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JULY/AUGUST 2016 Assembly Occupancies

In the July/August issue, NFPA Journal takes a broad look at life safety in assembly occupancies, from subway platforms to giant outdoor music festivals. Our cover story, “Party On,” is an update on how the booming global festival industry is embracing the concept of “harm reduction,” a mix of safety, security, and medical efforts designed to complement the life safety evaluation required for large assembly events by NFPA 101, Life Safety Code. The issue also includes the 2015 firefighter fatalities report and much more.


Party On

The booming global festival industry takes on the challenge of life safety.

Tunnel Trouble

A spate of recent fire and smoke incidents in Washington D.C.’s Metro system highlights fire and life safety concerns in subways worldwide.


To achieve life safety compliance for its spectacle-packed touring productions, Cirque Du Soleil must execute a fine-tuned choreography with a host of local AHJs.

Firefighter Fatalities in the United States, 2015

A summary of the NFPA report on last year’s on-duty firefighter deaths nationwide. Plus, an update on behavioral health in the fire service, including firefighter suicide.

In Compliance


Considering the notification challenges in large assembly occupancies.

NFPA 101

Why clarity and precision are key when seeking NFPA technical support.


A look at the expanded ground-fault protections in the 2017 NEC.


To reuse, or not: Can sprinklers removed from a system be reattached?



Closing bedroom doors may actually open the door to improved fire safety.

Washington D.C.

The federal government looks to NFPA for expertise on energy storage systems.


Exterior facade fires are becoming a big international problem.


New hazards: Technology solves many problems, but can create others.

First Responder

The challenge of improving attack hoses for the fire service.

Wildfire Watch

The Fort McMurray fire highlights the need to build business continuity into wildfire planning.


First Word

NFPA President Jim Pauley discusses the progress made on NFPA’s new mission and vision, one year later.


The keeper of ‘The Secret List’ on firefighter safety, wisdom, and not doing dumb things.


Comments from the NFPA Journal audience.

News + Analysis

In A Flash

A new film documents the 1973 Up Stairs Lounge fire in New Orleans.


Fire incidents from across the country.