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  Sparky’s birthday may have been yesterday, but the fun continues this week as the iconic fire dog shares fun, educational resources designed to help inform children about fire prevention.   NFPA’s floppy-eared mascot points to


The UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) is in search of acquired structures to conduct research burns in as part of the 2015 Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/ Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Grant project the “Study of Coordinated Fire Attack Utilizing Acquired Structures.”

It’s a topic that’s made news headlines and is on the minds of many: how to keep schools safe and secure in the face of mass shootings in the United States. As school administrators and community officials work to protect schools from acts of

How can there be a discrepancy between how a fire chief thinks his department is doing vs. what the line firefighters think is going on? Dane Carley focuses on cultural cognitive dissonance within fire service organizations.

In this week's Humpday Hangout, Bill Gustin, Mike Dugan, and the rest of the panel will talk about fighting fire in very large modern suburban homes.

Numerous fire department personnel paid tribute Tuesday to fallen Godfrey (IL) Fire Captain Jake Ringering, who died in the line of duty last week.

City of Kingsport Fire Department Public Education Officer Barry Brickey has been chosen the 2019 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year. Brickey has been using NFPA’s Learn Not to Burn® program in the city’s elementary schools

In this new Training Minutes video, Paul Dansbach discusses the life cycle of a building and revisits a structure from a previous season of Training Minutes to show how a deteriorating building can be rehabilitated.

The Foundation has previously completed work on the impact of obstructions on ESFR sprinklers in storage occupancies. Similar research is needed related to spray sprinklers and obstructions.  There is a need to assess the current rules related to

The Call for Papers deadline is quickly approaching for SUPDET® 2019, which will be held September 17-20, 2019 at the Crowne Plaza Denver City Center in Denver, CO! Since 1997, the Research Foundation has organized SUPDET (Suppression, Detection,

More than a dozen people were injured in a fire early Wednesday morning in the Bronx.

A fire burned several buildings in downtown Bamberg, South Carolina.

Firefighters responded Tuesday to a significant fire at a construction site in downtown Iowa City, Iowa.


Paterson (NJ) firefighters batled a multiple-alarm fire that destroyed two structures last week in the city.

Three people were killed in a house fire Monday evening in Muscatine, Iowa.

A raging house fire gutted a home last Tuesday in Manhasset Hills on Long Island, New York.

Firefighters responded to a massive fire earlier this month in a century-old church in Statesville, North Carolina.

Airbnb and other peer-to-peer hospitality services and vacation rentals are not regulated the same way as hotels. Requirements vary across jurisdictions. Our new checklist can guide you on how to be your own safety advocate before you commit to

Five people were rescued from an apparently vacant motel in downtown Las Vegas on Friday morning, according to a report.

In this Training Minutes video, Paul DeBartolomeo and company demonstrate three different methods for manually defeating case-hardened padlocks.

Smoke alarm and signaling systems are a proven strategy for reduction of fire fatalities in the general population. However, studies have shown that at risk populations such as the elderly, school age children, alcohol impaired, and those that are hard

It’s 2019, and yet stories of firefighters and EMS providers being ridiculed, harassed, and hazed by their fellow responders occur on a regular basis. Kevin D. Quinn on how fire service leaders must address this harassment.

October 22, 2018 started out like any other day in the small village of Leipsic, Ohio. Joe Pronesti reviews a firefighter near miss that occurred while members were operating on the roof of a Main Street building and draws lessons learned from the incident.

The staff of Fire Engineering/FDIC International is saddened by the passing of our longtime magazine and Web author and instructor Gregory Havel.

Personal accounts of bullying, hazing, and even sexual abuse in the fire service dominated the discussion at last year’s NFPA Responder Forum in Birmingham, Alabama, in October. While the stories were at times hard to listen to, it was a

Fire protection and firefighting in mill construction has been a recurring Fire Engineering topic. The Marcal Paper Products plant, just a few miles away from the magazine’s offices, burned down January 30, 2019. See a variety of articles on the topic over the past century in Fire Engineering and its predecessors.

There are plenty of knocks on the firehouse doors with all kinds of surprises, so be prepared.

B. Aaron Johnson uses the case of historic 19th-century fire service figure James Braidwood to show how today’s fire departments can benefit from his research data and leadership.

Current findings on fire dynamics, line of duty deaths, flow paths, and modern tactics are all tools we should make sure to add to our “toolbox.”

