NFPA Journal Podcast
Every second Tuesday of the month Jesse Roman, staff writer for NFPA Journal, and other experts will dive deep into the latest trends and issue in fire, electrical and life safety.

Jesse takes a break from his current story on liquid natural gas and the shale revolution to give a quick update live from the NFPA Journal newsroom.  Jesse will be back in March with a brand new podcast.  In the meantime, head over to to see a cool new member only exclusive.  NFPA Journal is releasing early access to the main IN COMPLIANCE article in XChange so you can get access before anyone else.  Be sure to get involved in the discussion section, ask questions or comments directly to the author or with other readers.  We plan on curating the discussion on the article and have the author address some of the conversation.

Direct download: February_Woes_Podcast_-_Edit_01.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:24pm EST

What do you do when protesters set fires all over your city, then sabotage your efforts to put them out? Imagine responding to a fire only to be shot at on the fireground. In today’s NFPA Journal Podcast we hear from Jeffrey Segal, assistant chief of the Baltimore Fire Department, and Matt LaVanchy of the Pattonville, Missouri Fire District near Ferguson, Missouri about their recent experiences dealing with extreme cases of civil unrest.

Direct download: Civil_Unrest_Podcast_-_Edit_04.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:10pm EST

Out of more than 63,000 wildland fires reported last year, specialized wildland firefighters responded to just 112, meaning local fire departments handled the rest. But there is little information about how well trained or capable municipal departments are to handle this job. 

In this podcast, Jesse sits down with NFPA Senior Research Analyst Hylton Haynes to discuss a new NFPA study that looks at how prepared local fire departments are to deal with the increasing number of wildfire calls they receive each year. Haynes and other NFPA researchers interviewed 46 high-ranking fire officials from urban and rural departments on a variety of topics related to wildfire operations to find out what’s working, and where the pain points are. Hear what they discovered in this interesting podcast. 

Direct download: Local_Wildfire_Podcast_-_Edit_01.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 6:00am EST

Ken Willette, Division Manager of Public Fire Protection for NFPA, sits down with Jesse to discuss how NFPA is engaging the fire service.  Ken talks about the change undergoing the fire service right now and where the future will be heading.  Jesse and Ken also discuss the Responder Forum, NFPA’s initiative to engage the emerging thought-leaders of the fire service with experts, analysts and researchers to tackle the upcoming opportunities and challenges.  Please subscribe to the NFPA Journal podcast and feel free to send in any topic ideas and/or guests to

Direct download: Responder_Forum_Podcast_-_Edit_01.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 5:00am EST

Bangladesh is second only to China in garment exports to the West, but unsafe conditions have plagued its factories where thousands of workers have died in preventable tragedies over the years. In response, a consortium of Western retailers founded The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety in 2013 as a way to improve fire and life safety for Bangladesh’s roughly 4 million garment workers. 

On today’s podcast, Jesse speaks with Randy Tucker, a board member on the Alliance, about the ongoing effort to improve factory safety. Jesse also speaks with Kathleen Almand, the vice president of Research at NFPA, who just returned from Bangladesh as part of an NFPA mission to help the Alliance assess the work that has been done so far. 

Direct download: Bangladash_Podcast_-_Edit_02.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 6:00am EST

Guy Colonna, NFPA’s division manager of Industrial and Chemical Engineering, sits down with Jesse Roman to discuss dust and current cultural events that are bringing the two together.  After an explosion at a dance party in Taiwan that resulted in over 10 deaths, public safety officials of events like “color runs” are looking into the dangers that can come with any dust.  Guy gives a great overview of dust in general and the dangers of it.  Later, Guy talks about the resources offered to public safety officials and organizers alike to keep everyone safe and sound.  

Direct download: Sept_Oct_-_Podcast_-_Edit_01.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 1:54pm EST

In Part III of NFPA Journal Podcast’s three-part suite on drones, robots and unmanned systems, Jesse speaks to Thomas Zajkowski, Flight Operations Manager at NextGen Air Transportation Center UAS Program at North Carolina State University. Thomas and NextGen did a series of wildfire related test with control wildland fire burn in Florida in 2012.  Wildfire is one of the most critical area that drones can assist firefighters.  Thomas talked with Jesse at the Unmanned Systems 2015 Conference in Atlanta, GA. 

Direct download: July_August_-_Drones_Podcast_03.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 2:26pm EST

In Part II of NFPA Journal Podcast’s three-part suite on drones, robots and unmanned systems, Jesse speaks to Helen Greiner, the co-founder of iRobot and the current CEO and founder of CyPhy Works, a manufacturer of consumer and military drones and robots. Greiner discusses the history of robots and drones, where we are now in the technological arc, the potential for these machines to become as ubiquitous in our society as smartphones, as well as how emergency responders are and will benefit from the use of these machines in the future.

Direct download: July_August_-_Drones_Podcast_02.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 4:36pm EST

In part one of NFPA Journal Podcast’s three-part suite on drones, robots and unmanned systems, Jesse speaks to Stephen McKeever, a professor of physics at Oklahoma State and the state’s secretary of science and technology, and Jamey Jacob, the head of the new Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) graduate degree program at Oklahoma State University.

UAS, more commonly known as drones, have shown great promise for helping first responders and public safety officials do their jobs more safely and efficiently. Oklahoma is at the forefront of drone technology for first responders. In addition to Oklahoma State’s drone degree program, the state is home to a test site, funded by the Department of Homeland Security, which specifically tests small drones for use by first responders. During the podcast we discuss the current regulations for public agencies flying drones, what applications these unmanned systems have for public safety and first responders, and what the future may hold. Will every fire department in the country have a drone in its figurative toolbox? Many people, including Jacob, think so. 

Direct download: NFPA_Journal_-_Drone_Podcast_Part_1.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 11:20am EST

Food trucks are on the rise with around 117,000 in operation around the United States.  In 2014 it was estimated that the food truck industry made over $850 million.  Some trucks operate using a 20-gallon tank of propane which is equivalent to 170 sticks of dynamite with its explosive capability.


Unfortunately tragedy struck in July 1st 2014 when a truck exploded killing two people and injuring ten.  Jesse Roman talked about the current environment for fire and life safety on food trucks with Jacqueline Wilmot, staff liaison for NFPA 96: Standard for Ventilation Control and Fire Protection of Commercial Cooking Operations.

Direct download: Jacquline_Wilmont_Food_Trucks_-_Podcast_-_May_June_2015.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 7:00am EST