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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. 








US Reps. Pete Stauber, D-Minnesota, and Jared Golden, D-Maine, introduce The Fire Station Infrastructure Safety Act, which would direct the US Fire Administration to create a report on the age and condition of every fire station in the country to determine where investments need to be made. Read more.





Elected official David Brooks-Hill works to remove building inspection requirements in his rural district in British Columbia, Canada. Brooks-Hill reportedly won his seat by campaigning on the removal of building inspection requirements. Read more.

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After a devastating 2018 wildfire season in California, the city of Berkeley sets aside hundreds of thousands of dollars in its 2020-21 budget for wildfire prevention programs. Read more.





In Erie, Pennsylvania, five children die in a fire in a three-story house that was also used as a day-care facility. The home reportedly only had one smoke alarm, installed in the attic, despite a state code requiring one on each floor of a day-care facility. State inspection procedures for day cares also reportedly do not include checking for smoke alarms, which is why the violation wasn’t uncovered. Read more.

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The New York State Senate releases a report showing a systematic failure to prioritize code enforcement at all levels of government throughout the Empire State. Exposed wiring, no means of egress, illegal conversions, and the absence of working smoke alarms are just the “tip of the iceberg,” the report reads. Read more.

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The Toledo (Ohio) Fire & Rescue Department seeks to hire a minority-owned creative firm to increase diversity in its ranks. Experts argue that a more diverse fire service facilitates more effective outreach to a broader range of community members, leading to more successful fire prevention strategies. Read more.