Emergency vehicle operation courses (EVOC) must consider not only the low-speed precision driving skills learned on a traditional cone course but also the topics that pertain to real-life emergency responses at a highway speed. The most common causes of serious fire apparatus crashes include high-speed driving, failing to negotiate curves, rollovers, and intersection collisions. We must rectify this.

Too much critiquing?

Dena Ali continues her in-depth look at one of the fire service’s most timely subjects: how best to mitigate wildfire risk in the wildland urban interface.

Stephen Green introduces firefighters to the FAA’s Sterile Cockpit Rule and how it can be applied easily to your next assignment.

David A. Greene offers this look into his own research on how volunteers fire departments should best approach their falling membership numbers.

Concern for the health of the natural environment is growing as human population grows and as new levels of contamination of scarce resources are revealed. Current efforts to improve the sustainability of buildings focus on increasing energy efficiency

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National Burn Awareness Week, February 3-9, is an opportunity for organizations to mobilize in sharing burn awareness and prevention messaging. Each year, the American Burn Associationdevelops educational resources to assist burn survivor groups, and

Each year, NFPA bestows the Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year award on an educator who works for a local fire department or fire marshal’s office in the U.S. or Canada and uses NFPA's materials in consistent and creative ways. The recipient

Last week, flames ripped through Southside Christian Childcare in Louisville, Kentucky. According to news reports, the employees were able to get all of the children out and into a nearby Home Depot building while firefighters fought the flames. The

James Burns describes a new threat posed by refrigerants and urges firefighters and public safety to get involved with helping determine the standards that will help make such installations safer.

As the old saying goes, everything is bigger in Texas! In December, Operation Save a Life worked with Dallas Fire and Rescue to reach at-risk homes with smoke alarm installations. At the after-school event held in the Dallas area, families were able to

Calling all data system developers! NFPA is looking to procure the professional services of an established firm (alone or in partnership with other firms) with successful experience designing and implementing comprehensive digital solutions for public

In this week's Humpday Hangout, hosts Terry McGrath and Chief Rick Lasky discuss supporting our law enforcement family, relationships that matter.

Save the date for  SUPDET®  2019, which will be held September 17-20, 2019 at the  Crowne Plaza Denver City Center in Denver, CO!   Since 1997, the Research Foundation has organized SUPDET (Suppression, Detection, and

Electronic cigarettes, powered by lithium-ion batteries, have ignited or exploded, resulting in severe injuries, including third degree burns, lacerations and loss of body parts. According to a study by George Mason University, injuries have been

Only weeks remain to submit an applicationfor the Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year Award. The deadline is Friday, February 15th, 2019. NFPA is looking for fire and life safety educators in the United States and Canada who have these

From Volunteer Firemen v.6, no.3 (1939): “Ignitze” is an ingenious public education device designed by F.L. McCament of the U.S. Forest Service and used at the New Mexico State Fair with the help of the Albuquerque Fire Department. Operated

This week we bring you a poster from 1945 than warns of the dangers involved with hot work. According to NFPA, “Hot work is any activity or process that involves open flames or that generates sparks or heat and includes: Welding and allied

The image above was sent to the NFPA offices back in 1922, by member A. H. Appearson of Richmond, Virginia. According to Mr. Appearson, the electric heater shown above was situated in a pattern room of a foundry. A workman had left a bucket of water to

As I was driving home last night, I was a little surprised to see how many homes still have Christmas trees inside. I get it – it’s tough to say goodbye to the season and pack away the decorations. But there’s good reason to part ways

While fire is never an easy element to deal with, cold climates and wintery weather can make for especially difficult conditions. On the evening of January 22nd, 1922 a fire broke out in the Notre Dame de Grace section of Montreal, Canada. As a result of

Matt Love continues his extended meditation on the nature of coffee and leadership in the fire service.

You can’t say "always" and "never" about tactical operating tips in the fire service.

Most behavioral health programs available to firefighters and fire service leaders are reactive rather than preventive. For example, there are ample services that aid firefighters in returning to work, but few, if any, that enhance firefighters’ mental abilities while performing their duties effectively, or better still, prior to deployment.

Two incidents challenge a fire investigator looking into the origin and cause of the fire. The author offers pointers on investigating fires in which the origin and cause is unusual or not obvious.

Dena Ali goes in-depth on one of the fire service’s most timely subjects: how best to mitigate wildfire risk in the wildland urban interface.

