July / August 2006 US firefighter fatalities in 2005

The 2005 U.S. firefighter fatality report; Reaching out to young mothers for a Risk Watch presentation; NFPA 75 - fire protection and business continuity; Hydrogen infrastructure safety.

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US firefighter fatalities in 2005
In 2005, a total of 87 on-duty firefighter deaths occurred in the U.S. The 87 on-duty deaths represent the lowest total since 1993, and the third lowest death toll since NFPA began tracking these deaths in 1977.
Rita F. Fahy & Paul R. LeBlanc


ONLINE EXCLUSIVE - From Pain to Empowerment
Every year in the United States, an estimated 4,700 children ages 14 and under are treated for injuries sustained from falling out of windows.
Lisa Braxton

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE - Identifying and preventing water supply and sprinkler system impairments
In the NFPA’s study, U.S. Experience with Sprinklers and Other Fire Extinguishing Equipment, 65 percent of the system failures were due to the system being shut off, 16 percent were due to manual intervention in the operation of the system, and 11 percent were due to a lack of maintenance.
Charlie Bauroth

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE - NFPA 150: Animal housing facilities
Traditional building and fire codes provide for broadly applied concepts to the facilities, but lack any specificity with regard to the unique nature of the Animal inhabitants.
Timothy A. Hawthorne and Hossein Davoodi

New generation of grease ducts
Grease duct fires may have met their match in the factory-built, no-weld grease duct with an integral fire-rated chase.
Jay Parikh

Vital records protection with NFPA 1600
Is there a need to expand NFPA 1600 to address vital records protection?
Van Carlisle

Firefighter fatality incidents
An in-depth look at some of 2005's fatalities.
Rita F. Fahy & Paul R. LeBlanc

U.S. firefighter deaths related to training, 1996 – 2005
Training is a vital part of fire department operations, but it too often results in unnecessary deaths and injuries.
Rita Fahy

Reaching out, reaching more
Unlike typical Risk Watch® lessons, this one was not held at a school, but at an emergency shelter for women and their children.
Lisa Braxton

Protecting IT
The heart of most businesses is information technology. NFPA 75 provides guidance for fire protection and business continuity.
Mark Conroy


Just Ask
NFPA 10 and its requirements for portable fire extinguishers.
Mark Conroy
Mail Call
Letters to the editor
Recent research and its impact on detection
Wayne D. Moore, P.E.
There’s no time like now
Judy Comoletti
Power failure leads to fire loss
Kenneth Tremblay
Implementing a research agenda for hydrogen infrastructure safety
Kathleen Almand, P.E.
First Word
Fireworks: We are sticking to our position
Jim Shannon
Section News
Section News is now Section Forum
John Nicholson
Heads Up
A trapeze act: Moving standards with the marketplace
Russell P. Fleming, P.E.
Structural Ops
Chief’s aide
Russ Sanders and Ben Klaene
In Compliance
Supervision of fire protection systems
Chip Carson