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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.

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You can also download a visual representation (PDF) of the successes and failures below.

 

Component

Story

 Result

 

COVID-BROKE

911 systems across the US are 'at a breaking point' financially after receiving next to zero COVID-19–related aid since the pandemic began in April, according to multiple reports.

An X

 Investment in safety cog

 
SPARE RIBS SPARED 

A local fire investigator rules that fire sprinklers installed eight years ago saved a Texas BBQ joint from being destroyed by a fire this past New Year's Eve. 

Check 

 Preparedness and emergency response cog

 
COVID-WISE 

North Carolina's state fire marshal launches a first responder COVID-19 registry to provide real-time data for state leaders to understand how the virus is affecting responders and what resources are needed to keep them safer.  

 Check

 Skilled workforce cog

 
SYSTEM FAILURE

Three contractors are charged with negligent homicide for allegedly installing a heating system incorrectly at a New Hampshire couple's home, leading to the couple's death by carbon monoxide poisoning.

 An X
 Development and use of current codes cog

 
GIMPY GEAR

Fires involving photovoltaic arrays have increased five-fold in Australia, due largely to government rules mandating the use of poor equipment, according to PV Magazine.

An X 

 

 

 
COVID-DESPERATE

North Dakota's governor announces that the state will allow health care workers who tested positive for COVID-19 to continue to treat patients. 

 An X