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November/December 2016

In this issue, NFPA Journal takes a look at NFPA’s bold push into a data analytics future and the data tools it is developing that may save lives and change the way fire professionals do their jobs. Plus: a new plan for civil unrest; controversy over NFPA 13R sprinkler systems; and NFPA reports on U.S. large-loss fires, and firefighter injuries, and more.


Big Data

A team of NFPA data scientists, backed by advanced computer systems, is tapping into a trove of fire data with the aim of saving lives and reshaping how fire professionals do their jobs.

Sprinkler Systems

Should an NFPA 13R sprinkler system extinguish a fire, or just slow it down enough to prevent death and injuries?

Large-Loss Fires 2015

With an estimated $1.5 billion in property loss, California’s Valley Fire was the costliest fire of 2015, continuing a recent trend of wildfires topping the list of largest losses.

U.S. Firefighter Injuries 2015

Last year saw a sharp jump in the number of exposures to hazardous conditions and a 7.5 percent overall increase in the number of firefighter injuries.

In Compliance


Good documentation is the key to increased fire alarm system reliability.

NFPA 101

A new way of addressing and fixing deficiencies in health care facilities.


How well does the NEC address the burgeoning marijuana industry?


Internal pipe assessments can be costly and time consuming. Is there an alternative?



What could be accomplished if fire prevention week lasted all year?

Washington D.C.

A new U.S. president and administration provide a key opportunity for NFPA.


There is much the world and NFPA can learn from each other.


Money talks: Why the fire service needs to quantify its impact.

First Responder

The work to engage first responders in NFPA’s safety initiatives continues.


Arson in the wildland is a destructive and under-recognized problem.


First Word

NFPA President Jim Pauley on bolstering enforcement professionals.


Discussing NFPA’s new standard on energy storage systems with researcher David Rosewater.

News + Analysis


Helping fire departments plan for and manage incidents of civil unrest.


Fire Incidents from across the country.