Ultra Urban

A vast rural-to-urban migration is underway that will add billions of people to cities in developing nations over the next few decades. What can the safety community do to prepare?

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Beyond Foam

The latest edition to aircraft hangar standard allows users to consider alternatives to foam suppression

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‘No Stopping It’
A Montana cattle rancher reflects on a summer wildfire and what a future of more fires means. Read article.

2021 Editors’ Picks
The NFPA Journal editorial team goes over some of its favorite stories from the past year. Read article.


Preventing Human Trafficking

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. In today's episode of The NFPA Podcast, we revisit an interview NFPA Journal Executive Editor Scott Sutherland conducted with Jeremy Inglis in October. Inglis, a Canadian fire chief, discusses how firefighters, building inspectors, and others can learn to better identify and help prevent human trafficking.


The Final Frontier: Fire Protection in Space
In this episode of Learn Something New by NFPA Journal, we examine fire protection on spacecraft and ongoing NASA research into how flames spread in zero-gravity.

In Plain Sight

How safety professionals have a role to play in stopping human trafficking


A roundup of four recent headscratchers from the world of fire and life safety

Preventing the Preventable
An investigation into deadly home fires in Chicago uncovers lapses at every level of local government

‘City in a Coma’
A safety expert in Beirut discusses the state of the city following the 2020 blast that killed hundreds

Investment in safety cogECOSYSTEM SUCCESS  
Three US representatives introduce a bill that would provide $1 billion in funding to repair aging fire station infrastructure across the country. Read more.

In the days following the Fourth of July, media outlets across the country report serious injuries and even deaths resulting from the use of consumer fireworks during the holiday weekend. This comes after a historic number of consumer fireworks injuries reported in 2020. Read more.

Code compliance cogECOSYSTEM FAIL 
Two building inspectors are criminally charged for allegedly filling out false fire safety inspection reports for an assisted living facility in New York where two people died in a blaze in March. Read more.

Preparedness and emergency response cogECOSYSTEM SUCCESS 
A study by doctors in Pennsylvania finds that a simple nap can help first responders make better-informed decisions. “To avoid … that groggy feeling that you feel when you wake up after a nap, it’s best to engage in short duration naps such as 30 minutes or less,” one of the researchers adds. Read more.

A lawsuit filed in Alabama recently claims government officials there neglected to provide adequate fire safety measures at a boat dock where a fire in January 2020 killed eight people. Read more.

Investment in safety cog ECOSYSTEM FAIL  
Plans to move forward with stripping and replacing dangerous exterior wall components, including flammable cladding, on thousands of buildings in the United Kingdom yet again stall during debates over who should pay for the work. Read more.

Preparedness and emergency response cog ECOSYSTEM SUCCESS 
A new online service and smartphone app launches to connect firefighters experiencing mental health issues with clinicians and other firefighters with similar issues. Learn more at redlinerescue.org.

Code compliance cog ECOSYSTEM FAIL 
A fire at a Massachusetts recycling facility reveals the business lacked proper permits and didn't have working sprinklers or a fire alarm system. The company could face serious charges, The Eagle Tribune reports. Read more.

Daily Dispatches
News for America's Fire Service, compiled by the
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Read the latest print issue

Fire safety in an increasingly urbanized world, putting a stop to human human trafficking, Beirut a year after its catastrophic port blast, flood risk in the United States, and much more. It’s all in the Winter 2021 issue of NFPA Journal.