NASFM Message

Many of you have no doubt heard about the NASFM Foundation effort to develop a project to take an in-depth and technically sound look at building resiliency using live burns.  Our effort, Project FAIL-SAFE, will kick off with an invitation only, exploratory meeting in Arlington Heights on June 9th to explain the project and gauge overall interest and support.  There has been solid preliminary interest in this effort as we have discussed it over the past several years; we believe now is the time to advance it. 

We have reached the point where solid and verifiable data is needed to evaluate and determine the appropriate levels of active and passive fire protection features in our buildings and ultimately the codes that dictate their construction.  This subject has been debated for a decade or more, but until now it has failed to gain the necessary traction to bring it about. 

We are gathering stakeholders to support this multi-year project and are confident NASFM is the right organization to lead it.  We’ll see if those who operate in the arena of active and passive fire protection share our concern with building resiliency and ensuring adequate levels of protection are in place to protect the public and firefighters.  Stay tuned for more!     




Project Gains Support

Many of you are no doubt wondering about the outcome of the June 9th Project FAIL-SAFE meeting in Arlington Heights, IL.  We are pleased to announce that the exploratory meeting yielded exceptionally productive discussions from an incredibly diverse group of fire safety and industry experts.  The participants were enthusiastic about the need for research to determine the appropriate levels of integrated active and passive fire protection features in our buildings, and the ramifications of delaying the effort.

Based on the response to the exploratory meeting, a second meeting in late summer is planned to provide a comprehensive research plan and time-line, along with explanations of sponsorship opportunities.  Stay tuned! As details become available for the Summit meeting, they will be released here on the NASFM website.  In the meantime, if you would like more information, or to request participation in the Summit, please contact Jon Narva at 


NVFC Launches Fire Department Volunteer
Recruitment Portal

The NVFC (National Volunteer Fire Council) is excited to launch the department portal component of its new Make Me A Firefighter campaign to help departments recruit the next generation of volunteer first responders. The NVFC, with support from a SAFER grant, has invested in the development of this research-driven recruitment and retention campaign designed to reach a broader audience of interested individuals.

The online fire department portal is designed to help fire departments every step of the way in their recruitment and retention efforts, and it’s completely free for departments to participate. Most of the campaign will launch this summer, but it is important that departments register for the campaign now at and post their volunteer opportunities so that they will be ready when the public site launches August 1.

Please help get the word out to departments by distributing this press release to your members, subscribers, email lists, publications, web sites, and any other place you think would be beneficial. 

2014 Life Safety Achievement Awards

Each year NASFM Fire Research & Education Foundation and Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company present the Life Safety Achievement Award to fire departments across the United States, recognizing outstanding fire safety statistics and effective fire prevention programs during the preceding calendar year. This national award both honors and inspires our country’s fire departments in their fight to reduce fire fatalities through prevention education. 

For more information, and links to the online application, visit our News page.
All applications must be received by Friday, July 31, 2015

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