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SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2012, VOL. 106, NO. 5 ® COVER PHOTOGRAPH An inmate who survived the February 14 fire at the prison in Comayagua, Honduras, is pictured in the prison’s nursing area. The fire killed 361, and an unknown number were injured. AP/Wide World >>ONLINE ExcLusIvEs Some of the Journal content you’ll find only on the web: VIDEO Colorado Springs resident Dick Standaert talks about the key mitigation efforts that helped contain a section of the Waldo Canyon Fire. VIDEO Randy Royal, battalion chief of the Colorado Springs Fire Department, explains some of the lessons he and his fellow firefighters learned from the Waldo Canyon Fire. “ While Comayagua may be the deadliest prison fire ever recorded, it is not an isolated incident, either in Honduras or in Latin America. Six of the 10 deadliest prison fires worldwide in recent years occurred in Latin America. —From “Lessons of Comayagua,” this issue’s cover story starting on page 50. 50 SLIDESHOW A collection of images from inside the National Prison of Comayagua following a fire that killed 361. 50 COVER / iNSTiTuTiONAL OCCuPANCiES LESSONS OF COMAYAGUA In the aftermath of a prison fire in Honduras that killed 361 people, Journal looks at how NFPA codes can improve fire safety in prisons and many other occupancies throughout Latin America. BY JAIME A. MONCADA VIDEO Casey Grant, director of the Fire Prevention Research Foundation, offers a detailed look at one of the many recent research projects aimed at increasing firefighter safety. 68 NFPA REPORTS CATASTROPHIC MULTIPLE-DEATH FIRES IN 2011 Last year, 23 catastrophic multiple-death fires resulted in 114 fire deaths, including 16 children under age six. An unusually high proportion of fires began with explosions. BY STEPHEN G. BADGER VIDEO Judy Comoletti of NFPA’s Public Education Division provides a rundown of free Fire Prevention Week material for teachers and students. 60 WiLDLAND/uRBAN iNTERFACE AFTER WALDO CANYON The costliest wildfire in Colorado history was a serious test of local mitigation and preparedness efforts. How effective was the mitigation, and how can it be improved? BY FRED DURSO, JR. 76 NFPA REPORTS FIRE LOSS IN THE UNITED STATES IN 2011 Last year, U.S. fire departments responded to nearly 1.4 million fires, 4.4 percent more than the year before. BY MICHAEL J. KARTER, JR. COMING TO NFPA INSIDER Jaime Moncada, author of our cover story on Latin American prison fires, discusses the code implications of the issue as part of the “NFPA Insider” web presentation September 27. For info & to register, visit NFPA Journal Winner of two 2012 EXCEL Awards for editorial excellence from Association Media & Publishing Copyright © 2012 NFPA. All rights reserved. PRINTED IN USA. NFPA Journal (ISSN 1054-8793) is a membership magazine published bimonthly by NFPA, One Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02169-7471. NFPA annual dues: $165; this includes a $45 subscription to NFPA Journal. Periodicals postage rates paid at Boston, Massachusetts, and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to NFPA Journal, NFPA, P.O. Box 9101, Quincy, MA 02269-9101. All issues of NFPA Journal are available in microfilm from University Microfilms, International, 300 North Zeeb Road, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48106. SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2012 NFPA JOURNAL 3

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of NFPA Journal - September/October 2012

NFPA Journal - September/October 2012
First Word
Mail Call
In a Flash
Heads Up
Structural Ops
In Compliance
Electrical Safety
Wildfire Watch
Lessons of Comayagua
After Waldo Canyon
Catastrophic Multiple-Death Fires in 2011
Fire Loss in the United States in 2011
Section Spotlight
Research + Analysis
What’s Hot
Looking Back

NFPA Journal - September/October 2012