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A primer on how NFPA standards are developed and revised, and by whom (Tue, 26 Oct 2021)
NFPA standards are developed through an open-consensus process in which anyone (except NFPA staff) can participate. We receive lots of questions about how this time-tested process works from individuals who are not familiar with it as well as from those that are involved in some aspect of it. In answer to these questions, here is a broad overview of how NFPA standards are developed and the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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How are NFPA Standards Keeping Pace with Innovation? (Tue, 26 Oct 2021)
As we begin to wind down National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, I’m going to cover some of the ways that NFPA codes and standards are addressing digital transformation and the byproduct of these solutions – the data that is being captured and generated. These days, more and more fire protection systems are networked to Building Control Systems - the Internet of Things (IoT). These and many other... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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Attention students and faculty: Research Foundation student projects are now available (Mon, 25 Oct 2021)
The Fire Protection Research Foundation (FPRF), the research affiliate of NFPA, has an ongoing Student Project Initiative, with a goal to expose students to real-world projects while addressing timely issues of the fire protection and safety community. This is an announcement about FPRF’s available student projects for 2021. If there is a student (or a group of students) at an institution who is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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NFPA debuts free online drone training and knowledge base for fire service administrators and operators (Sun, 24 Oct 2021)
In as much as it is cool to utilize drones during fire prevention and emergency response efforts, it is not advisable to do so without proper understanding of best practices, protocols, and an understanding of the guidance found within NFPA 2400, Standard for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) Used for Public Safety Operations. To help first responders effectively deploy drones during... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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Guide to Fire Alarm Basics – Power Supplies (Sun, 24 Oct 2021)
A fire alarm system is a crucial part of the overall fire protection and life safety strategy of a building. A fire alarm system serves many functions and the differences between the functions can be a bit confusing, so I created a visual guide to fire alarm basics. The objective of this blog series is to discuss some of the major components and functions of a fire alarm system. For an overview... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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An Open Letter to the Electrical Inspection Community (Thu, 21 Oct 2021)
Many of you in this community are aware of the recent announcement by IAEI (International Association of Electrical Inspectors) to create a partnership/alliance with the ICC (International Code Council). Since making that announcement, NFPA has received numerous questions and inquiries from stakeholders in the electrical inspection arena as to what that means for the long-time relationship... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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