NFPA Articles on Subjects of Interest to Canadians
and a Place For You to Share Your Thoughts on These Subjects
NFPA's Metropolitan Fire Chiefs released a report on assessing community risks when reviewing potential budget cuts. Although written by the Metro Chiefs section of NFPA it offers valuable guidance and insights for fire chiefs from any size community facing budget cuts. This is a free resource offered from NFPA.
A November 2011 report released by NFPA's Metropolitan Fire Chiefs section highlights the increased risks posed by budget cuts on metropolitan fire departments. The report is presented following the Urban Fire Forum hosted by NFPA each year. The report entitled Fire Service Deployment: Assessing Community Vulnerability and is available for free download from the NFPA website. A cpy is also atached below for download. The report provides an excellent summation of arguments, reports, and other…
In response to the review panel called by the Alberta government on the Flat Top Wildfire (Slave Lake) review NFPA's canadian Regional manager has submitted comments for the panel to consider. These comments have been attached for your review and feedback.
It is the submitter's opinion that without there being some degree of mandatory assessment of the risk of WUI in the development of future areas then losses similar to Slave Lake will increase in the province as well as nationally. The province should consider options to regulate or codify this requirement.
The province should consider the adoption of a regulation requiring every community to complete a WUI risk assessment for their communities. As a component of this risk assessment a…
NFPA is offering a number of free webinars on the subjects of Wildland Urban Interface, Fire Doors and Windows (NFPA 80), Life Safety in Health Care Occupancies (NFPA 101), and Electrical Safety. Registration is free. Check out the details at the liks below.
NFPA is set to run a number of free webinars on subjects of potential interest to Canadians. Please consider checking these out and forwarding to other interested parties.
November 8th - Firewise Principles and Wildfire Safety -- http://www.nfpa.org/newsReleaseDetails.asp?categoryid=488&itemId=53705
November 9 - NFPA 80 Inspection, Testing & Maintenance -- http://www.nfpa.org/itemDetail.asp?categoryID=2285&itemID=53249&URL=Training/NFPA%2080,%20Inspection,%20Testing,%20and%20Ma…
Please read the news release below.
NFPA Journal highlights post 9-11 fire and life safety improvements.
Issue details NFPA’s effort to strengthen codes and standards
The current edition of the NFPA Journal highlights the many improvements to fire and life safety undertaken by NFPA since the tragic events of 9-11. It is well worthh a read. You can see these articles on line at: http://www.nfpa.org/publicJournalDetail.asp?categoryID=2248&itemID=53000
NFPA has been given the green light to develop an ambulance standard. The new standard NFPA 1917 is currently in the ROP stage and public comments are being sought. The new standard shall be a safety standard to protect EMS personnel as well as creating a consensus document that can assist in future tenders. This shall build upon NFPA experience with the fire apparatus standard NFPA 1901 but with EMS expertise to guide the committee.
The public is being asked to ensure their comments are submitted by August 30. The ROP and proposed standard can be read at the following link: http://www.nfpa.org/aboutthecodes/AboutTheCodes.asp?DocNum=1917
For those wanting a little more backgorund on the development of the standard and the rationale there is a good summary article at the following link: http://www.nfpa.org/publicColumn.asp?categoryID=2209&itemID=52155&src=NFPAJournal
To date there have been over 1700 proosals…
The WCDM concluded yesterday in Toronto. Excellent speakers all around and some very compelling points made.
The WCDM just wrapped up yesterday in Toronto. I was able to attend this year as an observer witout any presentation or booth duties to perform. This gave me an excellet opportunity to listen and ponder many of the presentations made. From a fire service perspective we heard from Jo Harrison-Ward the CEO of the Fire & Emergency Services Agency for Western Australia as well as a number of leading thinkers on the aspects of commuity resiiliency.
The major theme seemed to be around community…
The NFPA Annual Conference in Boston concluded today and by all feedback was very successful. A large number of Canadians were present to attend the technical sessions as well as a number of presentors.
The NFPA Annual Conference in Boston concluded today and by all feedback was very successful. A large number of Canadians were present to attend the technical sessions as well as a number of presentors. Conference speakers covered a number of areas including:
- Buildng & Life Safety
- Codes & Standards
- Detection & Notificiation
- Emergency Preparedness & Buisiness Continuity
- Fire & Emergency Services
- Fire Protection Engineering
- Fire Suppression
- Green Building …
NFPA to offer complimentary web update on code changes impacting antifreeze usage in fire sprinkler systems
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) will be offering free live web updates on changes to NFPA sprinkler-related codes. The changes were brought about by Tentative Interim Amendments (TIAs) regarding the use of antifreeze in sprinkler systems.
"Based on recent full scale testing of various antifreeze concentrations in sprinkler systems, NFPA 13, NFPA 13R, NFPA 13D, and NFPA 25 have modified the requirements for antifreeze usage through recently approved TIA's," said Matthew Klaus,…
NFPA has submitted code change proposals to both the Alberta Safety Codes Council and the Canadian Codes Centre on the need for FireSmart desing practices to be incorporated into the provincial and national building codes in high risk wildfire areas.
The FireSmart design practices found in the FireSmart in NFPA 1141 and 1144 have been shown to be a valid way of increasing the potential survivability of structures in high risk wildland urban interface areas. Unlike the major US codes that have provisions for such design in their building codes the national Building Code and by extension the ABC have no provisons. This leaves it to individual commuities to enforce. There is currently a debate before the Canadian Commission on Building and…
A recent fire fatality at a care home in Timmins higlights the need to retroactively sprinkler all existing care homes. The likelihood of dying in a care home fire according to Canadian statistics is almost 5 times that of the national average. Some provinces (PEI, NB, NS, and NL) have already taken action but the rest are lagging behind.
There is a compelling story in the Globe and Mail today for the case to retrofit sprinklers in all existing care homes. This can be read at: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/christie-blatchford/provinces-dawdling-leaves-seniors-vulnerable-to-death-by-fire/article1970908 NFPA has been working with groups like the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs and has been giving testimony in recent Fire Code Commission hearings on care homes and fire plan approvals.
The fire death rate in care…