Lasting Impact

Four ways the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, changed the world of fire and life safety forever

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Drone Smarts

A new NFPA training program helps fire departments set up compliant drone programs

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‘Totally vulnerable’
After fire tears through an apartment building in Italy, the high-rise’s cladding is now under scrutiny. Read article.

Preparing for Takeoff
Experts say flying taxis will soon be here. Is the fire safety community ready? Read article.


The Lasting Impact of 9/11

It’s hard to believe that the September 11 terrorist attacks happened 20 years ago this month. Of the nearly 3,000 people killed at the World Trade Center, at the Pentagon, and in rural Pennsylvania, more that 400 were emergency responders, including 343 firefighters. On today’s podcast, we consider how that day forever changed the US fire service. First, we’ll look at the dedicated responder network FirstNet and how incident communications have been revolutionized since 9/11 (1:02). Then, we’ll talk to two national leaders in the fire service, who reflect on their own experiences in the aftermath of the attacks and tell us what they think are 9/11’s lasting legacies (23:44).


Learn Something New
As the world looks back on two decades since the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States, NFPA Journal examines four ways the incident changed fire and life safety forever

Learning from Surprise

Learning from a 2019 ESS explosion in Arizona that severely injured four firefighters


In this regular NFPA Journal section, we highlight four recent news stories that made us say, “Huh?”

Story in Progress
A landmark study from NFPA draws on nearly 40 years of data to assess efforts at reducing fires in the US

Air Supply
Firefighter air replenishment systems in high-rises, money for firehouse repairs, and more

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

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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Fire protection for flying taxis and energy storage systems, fire safety in the United States since 1980, what the Florida condo collapse means for similar buildings across the country, and much more. It’s all in the Fall 2021 issue of NFPA Journal.