NFPA Journal cover for July August 2017
July/August 2017 Assembly Occupancies

In this issue, NFPA Journal looks at the many challenges that public safety officials in rural areas face—from a shrinking pool of volunteer firefighters to dwindling resources for public outreach—and what NFPA is doing to help. PLUS: the age of public safety drones may have finally arrived; the 2016 U.S. Firefighter Fatality report; emergency evacuation elevators; a new NFPA active shooter standard, and much more.


The Rural Fire Problem

As populations and resources shrink, demographics shift, and volunteer fire departments struggle to staff their firehouses, rural America looks for answers to stem its growing fire concerns. Can NFPA help?

Firefighter Fatalities

Sixty-nine firefighters died in the line of duty last year in the United States. The largest share of deaths occurred while responding to or returning from alarms, not at the fire scene.


Confusing regulations and a lack of guidance have thus far stymied the widespread use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in public safety. But all of that is beginning to change, aided in part by NFPA’s new UAS standard. Are we at the dawn of a new era?

Emergency Alarms

Dizzying lights, loud music, and a variety of visual effects make today’s shows and concerts more of a spectacle than ever before. Can the systems and procedures in place to alert occupants in an emergency compete?

In Compliance


Retrofitting voice evacuation into high-capacity assembly occupancies.

NFPA 101

It takes everyone’s efforts to recognize and remediate safety hazards.


Why the latest NEC® includes requirements on receptacles in meeting rooms.


Which NFPA sprinkler installation standard is best to use for townhouses?



2017’s Fire Prevention Week theme highlights why escape planning matters now more than ever.


Forging a strong bond between NFPA and the world’s fifth largest city.

Washington D.C.

In the regulation-averse climate of Trump-era Washington, how does NFPA make a case for code adoption?


There’s growing momentum behind addressing firefighter cancer.

First Responder

The special bond uniting veterans and the fire service is as strong as ever.


Structure fires and wildfires are both burning more aggressively—only one area has made moves to adapt.


First Word

NFPA President Jim Pauley on all the ways NFPA is listening.


In case of emergency use the elevator? New technology has some rethinking a longtime taboo.


Feedback from the NFPA Journal audience.

News + Analysis


An all-star NFPA committee crafts a new standard on active shooter response and preparation.


Fire Incidents from across the country.

Looking Back

The Fox Film Corporation vault fire of 1937.