NFPA Journal cover November December 2014
November / December 2014 Sprinklers and Alarms

In this issue, NFPA Journal explores the idea of smart firefighting and how New York City is harnessing big data to predict where a fire might strike next. PLUS: Meet a few of the passionate advocates who are working to make residential sprinkler requirements the law of the land.


2013 Large Loss Fires in the US

Last year, 21 fires in the United States resulted in losses of $10 million or more each, with the costliest, the Black Forest Fire in Colorado, accounting for $420.5 million.

In Pursuit of Smart

How can the fire service is use big data and technology to help it save lives, reduce property loss, and protect firefighters? In New York, the era of “smart firefighting” is already here.

Sprinkler Advocates

Meet four advocates who are outspoken, passionate and informed and joining forces to create a national movement to support home fire sprinklers.

US Firefighter Injuries in 2013

Nearly 66,000 firefighters were injured in the line of duty in 2013, according to NFPA’s Research Division—the fewest since NFPA began keeping track of the statistic back in 1981.

In Compliance


A free, read-only version of NFPA 72 online makes it easy to remain code compliant.

NFPA 101

How NFPA 101 and NFPA 13 work together to provide sprinkler protection in buildings.


Seven Reasons for a timely adoption of the 2014 NEC.


A recent series of tests yields important information for the protection of rack storage.


First Responder

Common Goals: NFPA’s role in firefighter certification.


How emerging research could impact new tactics for fighting residential fires.


How fire issues around the world challenge us, and connect us.

Wildfire Watch

In search of meaningful indicators of wildfire mitigation effectiveness.



Comments from the NFPA Journal audience.

First Word

NFPA President Jim Pauley says that applying data is critical to solving the multi-faceted problem of fire.


California State Fire Marshal talks about her state’s residential sprinkler requirements.

News + Analysis

In A Flash

Fire chiefs urge agency coordination to combat to use of fire as a weapon by terrorists.


Fire Incidents from across the country.

Looking Back

Remembering the disastrous 1999 Mont Blanc Tunnel fire in the French Alps.