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NASFM Resolution on Classroom Door Security & Locking Hardware

Many schools and school districts have taken measures to ensure the safety of occupants in classrooms in the event of a threatening situation.  Some of the proposed or implemented solutions that specifically affect classroom doors may compromise aspects of life safety while attempting to address security. 
Recognizing this dilemma, NASFM members, while attending the NASFM Annual Conference in Nashville last week, approved a Resolution on Classroom Door Security & Locking Hardware.
Along with the resolution, a School Security Suggested Classroom Door Checklist is encouraged to be distributed broadly, with the goal of achieving awareness of the fire safety issues involved in classroom door security.

NASFM Resolution on Classroom Door Security & Locking Hardware

Classroom Door Security & Locking Hardware Checklist




Important votes on firefighter and public safety take place in October.

Your jurisdiction’s votes won’t count unless your eligible voters are reconfirmed before
Aug. 31
The International Code Council (ICC) is now updating codes affecting fire and building safety. As an ICC Member, your jurisdiction is entitled to designate four to 12 employees as voting representatives (depending on population). These designations expire annually.
If your voting status has not been renewed in 2015, you cannot vote on key safety issues, such as the proposal that would allow group homes to avoid installing fire sprinklers in many states.

IMPORTANT!!! cdpACCESS allows online voting for approximately two weeks after the code hearings. You can now vote even if you’re unable to attend the hearings in person.
Check your voting status TODAY at ICC’s Electronic Voter Validation Site.
Need help? Email ICC Membership Services or call (888) ICC-SAFE [422-7233] x 33804.

Video Pays Tribute to Injured Firefighters
"Proud" was recorded by George Shingleton following the tragic 2013 incidents in West TX, Houston, and Prescott, AZ. It is an official "Help the Good Guys" video, and George performed the song live at the 2013 NASFM Conference in Indianapolis.  

The official video can be seen at:

The song can also be downloaded from iTunes or from

Proceeds from the downloads will go to Help the Good Guys.

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. 

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Youth across the country are taking a stand against America’s #1 disaster threat: home fires. 

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