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Ecosystem Watch

In each issue of NFPA Journal, six recent news events, research findings, or other items are chosen by the Journal editorial staff and highlighted as examples of successes or failures in the context of the NFPA Fire & Life Safety Ecosystem.

Examples from the most recent issue of NFPA Journal are listed below. See more information about the Ecosystem and each of its eight components. 

 

Component

Story

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WATCHFUL EYES 

Seattle city officials announce efforts to ramp up the inspection and regulation of abandoned buildings, where fire and other life safety hazards often exist in abundance. Read more.

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BURYING RISK 

California’s Pacific Gas & Electric Company vows to build underground power lines in Paradise, Magalia, and other towns affected by the Camp Fire—the state’s deadliest-ever wildfire, which was sparked by above-ground PG&E power lines in November 2018. Read more.

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TESLA TOUTS BETTER BATTERIES 

Following a string of blazes apparently caused by the lithium-ion batteries that power its vehicles, electric automaker Tesla announces software updates for tens of thousands of its vehicles related to battery charging and thermal regulation, which will reportedly lessen the risk of fire. Read more.

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NOT SO SHIP-SHAPE

A $500 million project to repair a Navy destroyer, the USS Fitzgerald, is threatened by repeated fires on deck caused by unsafe conditions, including poorly conducted hot work. Read more.

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CAR CATASTROPHE

A Pennsylvania warehouse where rare and antique vehicles worth millions were being stored is razed by fire, destroying hundreds of the cars. Officials say the property’s fire protection systems had either not been installed or not been maintained properly. Read more.

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HOOSIERS HELPING HOOSIERS

Over 1,500 responders from 11 different emergency response agencies make history by conducting the largest search and rescue exercise ever carried out in the United States at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in Indiana. Read more.

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