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September/October 2018 Cultural, educational, and governmental occupancies

In this issue, NFPA Journal explores new threats facing college campuses, the debate on using inmates to fight wildfires in California, integrating modern fire and life safety features into historic architecture, and much more. Plus, the 2017 Fire Loss and Catastrophic Multiple-Death Fires in the United States reports.


Protecting Campus

With active shooter incidents on the rise across the U.S., colleges and universities are employing new strategies and tactics to prepare for the worst case scenario.

Restoring Order

A love for historic courthouses has driven numerous preservation efforts. Balancing desires to preserve historic charms with modern fire and life safety features can be tricky.

2017 Catastrophic Multiple Death Fire Report

A total of 150 people were killed in the country's 21 most severe loss-of-life fires in 2017. The California wildfires were the nation's deadliest.

2017 US Fire Loss Report

U.S. fire departments reported more than 1.3 million fires in 2017, which killed an estimated 3,400 civilians and injured nearly 15,000 more.

In Compliance


Balancing school fire safety with security in an age of active shooters and hostile events.

NFPA 101

Predicting occupant loads in modern-day office spaces.


Using the NEC, NFPA 70E, and NFPA 70B together to ensure safety.


Navigating the fire sprinkler requirements for office pods.



Fire Prevention Week 2018 stresses three key actions to help stay safe in modern home fires.


Recent parking garage fires prompt questions of whether our protection schemes are evolving fast enough.

First Responder

Going too far: The fine line between responder culture and bullying.


How NFPA documents are improving fire investigations around the world.

Safety Policy

New York’s public housing authority offers a lesson on what not to do if the goal is to keep residents safe.


How events like Wildfire Community Preparedness Day can lead to much bigger investments down the road.


First Word

NFPA President Jim Pauley on the innovative tools NFPA creates by listening to you.


After the shooting stops, recovery can take years. So why doesn't recovery planning get more attention? An expert weighs in.


Feedback from the NFPA Journal audience.

News + Analysis


California's inmate wildland firefighters spark debate, NFPA's CodeFinder tool, a deadly wildfire in Greece, and more.


Fire incidents from across the country.

Looking Back

The Northern Minnesota wildfires of 1918.