NFPA Journal - May/June 2020 - 24

Dispatches Ecosystem Watch

THE ECOSYSTEM EXPLAINED

NFPA believes that fire, life, and electrical safety are only
possible when a safety ecosystem exists to create a culture
of best practices and stakeholder accountability. To that end,
the NFPA Fire & Life Safety Ecosystem is made up of eight key
elements: government responsibility, development and use
of current codes, referenced standards, investment in safety,
a skilled workforce, code compliance, preparedness and
emergency response, and an informed public. NFPA envisions
those components as cogs working together-when one cog
fails, the entire system can break down. The items below,
taken from recent news events, represent a survey of ecosystem successes and failures. For more on the NFPA Fire &
Life Safety Ecosystem, visit nfpa.org/ecosystem.

INFORMED
PUBLIC

GOVERNMENT
RESPONSIBILITY

'DANGEROUS' IDEA
A city commissioner in Miami
suggests first responders
"take one for the team"
and deliberately get infected
with COVID-19 to build
herd immunity to the virus.
It's a "dangerous but
bold" idea, he said.

SMALL BUT MIGHTY
Youngster Kolby Adams
becomes a local star in
Swartz Creek, Michigan, for
his video web series raising
awareness of the importance
of firefighters in the community. "Firefighters do a lot,"
the 7-year-old told the Swartz
Creek View. "They save lives,
they save animals."

ECOSYSTEM FAIL

GOVERNMENT
RESPONSIBILITY

ECOSYSTEM SUCCESS

FAKE NEWS FOLLY
A 27,000-member private
Facebook group of first responders is found to contain
thousands of comments
downplaying the coronavirus pandemic and, in some
cases, publicizing conspiracy theories suggesting the
virus is a hoax.

ECOSYSTEM FAIL

INFORMED
PUBLIC

PUP POWER
Sparky the Fire DogĀ® celebrates 69
years of promoting fire safety as part
of his birthday bash on March 18.
"Sparky is an emblem of fire safety
for kids and adults alike, and his
messages are just as relevant today
as they were nearly 70 years ago,"
says Lorraine Carli, vice president of
Outreach and Advocacy for NFPA.

ECOSYSTEM SUCCESS

CODE
COMPLIANCE

CITIZEN SLEUTHS
San Diego officials announce
sweeping changes to how the
city carries out code enforcement
activities, including establishing
a new way for the public to
report possible code violations
through a smartphone app.

ECOSYSTEM SUCCESS

SAFETY BAN
In February, the Arizona House
of Representatives votes 31-29
in favor of a ban against cities
and counties requiring fire
sprinklers in large restaurants and nightclubs, defying
recommendations from fire
departments across the state.

ECOSYSTEM FAIL

GETT Y IMAGES

PREPAREDNESS
AND EMERGENCY
RESPONSE

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