. Fire Administration, IAFC release report on safety culture change

This free report looks at fire and emergency service cultural aspects that contribute to occupational illnesses, injuries and fatalities. It provides a basic understanding of the fire and emergency service culture, identifies individual and organizational behaviors that positively and negatively…

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Fire claiming seven children underscores necessity of sprinkler requirement in a state that hasn’t updated its building code in nearly a decade

By Fred Durso, Jr. The headlines were horrific: “Brooklyn Fire Kills Seven Children, City’s Worst Toll Since 2007” –The New York Times “Father Grieves for Seven Kids Killed in Brooklyn Fire” –New York Daily News “Seven Children Die in Fire…

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Authorities examine generator without gas in Maryland deaths of dad and children

By Lisa Braxton A father and his seven children–six years old to the teens–were found dead in their one-story home in Maryland this week. Relatives said the father had been trying to keep the family warm with a generator after…

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Remembering When’s impact on older adults highlighted in Minneapolis Star Tribune

By Susan McKelvey NFPA has been promoting fall and fire prevention for older adults through its Remembering When program since 1998. Over the past 17 years, we’ve trained approximately 300 local coalitions nationwide on how to implement the program locally.…

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New stipend program helps fire departments conduct home fire sprinkler demonstrations in their communities

By Fred Durso, Jr. Free money alert! The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) has announced a new stipend program for U.S. and Canadian fire departments that funds eye-catching live burn/sprinkler demonstrations. The $1,000 stipends will pay for the materials needed…

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NFPA’s Public Education Division is expanding

By Lisa Braxton NFPA has two new employees in the Public Education Division serving as regional education specialists. Meredith Hawes (left) will cover the central region and Mid-Atlantic States. Kelly Ransdell will cover the southern United States and New England…

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Please show your support of important sprinkler legislation in New Jersey

By Mike Hazell We are asking sprinkler advocates across North America to take action in support of a crucial piece of legislation. Both the New Jersey Assembly and Senate have passed the New Home Fire Safety Act, which would require…

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New tool gives guidance on talking home fire sprinklers with the media

By Fred Durso, Jr. Since the fire service frequently speaks to the news media about residential fires, this group can also play a major role in communicating important information on home fire sprinklers. The California Fire Sprinkler Coalition has developed…

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