Fire & Life Safety Section (FLSS) is a special interest section of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC). The VISION of the Fire and Life Safety Section is to create an environment in which:
-Deaths from structure fires are reduced to zero and property damage from structure fires is limited to the area of origin
-Firefighter deaths due to fire ground operations are reduced to zero
-The organizational culture of fire departments places a greater priority on fire prevention and life safety
-The public is clearly aware of the fire problem and their role in fire prevention
Join your IAFC Fire and Life Safety section leadership on some great industry presentations with leadership in the fire service and UL https://www.ul.com/events/meeting-challenges-future-built-environment
Join UL experts for our 2020 digital events on various topics surrounding the fire service and meeting the challenges of the modern built environment.
New report on ESS
NEW REPORT NOW AVAILABLE! Check out the "Four Firefighters Injured In Lithium-Ion Battery Energy Storage System Explosion - AZ” report here: https://s.ul.org/2P2jkww
UL FSRI is leading a new grant-funded project investigating fire incidents that result in firefighter line of duty injuries and near misses.
This report is a first-of-its-kind research effort for the team and details the 2019 deflagration incident that occured at a 2.16 MWh lithium-ion battery energy storage system (ESS) facility in Surprise, AZ. It provides a detailed technical account of the explosion and fire service response, along with recommendations on how to improve codes, standards, and emergency response training to better protect first responders, maintenance personnel and nearby communities.
We are extremely grateful to the Surprise Fire-Medical Department, Peoria Fire-Medical Department teams and Arizona Public Service - APS for providing information to support learning from this incident.
Project funded by the Department of Homeland Security/ FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency Assistance to Firefighters Grant program.
(Image provided by Peoria Fire-Medical Department)
Congratulations to our newest FLSS Board members
Assistant Chief/Fire Marshal Elizabeth Bednarcik, Gallatin (Tennessee) Fire Department
Deputy Fire Chief – Community Risk Reduction Joseph Powers, Charlottesville (Virginia) Fire Department
Happy Father’s Day everyone
Elections are now open for the section. You should receive an email from [email protected], make sure you get out and vote!
Are you ready to help share the message of home fire safety, and support Home Fire Sprinklers. Home Fire sprinkler week is next week and is all virtual! Lets make home fire sprinklers a trending topic Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition
Updated IAFC - International Association of Fire Chiefs Webinar Details on #covid19 https://www.iafc.org/events/event/2020/12/31/self-paced/weekly-webinar-iafc-covid-19-task-force-4-20-20 Make sure you dial in and give it a listen!
In this weekly COVID-19 webinar series, IAFC leadership, staff and other experts review the most critical information and updates impacting fire departments combating the pandemic on the front lines.
Thanks to the National Fire Sprinkler Association - NFSA they have opened up their online conference to all of us! Register now https://nfsa.org/annual-seminar/
We know every is busy with efforts on COVID19 but take a second and save the date four our next conference May 25-27 2021!
Some great information on COVID-19 released by the IAFC - International Association of Fire Chiefs today
Now is the time to start planning your Home Fire Safety Week programs. What a great chance to host the community and demonstrate the power of home fire sprinklers. From conducting side by side burns, to training for elected leaders or even a summit with your local contractors. Take 20 minutes today, to get your program on the calendar! Home Fire Sprinkler Week is May 17-23 2020
Great week working with Vision 20/20 this week. It is so inspiring to hear the great things so many are doing to make this world safer!
The power of home fires, a strong video which shoes the difference of closing your doors with working smoke alarms https://youtu.be/bSP03BE74WA
In a house fire, are you safer sleeping with your bedroom doors open or closed? See the dramatic, life-saving difference a door can make. #CloseBeforeYouDoze...
Board Members Robert Marshal, Howard Hopper and Michael O’Brian are representing the section today and tomorrow at the UL/IAFF meeting that is covering Tall Wood Buildings, Energy Storage Systems and Flammable Refrigerants. Lots of great discussion on large issues affect the fire service
Great to see!
Two state proclamations recognizing CRR Week from South Carolina and Colorado...48 more to go! What are you doing for #crrweek? IAFC Fire and Life Safety Section IAFC - International Association of Fire Chiefs U.S. Fire Administration National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) National Association of State Fire Marshals South Carolina State Fire Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control
Welcome to 2020!
