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NFPA Standards Council Issues Amendment To The 2018 Edition Of NFPA 101 Life Safety Code

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) announced that after passing technical committee ballot, the NFPA Standards Council issued a Tentative Interim Amendment (TIA), or emergency amendment, to allow for a second type of lock, enabling schools to employ a potentially more cost-effective door locking solution while delivering a higher level of safety to students, staff and visitors. The TIA is aimed at better protecting students and staff against targeted acts of violence. Schools were,...

Government Consultation Now Open On Sprinklers And Other Fire Safety Measures

The Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, made the following statement in both Houses: “I updated the House today in an Oral Statement on the Government's progress on building safety and set out this administration’s approach. As set out in the Statement, I am consulting on changes to fire safety regulations for new-build blocks of flats." "We will seek to commit to requiring sprinkler systems as standard in a wider range of new...

Tim Passmore, Steve Jupp And Dan Fearn Open The Beccles Shared Police And Fire Station

Tim Passmore, Police and Crime Commissioner and Suffolk County Councillor Richard Rout, formally opened the new shared Police/Fire station in Beccles (Friday 30 August 2019), along with Chief Constable Steve Jupp and Deputy Chief Fire Officer Dan Fearn. This is the eleventh shared community Fire and Police facility in Suffolk with stations already operating in Leiston, Newmarket, Saxmundham, Felixstowe, Woodbridge, Ixworth, Elmswell, Debenham, Framlingham and Clare. There are also plans for fur...

Rapid Relief Team To Provide Cambridgeshire Fire And Rescue Service Firefighters With Food And Refreshments

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service has entered into an agreement with the Rapid Relief Team to support firefighters when they are attending prolonged incidents by providing food and refreshments. The Rapid Relief Team (RRT) is a non-profit charitable organization. Its volunteers are members of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church and their mission is to provide voluntary support to the emergency services at large scale incidents. The volunteers make themselves available to support emergen...

NFPA Research Report Shows 43 Percent Of U.S. Fire Stations Older Than Four Decades

As the condition of aging bridges, roadways, transportation resources, and grids across the U.S. has increasingly become the focus of discussion, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has issued Renovations Needs of the U.S. Fire Service, a new report on the fire service’s aging infrastructure. Two key findings within the report show that more than 21,000 firehouses across the country are beyond 40 years of age with total replacement costs estimated to be in the $70-$100 billion...

NFPA Presents Mark W. Earley With The Richard G. Biermann National Electrical Code Outstanding Volunteer Award

Mark W. Earley, former National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) chief electrical engineer and NFPA 70, National Electrical Code (NEC) staff liaison, has been presented the Richard G. Biermann National Electrical Code Outstanding Volunteer Award. Earley has worked for NFPA since 1986 and served as staff liaison and secretary to the NEC Correlating Committee from 1989 until his retirement in August 2019. He has co-authored NFPA’s reference book, Electrical Installations in Hazardous Loca...

NFPA And The Center For Campus Fire Safety Partnership For Student Fire Safety Campaign

NFPA and The Center for Campus Fire Safety are partnering up to help ensure those living spaces are as safe as possible through their Campus Fire Safety for Students campaign. The campaign raises awareness about the threat of fire among college students in both on- and off-campus housing, and puts relevant information in the hands of parents, staff, and students, who are encouraged to take proactive measures to protect themselves and their peers against fire. Many of the resources offered are d...

NVFC Opens Registrations For Training Summit 2020 Scheduled To Be Held In Orlando

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is pleased to announce that the next NVFC Training Summit will take place June 26-27, 2020, in Orlando, FL. Pre-register here to save your spot and get updates as event information becomes available. NVFC Training Summit 2020 Launched in 2014, the Training Summit provides an opportunity for first responders from across the country to participate in valuable classroom training as well as exchange ideas and best practices with their peers. The NVFC&rsq...

Beele Engineering’s NOFIRNO Gasket For Manholes Withstands Heavy-Duty Fire Test

Manholes on-board ships or in industrial or offshore plants are generally only used from time to time. The manholes are closed most of the time and are only opened when there is a need for maintenance or other activities to be performed on the installation. Gaskets are used to ensure the steel sealing plates reliably seal off the manhole. The NOFIRNO gaskets supplied by Beele Engineering for these types of systems were recently subjected to one of the most severe fire tests possible. Tested To...

Firefighters In Chichester Thank Residents For Swift Response To Emergency Situation

Firefighters in Chichester would like to thank residents for their quick thinking after a fire in a property on Thursday afternoon. Crews from Chichester, Bognor Regis and Selsey were mobilized to the incident on Lennox Road, Chichester, at 3.37pm following reports of a fire in a residential flat, with the first crew from Chichester arriving on scene within five minutes. Upon arrival they found smoke issuing from a window of the property. Rescuing an adult male from the property trapped by fire...

London Fire Brigade Releases Reports On An Alarming Number Of School Fires And Notes The Lack Of Sprinkler Systems

New figures released show that no schools, which have had fires recently, had sprinklers fitted. This year alone, London Fire Brigade had attended 57 fires in schools in the capital and new figures released by the Brigade show that not a single school had an automatic fire suppression system (AFSS) fitted. The Brigade has long been calling for sprinklers to become a mandatory requirement in schools. In particular, they want sprinklers to be mandatory in all new school builds and for all schools...

GMB Union Supports London Fire Brigade Campaign And Urges Members To Install Fire Suppression Systems In Schools

GMB, the union representing school staff, are shocked and concerned by figures recently released by the London Fire Brigade, that report that of all 57 fires in schools across the capital attended by the LFB in the past year, not one of the schools were fitted with sprinklers also known as automatic fire suppression system (AFSS). GMB supports the LFB campaign to ensure all schools are fitted with sprinklers by urging GMB members to contact their local members of parliament and tell them they w...

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