NFPA Updates...
From Meredith Hawes, North Central Regional Director,  NFPA

Hello North Central Region,

Below are some recent updates from NFPA.  As always, please let me know if you have any questions or any feedback.  Enjoy the last few weeks of summer!

  • We Need Your Help! The Fire Protection Research Foundation (FPRF), NFPA’s research affiliate, is conducting a study on “Fires in Animal Housing Facilities” with the objective to collect and analyze information on fire incidents involving any animal housing facility where animals are kept for any purpose (i.e. barn, stables, kennels, animal shelters, veterinary facilities, zoos, laboratories, racetracks etc.) The survey shall be accessed from this URL: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8D3G2DQ
    The information you provide through this survey will be anonymous. This means that your name or your organization’s name will not be collected or linked to the data in any way. The anonymized and compiled results of this survey will be used in the final reports, the researchers will not identify you or your organization. Please complete the survey by August 31st, 2021.  You can read more about the overall project from this project summary document.

  • New research report from the Fire Protection Research Foundation: “Static Electricity Incident Review”.  The report can be found here. This Research Foundation report assimilate the existing peer reviewed literature into a framework to identify, summarize and analyze static electricity incidents to assist the NFPA 77 Technical Committee on Static Electricity as well as other stakeholders in the fire protection community and life safety industry.

 

  • Spotlight on Public Education, virtual conference, going live Tuesday, September 14th, 9:45 am – 6:30 pm ET  Spotlight on Public Education (SOPE) is an exciting way to enhance your knowledge and skills to promote fire, burn and injury prevention education in your community.  Since 2017, the Public Education Division of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has hosted SOPE, bringing together fire and life safety educators, injury prevention professionals, healthcare and emergency responders, and others responsible for risk reduction to share knowledge and ideas to boost your ability to protect your community.  Featuring workshops on Assuring Inclusion for People with Disabilities, Creating Culturally Relevant Programs, Anatomy of Fire Prevention Week, Education in our New Hybrid World, and so much more!  This program will be available for one full year for all registrants so that you can access and complete the workshops and get your CEU’s at your convenience.
    Take advantage of our Buy One Get One Free registration special offer.  Use code EARLYBIRD125 when registering, select 2 tickets, and you can invite a friend for free – all for $98!  Offer expires August 31, 2021.  Simply register yourself, select two tickets, and after completing the purchase you will receive a link to assign the extra ticket.  Register now – Pick favorites later!  www.nfpa.org/SOPE

 

  • You are invited to participate in a research study conducted the Fire Protection Research Foundation, NFPA's research affiliate, where the objective is to establish an evaluation method that can be used to assess the performance of fire protection systems for aircraft hangars. The project summary for the "Performance Criteria for Aircraft Hangar Fire Protection Systems" study is available here

    This questionnaire has been created as part of this study to collect information on fire incidents and suppression system activations in aircraft hangars to ensure that design fires and the corresponding performance criteria for suppression systems is reflective of incidents in aircraft hangars today. The questions below seek your responses specific to fire incidents in aircraft hangars. If you have multiple incidents to report, we request that you retake this questionnaire by clicking the same URL to report additional incidents. This survey can be accessed here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6X7V5V7. The survey will be available until September 10, 2021.

 

  • The NFPA Fire & Life Safety Policy Institute announced the launch of the Ecosystem Assessment Tool that will help users identify gaps in a community’s capacity to support safety and draw on the results to advocate for specific changes that will better protect citizens and property. It is designed for professionals and practitioners responsible for building, electrical, and life safety including fire officials, building code enforcers, emergency managers, and policymakers, and is available in English, Spanish, and Arabic languages.

    In the last decade, a number of tragic U.S. and international life safety incidents have put a spotlight on safety systems that repeatedly fail to protect the public and first responders. These incidents represent failures of the Fire & Life Safety Ecosystem™, a framework NFPA developed in 2018 that identifies the eight components that must work together to minimize risk and help prevent loss, injuries, and death from fire, electrical, and other hazards. More information about the NFPA Fire & Life Safety Ecosystem, including the new 2020 Ecosystem Year in Review report, videos, articles, reports and fact sheets, is available at nfpa.org/ecosystem.