Tim Doran uses his fire department’s own experience with a political setback to inform readers of how to best handle opposition to a presumably bulletproof plan.

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If we wish to avoid increasing the incidence of firefighter injuries and fatalities in these unfamiliar structures, we will need more planning, education, and training for fire department personnel, writes Greg Havel.

On January 8, 1911, a large conflagration destroyed the heart of the business district of Little Rock, Arkansas. The fire began in the firth story of a building occupied by the Hollenberg Music Company and spread quickly, first through the Jackson-Hanley

From The NFPA Quarterly v. 3, no.1 (July 1909): This was an exposure fire set by burning the Baldwin Theater and office building adjacent. The fire attacked the building through unprotected window openings, damaging woodwork and furnishings in about 40

On the afternoon of Sunday, January 4th in 1925, 1 patient died in fire at a private Boston hospital. The Scobey Hospital, located at 906-908 Beacon Street had been converted from two four-story residences into a hospital by cutting two doorways through

At a recent NFPA update for new fire and life safety educators, I gave the challenge to conduct a home fire drill with your family at night. With the busyness of the holidays and a to do list a mile long, we talked about the importance of having an

Getty Images As California recovers from its worst wildfire season on record, the landmark report released in October by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) carries even more weight. NFPA Journal covered the release of

In this presentation from Frank Viscuso, the focus is on the highest-rated fire service leadership traits

Getty Images From Asia to Africa and even in the United States, informal settlements—often called slums or shantytowns—house the urban poor. With no building codes governing the construction of homes inside these areas, the use of open

Tammy Gorman explains the psychological and personal motivations for why seemingly well-intentioned members commit widespread fraud when charged with a volunteer fire department’s finances.

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This incident was proof that cohesive company operations are vital to all operations.

LifeDoor Co-Founder Joel Sellinger explains the importance of closing the door at night in case of fire and a device that helps you if you forget.

Seattle (WA) Fire Department members Chris Greene and Mark Coons team up with ArcWear consultant Hugh Hoagland to bring you this much-needed discussion on the importance of preparing firefighter gear to protect responders from the dangers of electrical arc flash.

Jeff Simpson presents ideas and keys to successfully mitigating those inevitable incidents to which firefighters rarely respond yet have the most potential to be deadly.

Bruno’s lesson for me

Brian R. Haines gives those living in the wildland urban interface the information they need to help mitigate any dangers they face as wildfires grow in frequency and intensity.

Over 200 public education and community risk reduction specialists from 14 states gathered in Edison, New Jersey this week to hear from a variety of subject matter experts from across nine states at the Mid-Atlantic Safety Summit.  Topics

NFPA has teamed up once again with the U.S. Fire Administration for the “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires” campaign to help remind everyone that the winter months are the leading time of year for home fires. The updated infographics, available in

Greg Havel discusses some considerations for firefighters responding to an emergency at a facility with a boiler or other heating appliance with a discharging pressure relief valve.

It has been over a year since I summarized the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) fatal electric injury statistics. You can read my blog about it here. To refresh your memory there currently is an annual average of 192 fatal electrical injuries (U.S.A.).

Early on the morning of December 13, 1977 a fire broke out in the Aquinas Hall dormitory at Providence College in Providence, RI. Ten female students died as a result of this incident.   Pictured here: The rear view of the dormitory where two women

After a fire starts, there's very little time to act. Make sure the people in your community know to update their fire safety procedures to ensure they’re covering their bases.

If you’re interested in learning more about how NFPA’s educational messaging is created, how to use the Educational Messages Desk Reference, and details on the newest additions to the document, then you’ll want to listen to an interview

Sparky the Fire Dog® and his friend Simon, the smoke alarm tester, were the talk of a primary school in Tehran, Iran, recently as part of Fire Prevention Week. Fire officials, including Abbas Khadangi (far left) and public educator Neda

Seventy-six years ago today, an early morning fire at the Luongo’s Tap restaurant in Boston, MA took the lives of six firefighters and injured forty-five others. The fire started in the ceiling above the kitchen on the first floor of the building

On the morning of December 6th, 1917 the historic incident known as the Halifax Explosion occurred when two ships collided in the harbor. The temporary morgue that was set up after the event estimated that there were 2,000 fatalities and nearly 9,000

  The number of firefighters injured in the line of duty in 2017 was the lowest since NFPA began analyzing this data in 1981.   That’s one of the findings in the summary of a new NFPA report, “U.S. Firefighter Injuries in

In this presentation, Hillsboro (OR) Division Chief Jeff Gurske discusses how to get the most out of every training evolution.

