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2014-02-25 16:30:24

ORLAND PARK, Ill., Feb. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Nearly 26 years since the Village of Long Grove enacted fire sprinkler requirements for new construction homes, Illinois now has 92 communities with such requirements. Many of those communities' officials attended a special meeting at Lewis University's Oak Brook campus this February. Local fire and building officials discussed their home fire sprinkler requirements and shared information about why those requirements play an important...

2014-02-19 08:25:12

WELLESLEY, Massachusetts, February 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Now in its 25th year, BCC Research [http://www.bccresearch.com ]'s annual Conference on Recent Advances in Flame Retardancy of Polymeric Materials [http://www.bccresearch.com/conference/flame ] is the premier industry event of its kind in the United States. In 2014 it will be held at the Sheraton Stamford Hotel in Stamford, Connecticut, from May 19-21. Geared specifically toward scientists and other technical...

2014-02-17 12:26:41

ORLAND PARK, Ill., Feb. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Condo owners of the 42-story high-rise at 2626 North Lakeview Avenue in Chicago recently instituted the city's first full smoking ban in a high-rise condominium building, effective since January 31. The motive for the ban comes from the unsprinklered high-rise's recent fire history: a double-fatal fire in January 2007, a fire in October 2012, and a fire causing injury to a resident in March 2013. Smoking materials caused at least two of...

2014-02-12 08:24:03

Funds to support wildfire risk reduction projects for communities BLOOMINGTON, Ill., Feb. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Nature is both beautiful and dangerous. As more and more people choose to live in and around the forests and grasslands of this country, the challenge of preparing communities for the devastation of wildfire becomes more complex. To help communities prepare residents for the possibility of a wildfire, State Farm® is providing funding to the National Fire Protection...

2014-01-21 08:20:47

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- With a declared drought and record high winter temperatures driving an early fire season in California, operators of fixed wing air tankers and water-dropping helicopters are moving aircraft and crews into Southern California at a nearly unprecedented time of the year. "This is probably the earliest start to the fire season in California that I have seen," said Larry Kelley, the Boise, Idaho-based Director of Fire Operations for CHI...

2014-01-11 23:00:03

Mr. Clouthier’s career spans more than 20 years focusing on loss prevention in the process industries. (PRWEB) January 12, 2014 Mr. Martin Clouthier joins Fauske & Associates, LLC (FAI) as a Senior Consulting Engineer serving Canada for testing and consulting services. Mr. Clouthier’s career spans more than 20 years focusing on loss prevention in the process industries. He has conducted hundreds of formal assessments aimed at identifying, quantifying and reducing the risk of major...

Veteran Firefighters Have ‘Enhanced Protection’ Against Heat Stress
2014-01-09 07:19:33

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Veteran firefighters are more adjusted to high-heat than their non-firefighting counterparts, according to a new study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. Researchers examined a group of older, physically active firefighters to determine that they actually could be more heat resilient than those who may  not ever have fought a fire. The study included physically active non-firefighters and...

2014-01-08 12:20:29

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- With a record-breaking year for low rainfall in California, aerial firefighters are on alert during what has historically been a post-fire season period for the drought-plagued state. Indicative of the seriousness of the extremely high fire danger right now, Rogers Helicopters received an exclusive use contract extension from the US Forest Service (USFS) for one of its Bell 212 helicopters, according to Robin Rogers, the...

2013-12-18 16:20:08

WASHINGTON, Dec. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Aerial firefighters have quickly deployed helicopters to California's scenic Big Sur coastline to contain a stubborn wildfire burning since Sunday, December 15 in the nearby Los Padres National Forest. The Pfeiffer Fire, which has destroyed over 550 acres and 15 homes, is happening during what is normally the close of the California fire season. "This is unusually late in the season for us to activate a helicopter to...

2013-12-17 23:22:04

With the increased risk of fires that comes with multi-unit buildings like apartments and hotels comes an increased discount in the fire prevention product, Fire Avert. Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) December 17, 2013 Ever since its invention, Fire Avert has been storming the nation, helping people in all walks of life to protect themselves from the number one cause of home fires and unattended kitchen fires. Fire Avert has recently expanded their retail presence by being sold now in various...