NFPA and FPRF to host webinars on fire safety and environmental protection

March 4, 2024

Webinars focus on firefighting foams and fire investigator safety

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Fire Protection Research Foundation (FPRF) have announced a series of upcoming webinars.

These webinars, presented by NFPA staff, FPRF staff, researchers, global partners, and industry experts, cover a range of topics in the fields of fire, electrical, wildfire, building, and life safety.

Upcoming webinar on firefighting foams to address health and environmental concerns

The first webinar, titled “Workshop Day 1 – Firefighting Foams: Fire Service Roadmap Health, Safety & Environmental Information,” is scheduled for Thursday, March 7, from 10 am to 2 pm ET.

This session will focus on Health, Safety, and Environmental Information, including international, US federal, and states regulatory updates on foam transition.

The webinar is a crucial part of an overarching project aimed at educating the fire service about current and expected future issues related to firefighting foam operations.

It will provide insights and best practices to assist fire departments during this transitional period in firefighting foam history.

Webinar to explore exposure mitigation strategies for fire investigators

Another significant webinar, “Effectiveness of Exposure Mitigation Strategies for Fire Investigators,” is set for Wednesday, March 27, from 12:30 to 2 pm ET.

This webinar will discuss the FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) project, which concentrates on understanding exposure mitigation strategies for fire investigators.

The project’s goal is to evaluate the effectiveness of personal protective equipment (PPE), post-fire skin-cleaning wipes, and on-scene decontamination methods in reducing exposure to toxic fireground contaminants during investigations.

FSJA Comment

The upcoming NFPA and FPRF webinars represent a proactive approach to addressing the evolving challenges in fire safety and environmental protection.

The session on firefighting foams is particularly timely, as the fire service community continues to navigate the complexities of foam transition.

The insights provided in these webinars can play a critical role in shaping future policies and practices, ensuring a safer and more environmentally conscious approach to firefighting.

Similarly, the webinar focusing on fire investigators highlights the importance of occupational safety in a field that is often exposed to hazardous conditions.

The findings from the FEMA AFG project could lead to more effective strategies for protecting fire investigators from harmful contaminants, ultimately contributing to their health and safety.

Overall, these webinars underscore the ongoing commitment of organizations like NFPA and FPRF to advancing knowledge and safety in the fire and life safety industry.

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