The Bath Township (OH) Fire Department has proactively engaged all local industries to ensure it is adequately prepared to respond and mitigate all hazards safely and appropriately. We don’t want any surprises. When a fire occurs, we want to have visited the facility numerous times and be well aware of the building and its surroundings. We have made it a top priority to visit, tour, preplan, and meet with facility employees, managers, engineers, and safety personnel.

Building a solid relationship with the industrial responders before you have to respond to an industrial site is the first step in preparation. Joint training fosters a mutual understanding of each other’s daily responsibilities, and industrial responders’ training materials and standard operating procedures can be used for in-house training at your department.

Alider Pratts explains why your next routine call could also be your next training opportunity.

Devon Wells discusses the best ways to transform your rural volunteer fire department into a leading light of your community.

Learn how to recognize autoexposure of a fire to stay safe when operating.

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Hazardous materials emergency responders William A. Henle and Steven L. Hermann go in-depth on how to improve training standards for greater, more transparent results with “full-scale exercises.”

Protecting against “that call”

Toronto Fire Services Public Educator and 2018 NFPA Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year Denise Hynes, works in the fifth largest fire department in North America. Learn how she has developed workshops, prop kits, and safety events using NFPA

What does coffee have to do with leadership in the fire service? Matt Love looks at how our relationship with this beloved beverage has parallels to some leadership traits and challenges.

Google’s Nest brand and the Leary Firefighter Foundation recently announced the two winners to their 3rd Annual Thank You Grant. 

"I am concerned that the new attitude of firefighters and their departments are going to kill the reputation and respect for which we have strived and earned," writes John A. Sahatjian.

This presentation from Raul Angulo answers the above question with numerous creative and exciting drills and ideas for engine and ladder companies and individual firefighter skills. 

In this week's Humpday Hangout, hosts P.J. Norwood and Frank Ricci talk with David Polikoff about the options to provide the right training for your current and upcoming officers. 

The Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association (FAMA) awarded its 2018 Phillip L. Turner Fire Protection Scholarship to Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) student Nicholas Brondum. 

"It’s not what “they” do when you are there; it’s what “they” do and how “they” perform when you’re not there—that’s the truest measurement of transformational leadership," writes Leigh H. Shapiro.

In this week's Humpday Hangout, hosts Terry McGrath and Chief Rick Lasky talk with their guests about the FDNY 23rd Street Fire Collapse.

  Big, bold efforts were made in Michigan this week in effort to raise awareness for Fire Prevention Week, with an end-goal to affect the fire fatality rate that seems to be on the rise in Michigan.  A state-wide proclamation was signed by

Fire Departments in six states received Fire Prevention Week kits from State Farm Community outreach grants this October.  Thanks to the generosity of State Farm, agents delivered kits to fire departments to expand their fire prevention

"If you do not like the firefighter, officer, or chief you are today, fix it NOW. After all, only you can," writes Ken Himel.

Operation Save a Life launched in Georgia yesterday with fire departments from the surrounding areas attending this media event and smoke alarm distribution.  WSB-TV has teamed up with local fire departments, Kidde, The Home Depot and attorney

Fire Prevention Week is all about partnerships and how we all reach the community. This years theme:  Look. Listen. Learn. Fire can Happen Anywhere is a great theme to share with families.  Nationwide through the Make Safe Happen campaign has

The Sugar Creek (IN) Fire Department in West Terre Haute recently held its annual Fire Prevention Celebration and Fire Prevention Parade.

Last week a unique partnership came together in an effort to reach more youth in after school programming with fire safety messages.  The East Providence Fire Department, along with the Boys & Girls Clubs of East Providence, and staff from NFPA

On Thursday, October 4th, the leadership of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus presented 103 American flags to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. 

The Nevada State Fire Marshal, in coordination with the Fire Prevention Association of Nevada (FPAN) and participating Fire Departments statewide, are excited to announce the winners of the second annual State of Nevada Fire Prevention Week Poster

Kids are usually the target of Fire Prevention Week in communities during the month of October.  But with Sparky's new friend Simon alongside him, we are reaching all audiences with this years theme: Look, Listen, Learn: Fire can happen anywhere. At

Elina Weiste, Tiina Koivisto, and Sanna Vehviläinen describe a process used in Finland to help fire chiefs identify issues within their departments and potential solutions.

