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NFPA to fast-track NFPA 3000, a standard for unified response to rising toll of active shooter and hostile events

This marks only the second time in NFPA’s 121-year history that provisional standard status has been authorised by the NFPA Standards Council A rise in active shooter incidents and the escalating impact of hostile events has prompted the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to process NFPA 3000, Standard for Preparedness and Response to Active Shooter and/or Hostile Events as a provisional standard, which means it would be available for use as early as Apr...

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service books Sloping Tactic for fire safety standard violations

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has served prohibition and enforcement notices to Sloping Tactic Limited for fire safety breach Fire safety inspectors from North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service recently received an anonymous complaint stating that the fire alarm was not working at the Lamb and Lion pub and hotel in Petergate. The building which is grade II listed is in the heart of the City of York and close to York Minster. A fire safety officer visited the build...

NBC’s ‘This is Us’ dramatically demonstrates how missteps can lead to casualties in home fire

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says these dramatizations turned a spotlight on fire safety, a topic many think little about until it’s too late Over the past few weeks, the NBC television show, ‘This is Us’, has effectively dramatized home fire missteps that can have deadly consequences. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says these dramatizations turned a spotlight on fire safety, a topic many think little about until it’s...

Wildfire Mitigation Awards committee announces winners of 2018 Wildfire Mitigation Awards

The Wildfire Mitigation Awards are sponsored by the NASF, the IAFC, the NFPA, and the USFS The Wildfire Mitigation Awards committee has announced the 2018 Wildfire Mitigation Award winners. Established in 2014, the awards are the highest commendation for innovation and leadership displayed by individuals and organisations committed to wildfire mitigation. The Wildfire Mitigation Awards are sponsored by the National Association of State Foresters (NASF), the International...

NFPA’s report states space heaters are the second-leading cause of U.S. home fires and the third-leading cause of deaths

Between 2011 and 2015, portable and stationary space heaters accounted for more than two of every five U.S. home heating fires and five out of six home heating fire deaths Keeping sufficiently warm during the winter months can prove challenging, particularly when frigid temperatures persist, as they have recently for much of the country. While portable space heaters can help generate heat, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is reminding the public that they do p...

NFPA and State Farm launches project funding awards application period for Wildfire Community Preparedness Day 2018

Preparedness Day gives people of all ages a chance to plan and participate in a risk reduction or wildfire preparedness activity that makes their community a safer place to live Every year, brush, grass and forest fires burn across the U.S., and more people are living where wildfires are a real risk. It’s not a matter of if it will happen, but when will a community experience a wildfire threat. To help address this wildfire challenge, the National Fire Protection Asso...

New book highlights the need for Fire Service to be revamped to cope with modern-day disasters

Fire and Rescue Services: Leadership and Management Perspectives is intended to be read with one eye to the future as well as the past A highly anticipated book charting the modern history of the Fire Service from 1997 to 2015 has been published, authored by Peter Murphy and Kirsten Greenhalgh from Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham. Past and future of Fire Service The book, Fire and Rescue Services: Leadership and Management Perspectives highlight...

13 fire safety tips to reduce risk of kitchen fires

Knowing the right fire safety tips will help one lower the risk of accidentally starting a fire Fire prevention may be something that many people don’t think about on a daily basis; however, most people are not aware of the real dangers fire poses, and why there are different measures they should take in order to ensure their own and their family's safety. Kitchen and fire facts By being aware of the little things, you can avoid being part of the scary statistics. To g...

Advanced Forest Fire Fighting project presents major breakthrough in firefighting technology

The new sensor nodes are at the heart of the new firefighting approach and have been tested in real-life fires A new digital system which can detect and monitor large scale fires will revolutionise how firefighters approach forest fires. It is set to drastically reduce environmental and property damage and protect human lives. Advanced Forest Fire Fighting project The University of Westminster is a partner in the Advanced Forest Fire Fighting (AF3) project involving 20 insti...

Aligned Assets and 118 Information improve NFSP fire and rescue services in the UK

The service has led to an extra 45,000 business addresses being avilable to the Fire Servies for emergency response The Network Fire Services Partnership, a collaborative partnership between Devon & Somerset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Services, has increased the safety of business in their region by integrating business details supplied by Aligned Assets and 118 Information. With integral 118 Information data embedded into the g...

Fire Authority Chairman Andrew Backhouse requests report to increase crewing of Tactical Response Vehicles

The Fire Brigades Union has expressed safety concerns about crewing TRVs with fewer than 4  Due to long standing safety concerns of The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) about crewing TRVs with fewer than 4 firefighters, and more recently concerns having been raised by local MPs on behalf of their constituents, the Fire Authority’s new Chairman, Councillor Andrew Backhouse, has asked officers to produce a report to increase crewing of TRVs at Malton, Tadcaster, Northallerto...

Laidlaw explains how correct fire door hardware can save lives

2017 has sadly provided a litany of high profile fire-related disasters and brought the need and awareness for better fire safety to the forefront of everyone’s mind. Fire doors are critical Fire Door Safety Week (September 25 – October 1), is a timely opportunity to bring to light the critically important role of fire doors in building fire safety and to remind responsible individuals of the legal requirements and to give tips and guidelines to reinforce this c...

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