NFPA Journal - September/October 2013 - (Page 3)

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2013, VOL. 107, NO. 5 ® “ “While we generally advocate a single command structure, the reality of many of these events makes a strong case for a unified command consisting of police, fire, and emergency medical services.” —From “Strength in Numbers,” our special report on the fire service and mass-casualty shootings on page 52. COVER PHOTOGRAPHS: Shutterstock; NASA >>ONLINE Watch a video interview with Dr. John Hall on key findings from NFPA’s “Upholstered Furniture Flammability” report. Watch a video interview with Tracy Vecchiarelli, staff liason for NFPA 260 and NFPA 261, on why her committee supports openflame testing of furniture. 66 Watch a video of open-flame ignition source testing on furniture, conducted by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Watch an interview with NFPA division manager Robert Solomon on efforts to balance the needs of school security and non-fire threats with traditional life safety code requirements. Read the complete version of the NFPA report “Catastrophic Multiple-Death Fires in 2012.” Read the complete version of the NFPA report “Fire Loss in the United States During 2012.” >>features 46 COVER STORy: FuRNiTuRE FLAMMABiLiTy HOT SEAT The problem of home fires involving upholstered furniture has been on the radar for decades. So why is it seeing yet another flurry of attention? BY FRED DURSO, JR. Incidents in New York and Connecticut show why fire departments need to work with police and emergency medical services when responding to mass-casualty shootings. COMING TO NFPA INSIDER Mark your calendar for the “NFPA Insider” web presentation on September 26 at 2 p.m. For more information and to register, visit NFPA Journal Winner of two 2012 EXCEL Awards for editorial excellence from Association Media & Publishing In 2012, U.S. firefighters responded to 1,375,000 reported fires, 17 of which killed five or more people in homes. BY STEPHEN G. BADGER 52 SPECiAL REPORT FIRE SERVICE + ACTIVE SHOOTERS BY RUSS SANDERS + BEN KLAENE 58 NFPA REPORTS CATASTROPHIC MULTIPLE-DEATH FIRES IN 2012 66 NFPA REPORTS FIRE LOSS IN THE UNITED STATES DURING 2012 Last year, 2,855 civilian fire deaths were recorded, the fewest since 1977, according to NFPA’s Fire Analysis & Research Division. BY MICHAEL J. KARTER, JR. Copyright © 2013 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. NFPA JOURNAL SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2013 3

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of NFPA Journal - September/October 2013

NFPA Journal - September/October 2013
First Word
In a Flash
Heads Up
Structural Ops
In Compliance
Electrical Safety
Wildfire Watch
Cover Story: Furniture Flamability
Special Report
NFPA Reports
NFPA Reports
Fire Analysis + Research
Section Spotlight
What’s Hot
Looking Back

NFPA Journal - September/October 2013