Seth Barker takes this up-close look at the training, preplanning, and deployment of resources needed to be successful in the wildland urban interface.


Seth Barker takes this up-close look at the training, preplanning, and deployment of resources needed to be successful in the wildland urban interface.


Bruce Lake describes the methods and techniques for attacking fire according to the conditions present and stresses that effectiveness depends on continuous practice of the specialized water application skills beforehand. 


UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) is working across all levels of the fire service in its “Close Before You Doze” fire safety campaign.

Beware of hidden dangers when operating at fires where ductwork is involved.

Thomas A. Merrill returns from his daughter’s college graduation with tips on creating a sense of pride inside each and every volunteer firehouse.

There’s been a surge of interest among adults in putting crayon to paper and coloring between the lines. In communities across North America, coloring book clubs, parties, and meetings for mature audiences have been launched at libraries, community

  How do the public's beliefs and attitudes toward health shape their behaviors? This recent webinar hosted by Andrea Vastis, senior director of public education at NFPA, reviews the basics of how people perceive their risk to fire and other health

As Fire Prevention Week draws closer and closer, the calls and emails are pouring in to NFPA’s Regional Education Specialists for assistance and direction on the tools and resources available to share this year’s theme “Look. 

On this final week of National Preparedness Month, the Department of Homeland Security encourages everyone to save for an emergency, stating that maintaining emergency savings, financial planning, and completing an emergency financial first aid kit are The September issue of Safety Source, NFPA’s public education newsletter, is now available. In this issue you will find: A new Fire Prevention Week™ video to add to your

On this third week of National Preparedness Month, the Department of Homeland Security encourages everyone to check their insurance coverage. Testimonial videos, flood insurance graphics and guidelines are provided to help people learn more about how to

  Thanks to all the fire departments that signed up this August to participate in Domino’s Fire Prevention Week program. All departments were automatically entered into a sweepstakes to receive an “FPW in a Box 300” package.

Since its release in December of last year, EFFECT™, NFPA’s electronic tool to assess the risk of high-rise buildings with combustible cladding, has seen widespread use across the globe by engineers, AHJ's and others interested in assessing

On this second week of National Preparedness Month, the Department of Homeland Security encourages everyone to learn lifesaving skills. The week’s focus is on individuals protecting themselves and their homes from flooding, earthquakes, and fires.

  Great communication requires great tools: a message; a sender; a receiver; the ability to code and encode information; and a response. How do fire departments fit all that into a tweet, an infographic, a press release, or an ad? Meredith Hawes,

During this first week of National Preparedness Month, the Department of Homeland Security is encouraging the public to make and practice an emergency plan. NFPAs Get Ready community toolkit provides materials fire departments and fire and life safety

A fatal fire as seen through photos at the scene.

Eric Grootendorst explains the benefits of maximizing the skills of your department’s technical rescue team.

Steven S. Greene explains how the latest generation’s lack of passion for firefighting could have harmful effects on the fire service going forward.

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Things to prepare for, check, and anticipate before going to work at an incident.

As for victim drags, we must know how to do this; “just make it happen” is not a plan. We should train to be able to drag a victim 10 to 20 feet (to the front door if in a path of egress or to a window if in a tenable bedroom.)

Associated Press In 2017, fire departments in the United States responded to just over 1.3 million fires, which killed an estimated 3,400 civilians and injured 15,000 more. These are the major findings from NFPA's Fire Loss in the U.S. in 2017 report,

Developed by law enforcement, fire, EMS, facility security, hospitals, universities, private businesses, and federal agencies, NFPA 3000 provides guidance on the comprehensive plans, policies, and procedures that should be established before, during, and

The newly released 2018 edition of the NFPA Educational Messages Desk Reference for the Fire Service and Fire and Life Safety Educators includes a new chapter on college and university housing with messaging addressing both on- and off-campus housing.

Wasps put a family at risk in Bellevue, Washington recently. Firefighters were called to the home because the carbon monoxide alarms were sounding. The home registered elevated levels of carbon monoxide. Firefighters discovered that wasps built a nest in

A new illustrated book, co-published by the International Code Council and APA – The Engineered Wood Association, provides an explanation of the lateral bracing provisions of the 2018 International Residential Code (IRC). 