Merry Christmas and happy Hanukkah to everyone! ￼
LAST CHANCE TO VOTE ON CRITICAL SAFETY ISSUES FOR 2021 CODES - DEADLINE FRIDAY, DEC. 5th AT MIDNIGHT
Last day to vote on ICC group B changes , our guide will help you get it don’t in under 15 minutes! https://www.evernote.com/l/AYyM_B-UHzlCsLE6dt1w__NYHu0v_ApVgy4
VOTE TODAY The 2021 editions of the ICC International codes are now in the final voting process, which involves online voting by code officials. Critical safety provisions are at risk of being exclude...
Congratulations to former Board Member Stephen Hrustich who has been named to replace Jim Crawford with Vision 20/20 Vision 20/20! Special thank you (there will be more) for all the hard work a Jimhas done over the years for community risk reduction
We are looking for a section member to represent the IAFC as part of the ICC Fire Service Membership council from the IAFC eastern division. If you are interested or need more information please send us a message
Board members, Michael OBrian, Adolf Zubia, Howard Hopper and Chair Andy King represented the section at the ICC Group B Code hearings, annual meeting and Fire Service Membership Council last week. Many great code changes that will work on the 2021 ICC codes.
Check it out
IAFC fall membership special: Join by December 13 and save. All ranks are invited to join. IAFC.org/join IAFC.org/leader IAFC - VCOS Section IAFC Fire and Life Safety Section Hazmat Fusion Center Company Officers Section - IAFC
Great to see this awarded
The Vision 20/20 Project has been awarded a FEMA 2-year grant to continue promoting the integration of CRR into the fire service. This includes a national symposium in February, ongoing training & education & working with high-risk states. More info at http://ow.ly/4o6T50wC3gI
Who’s ready for Fire Prevention week? What education events do you have ready to go? We would love to hear what your doing to educate the community!
Vice Chair Greg Rogers and International Director Michael O’Brian are representing the section today in Birmingham UK at the International CRR Summit. The summit was coordinated by Vision20/20 and the National Fire Chiefs Council. This picture was the artists capture of the first day highlights!
Great resource to share as the college students go back to school
If you are doing media during college move-in weekend, you might find this Information Sheet about college-related fatal fires from Campus Firewatch helpful. http://www.campus-firewatch.com/resources/current-fire-information/ #campusfiresafety U.S. Fire Administration National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) IAFC - International Association of Fire Chiefs IAFC Fire and Life Safety Section National Association of State Fire Marshals Congressional Fire Services Institute National Fire Sprinkler Association - NFSA American Fire Sprinkler Association First Alert
Such an important topic!
It is the 15th year of National Campus Fire Safety Month! 437 proclamations have been signed by the nation's Governors designating September as National Campus Fire Safety Month since the campaign started, including the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.
More importantly, fire deaths have dropped from a high of 20 to zero.
So far, 14 proclamations have come in this year. You can see the list and download your proclamation at http://ow.ly/AKWi50vJZZQ
U.S. Fire Administration National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) IAFC - International Association of Fire Chiefs IAFC Fire and Life Safety Section National Association of State Fire Marshals Congressional Fire Services Institute National Governors Association
Congratulations to Daniel Finnegan with the board for being awarded the ICC/IAFC Fire Safety Excellence Award. Dan serves on the board, although was awarded for his over 40 years of dedication to the fire service and his dedication to saving lives through his efforts on Code Development with the ICC/NFPA and so many other organizations such as AFAA, NEMA and many more. Thank you Chief Finnegan for your dedication to the fire service and those we serve!
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#FRI2019 is underway! Our annual meeting is in room B216 starting at 11 including lunch thanks to @Siemens! Come see us at room B216 on Friday!
Its sprinkler week, and here is the event at National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
In recognition of Home Fire Sprinkler Week, we are hosting a LIVE side-by-side burn demo with Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition on Wednesday, May 22. Seeing is believing. Get a closer look at the unrelenting power of fire and the lifesaving benefits of home fire sprinklers. Join us here at 10 a.m. EST to hear from fire leaders, life safety professionals, and see the burn demonstration.
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