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23 October, 2017

A common thread between fires in US and Europe

By |October 23rd, 2017|

The American West Coast and the Iberian peninsula have both experience devastating wildfire seasons this year, with dozens of lives lost and billions of dollars worth of damage.  This brief article examines the natural phenomena driving this startling and deadly trend throughout the world.  Read more here.

Fires rage in California Wine Country

By |October 11th, 2017|

Multiple fires have raced across the tinder-dry landscape of California’s historic viticultural region, razing thousands of homes and killing at least 17.  According to the Washington Post, the death toll continues to rise as the devastation comes to light.  Drone footage above affected neighborhoods reveals the extent of the damage, and firefighters struggle to contain […]

15 September, 2017

CFPA-I General Assembly Elects New Officers

By |September 15th, 2017|

CFPA-I recently convened for their triennial General Assembly in Beijing, China.  Chairman Steven Ooi presided over the proceedings, which covered such matters as exterior cladding regulations, smart firefighting, and emerging opportunities for fire protection associations.

The General Assembly also undertook the election of new officers and board members.  The delegates elected Board Member Hatem Kheir, […]

17 August, 2017

House of Commons releases report on Grenfell Tower Fire

By |August 17th, 2017|

Following an intense inspection of regulations, response, and enforcement practices leading to the Grenfell Tower fire, the British House of Commons Library has released a report this month of its conclusions and recommendations moving forward.  Read the document in full.

CFPA-EU contends there is not a choice between fire and theft protection

By |August 14th, 2017|

CFPA-EU recently posted an excellent article discussing fire and theft security with Maiken Skriver Poulsen of the Danish Institute of Fire and Security Technology (DBI).  Ms. Poulsen explains that there need not be a choice between fire protection and theft security measures.  Read more of her recommendations at the CFPA-EU website.

NFPA publishes study of fixed firefighting systems in road tunnels

By |August 14th, 2017|

NFPA has recently published a report from researchers at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, which examines the effect of fixed firefighting systems on road tunnel safety, ventilation, and resiliency.  The study draws data from the United States, Japan, and Australia to compare the effects of these systems relative to more common passive […]

Fire damages famous Tokyo fish market

By |August 7th, 2017|

The Tsukiji fish market, one of the largest in the world and a landmark in bustling Tokyo, saw several shops damaged on August 3rd as fire swept through the outer stalls of the market.  Authorities have not pinpointed what sparked the blaze, and no injuries were reported.  BBC reports on the aftermath, as calls […]

Dubai Civil Defense fight blaze at The Marina Torch, second in two years

By |August 7th, 2017|

The Dubai Civil Defense were called to the Marina Torch apartment high rise on Friday, eerily similar to a fire two years ago.  In 2015, a fire thought to be started by a grill on a balcony led to the evacuation of the building, and a total loss of over 80 units.  Details are […]

Spanish and Australian researchers examine Mediterranean wildfires

By |August 2nd, 2017|

A team of researchers from University of Melbourne and the Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia share their recent wildfire research in an article for The Conversation.  Luke Kelly, Edward Plana Bach, and Marc Font Bernet examine the confluence of factors leading to this year’s massive blazes across Southwest Europe, one of the worst wildfire […]

22,000 evacuated from Barcelona music festival as flames engulf stage

By |August 2nd, 2017|

Safety protocols averted tragedy on Saturday, as officials ushered concert goers from the venue of Tomorrowland United to escape a large fire on the main stage.  Sky News reports on the blaze, which is still under investigation by Barcelona authorities.