The just released 2018 edition of the NFPA Educational Messages Desk Reference for the Fire Service and Fire and Life Safety Educators includes a new chapter devoted to messaging on safety from wildfires. The chapter includes three

How do fire departments fit effective messaging into a tweet, infographic, press release, or advertisement? NFPA Regional Education Specialist Meredith Hawes explains in the webinar, “The ABCs of Educational Messaging.” This timely webinar,

The August issue of Safety Source, NFPA’s public education newsletter, is now available. In this issue you will find: All the resources you’ll need to raise awareness on fire and life safety during Fire Prevention Week Details on the

The 2018 edition of this must-have tool for firefighters and fire and life safety educators is now available and includes new chapters on college and university housing and wildfires, as well as a new section on portable cooking equipment. Fire and burn

The International Code Council Board of Directors established an ad hoc committee to comprehensively explore and assess building safety and security.

Volunteer Fire Chief, Herbert Leusch, of the Glen Echo Fire Department, Bethesda, Maryland, and career Chief, Joanne Hayes-White, of the San Francisco (CA) Fire Department are this year’s honorees.

The NFPA Headquarters in Quincy, Massachusetts welcomes many visitors from all over the world. In the main lobby resides a beautiful antique fire engine that always attracts attention. This hand-pump fire engine was built by the Hunneman Company

“It’s out the windows” has had a lot of meanings and lessons learned over the years, and that’s why you need to be careful when you window shop.

Eclipse Fire Ground Solutions’ new face piece tool creates realistic heavy-smoke conditions that you can use for safety and rescue, fireground search, and thermal imaging camera training.

Stephen Coover looks at how you can improve a bad situation through the creation of an Identification Chief, an American version of an Israeli Population Behavior Officer.

Thomas E. Poulin explains why certain questions pertaining to leadership should be part of the testing process for promotion in the fire service and that responsibilities and required skills increase and change as leaders move up the promotional ladder.

Craig A. Haigh cites the case for replacing the employee annual performance evaluation with a system that provides for real-time feedback and a focus on employee goals.

Nicholas DeLia explains how using dioramas can better prepare first responders for the wide variety of incidents they encounter.

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  The Maranda's Park Parties are a familiar and treasured summer event in West Michigan, bringing 24 years of fun in the form or entertainment, attractions, food, and tons of prizes to local communities.  One of the greatest assets in the

A recent North Carolina State University research project has led to the development of advanced fire shelter materials options, as well as an enhanced technical basis for evaluating fire shelter materials alternatives. In this video clip, you’ll

While combing through some articles from the 1938 NFPA Quarterly, we recently came across a description of a fire incident that reminded us of an old Agatha Christie novel... with a happy ending.  The Setting: a two-family dwelling in Syracuse, NY

Early bird registration is open until August 28 for the Foundation's 2018 SUPDET® symposium, which will be held at the Embassy Suites Raleigh-Durham-Research Triangle East, Cary, NC from September 11-14, 2018.  This year's symposium will

The July issue of Safety Source, NFPA’s public education newsletter, is now available. In this issue you will find: A new Fire Prevention Week home fire escape grid Safety tips on electrical hazards around swimming pools, hot tubs and spas Sparky

State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey and Saugus Fire Chief Michael C. Newbury said the cause of the July 10 fire at 81 Juniper Drive in Saugus was the spontaneous combustion of rags being used to stain the back deck. Damages are estimated at $750,000 and two firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion.

Vision 20/20 just launched their  Fire Safety Materials Generator, created with funding from AFG. The Materials Generator allows fire departments to design their own public education materials based on the latest social marketing research,

It brightens the day to hear great stories about fire prevention and public education. Here’s one, from Jeff Corriveau, division chief of public education in Springwater, Ontario.   “Just wanted to let you know about a very

Wildland fire shelters are used by firefighters as a last line of defense when trapped by an approaching wildfire. As new and advanced materials become available, these shelters could provide significant performance improvements. This webinar

Greg Havel reviews the hazards holes present for firefighters working at construction sites and how hole covers may factor into fireground safety.

Bart Lace uses his department’s Company Officer Development Academy as an example of the right way to prepare young officers for any fireground situation.

Over the course of your career, you had better get used to the information you receive from the 911 caller, the bystander, or the person fleeing the scene being a little misleading.


