November/December issue of NFPA Journal covers major topics from a near-record-setting wildfire season, plus 2014 data on firefighter injuries and large loss fires

November 18, 2015 – The latest issue of NFPA Journal®, the official magazine for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), addresses takeaways from a historic wildfire season and fire official mitigation viewpoints, as well as fire sprinkler advocacy and 2014 reports on firefighter injuries and large loss fires.

The issue’s cover story, “Scorched Earth,” takes a close look at one of the worst wildfire seasons in recent memory. The story tackles six key points including possibly record-setting burned acreage, increasing fire suppression costs, the effects of destroyed rangelands on ranchers, and impacts in Alaska, California and Washington.

Also featured in this issue:

  • Local Focus – A new NFPA report details findings from wildfire mitigation interviews with high-ranking rural and urban fire officials across the country, presenting varying perspectives on prevention, fighting needs and tactics. 
  • U.S. Firefighter Injuries in 2014 – A detailed breakdown of last year’s firefighter injuries, including synopses of selected incidents. 63,350 firefighters were injured in the line of duty, the fewest since NFPA began analyzing this data in 1981.
  • Southern Comfort – An urban developer’s perspective on the costs versus rewards of installing fire sprinklers in residential development projects, with insight from his recent family housing project in South Carolina.
  • Large Loss Fire in the United States in 2014 – A close look at 25 large-loss fires in the U.S., defined as fires which cause greater than $10 million in damage. The 25 large-loss fires in 2014 are in line with the ten-year annual average and caused a total of almost $654.3 million.
Read the latest digital version of the November/December 2015 NFPA Journal with hyperlinked content from the print version. The NFPA Journal mobile app is available through the Apple App Store.

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