NFPA Journal features mass notification system at Texas racetrack

Other topics include event safety, U.S. firefighter fatalities and cooking-fire mitigation technology testing

July 12, 2013 — The latest issue of NFPA Journal®, the official magazine of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), features how a Formula One racetrack used new provisions of NFPA 72® to create an innovative mass notification system in “Loud and Clear.”

The story details the development of the Circuit of the Americas racetrack complex east of Austin, Texas, a project that had “become a development colossus with a tight deadline and a long list of potentially complex fire code requirements.” Learn more about how stakeholders implemented a testing and acceptance process while using a performance-based approach for assessing the risks.

Also featured in this issue: 

  • Allied in Safety – A new organization dedicated to live-event safety is producing a guide it hopes will become indispensable for industry professionals.
  • Firefighter Fatalities in The United States 2012 – Since NFPA started to study firefighter fatalities, last year was the lowest number recorded where 64 U.S. firefighters died on duty.
  • 2012 Firefighter Fatality Narratives – A selection of fatality incidents from the full report.
  • Front Burner – A project aims to help develop standardized fire scenarios and performance test methods for cooking-fire mitigation technologies conducted under the auspices of the Fire Protection Research Foundation.

Video: Dan Gottuk, senior engineer with Hughes Associates provides an overview of the research project into standardizing cooking fire mitigation tests.Cooking fires are the leading cause of home structure fires.

Video: Hughes Associates research engineer Josh Dinaburg provides a detailed look at an actual testing being conducted to develop a standardized test for evaluating the performance of fire prevention devices for cooking ranges. 

Learn more about this research at

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