Seventy-five percent of workers who voluntarily left their jobs did so because of their bosses and not the position itself. Here are eight leadership pitfalls to avoid alienating your firefighters.

Follow five habits for leadership development and success.

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How the Chicago (IL) Fire Department handled a fire in a wood-frame building under renovation.

Justin Thoroughman tells you how to redesign your department’s promotional processes to better place high-quality members to positions of higher rank and responsibility.

The Cape Girardeau (MO) Fire Department uses this ROSENBAUER rescue pumper as part of a standard engine company and responds to vehicle extrications throughout the city and county, explains Battalion Chief Brad Dillow. The pumper is also used as an advanced life support engine.

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Millennials may not be so different from firefighters of other generations. Avoid falling for five mistaken beliefs in managing this generation.

  A new theme, and new products, combined with input and inspiration from our stakeholders across the country, have turned this year's Fire Prevention Week catalog into a "road-map for success" when planning for the October campaign, or advocating

Authorities say that fireworks led to a three-alarm fire that destroyed a home in Lynn, Massachusetts, this week. According to NBC10, the fire started as a result of people setting off fireworks and one ricocheting to the second-floor porch, which

91 fire fatalities to date?  Yes officials in NC are distressed with the fact that more reported fire deaths have occurred through June of this year than for the whole year of 2017.  90 fire departments participated in the first

Greg Havel looks at how building methods to reduce heat loss through and around windows may impact firefighting operations.

June is National Safety Month, a time when organizations nationwide give additional focus to the prevention of injuries and deaths at work, on the roads, in our homes and communities. This year’s theme is “No 1 Gets Hurt.” The public is

Dolly Hulin (right), fire and life safety education division chief for the Thomasville Fire Department and the 2017 NFPA Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year is known for her exceptional commitment to fire and burn prevention education. Denise

Eric Bachman offers another case study of how fire departments working in concert with developers can help with preplanning efforts and better ensure effective emergency response.

Eric Bachman offers another case study of how fire departments working in concert with developers can help with preplanning efforts and better ensure effective emergency response.

Nick Salameh reviews some of the fundamentals of identifying building construction for firefighters.

Nick Salameh reviews some of the fundamentals of identifying building construction for firefighters.

"Galvanic corrosion" is damage caused when two dissimilar metals are joined in the presence of an electrolyte. Greg Havel on how this phenomenon can affect building construction and firefighting operations.

"Galvanic corrosion" is damage caused when two dissimilar metals are joined in the presence of an electrolyte. Greg Havel on how this phenomenon can affect building construction and firefighting operations.

NFPA's annual Firefighter Fatalities in the United States report was released last week, and it shows that in 2017, 60 firefighters died in the line of duty—the lowest number reported since NFPA began collecting that data in 1977.  Study

Additional educational resources that include Canadian spellings and data are available for the Canadian fire service, public educators and consumers. Just in time for the warmer weather are Canadian versions of safety tips sheets on grilling,

Unbeknownst to me, once again our company would be conducting a research project that was in an uncontrollable environment, unlike much of what we’ve been seeing coming out of the recent studies, which were experiments (procedures carried out under controlled conditions to discover an unknown effect or law, to test or establish a hypothesis, or to illustrate a known law).

Dennis Merrigan uses World War I’s historic Battle of Jutland to show the dangers of adaptive culture and its effects on the fire service.

Over the past year, I’ve been contributing to the Stop Believing Start Knowing (SBSK) blog, a professional firefighter page dedicated to helping firefighters learn and understand modern fire attack principles based on the modern fire dynamics science studies provided through the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL).

Over the past year, I’ve been contributing to the Stop Believing Start Knowing (SBSK) blog, a professional firefighter page dedicated to helping firefighters learn and understand modern fire attack principles based on the modern fire dynamics science studies provided through the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL).

Daniel Stratton gives this overview of what basic information and tools are needed to create a safer fireground for crews.

Richard W. Nagle explains how Malcolm Gladwell’s famous “10,000 hour” rule of skill set practice can improve the proficiency of all volunteer firefighters.

The Truckee Meadows (NV) Fire Protection District transitions from urban to rural to wildland interface areas. Battalion Chief Jay Cwiak says the department’s two tankers, built by MIDWEST FIRE TANKER, are designed to perform initial attack, pump-and-roll, nurse pumping, and shuttling activities.