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September/October 2019

In this issue, NFPA Journal details the challenges of responding to fires on large marine vessels and the threats such incidents can pose to nearby communities; how designers in Washington, DC, transformed a historic cold storage facility into a state-of-the-art museum; and fire and life safety in schools in the age of active shooters. PLUS: The 2018 NFPA Catastrophic Multiple Death Fires and Fire Loss reports.


Marine Vessel Fires

Safety experts worry not enough fire departments are prepared to fight fires on large marine vessels—and those vessels are often docked dangerously close to shore

2018 Fire Loss in the United States report

More than 1.3 million fires were reported by fire departments in the US in 2018, resulting in an estimated 3,655 civilian deaths and 15,200 injuries

Old Book, New Museum

How designers transformed a historic cold storage warehouse into the state-of-the-art Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC

2018 Catastrophic Multiple-Death Fires Report

Last year, over 200 people died in 29 catastrophic multiple-death fires, including the deadliest wildfire in California history

In Compliance


Fire alarm systems and the Internet of Things

NFPA 101

NFPA 1, NFPA 101, and valet trash collection services


Electrical safety for a non-electrical audience


Monitoring the status of a sprinkler system


First Responder

For responders, community risk reduction starts with being visible in the neighborhoods they serve

Research: From Paupers to Kings

What should we do with all the new electrical data we have?

Outreach: Great Escapes

Fire Prevention Week 2019 highlights the importance of home fire escape plans

Wildfire: Weak Links

Can we stop neglecting the NFPA Fire & Life Safety Ecosystem and prevent wildfire losses?


First Word

NFPA President Jim Pauley on the challenge of maintaining relevance in a changing world

Perspectives: The First 12 Minutes

How one emergency manager teaches the public to stay safe during active shooter events


Feedback from the NFPA Journal audience

News + Analysis

Dispatches: School Spirit

A campus fire marshal reflects on the challenges of protecting one of the country's biggest colleges


Fire incidents from across the country

Looking Back

Detroit's Study Club fire of 1929 killed 22 people