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NFPA Journal cover July August 2014
July / August 2014 Assembly Occupancies

In this issue we profile Jim Shannon, NFPA's outgoing president, and look at his legacy as the "digital president." PLUS: animal technical rescue, new concerns around interior finishes, Levi's Stadium, and more.


Firefighter fatalities

The deadly Yarnell Hill wildfire in Arizona as well as the fertilizer storage explosion in West, Texas contributed to a sharp increase in firefighter deaths across the nation.

Interior finishes

Interior finishes have contributed to some of the deadliest assembly occupancy fires on record, and new building products continue to raise concerns for fire and life safety officials.

Animal rescue

Rescuing animals was once a matter of guesswork. Not anymore. A new chapter in NFPA 1670 provides responders with much-needed guidance on conducting animal technical rescues.

Jim Shannon

As NFPA's "digital president", Jim Shannon recognized the potential of the Internet to build the organization and expand its influence around the world.

In Compliance


The reliable delivery of emergency messages in large assembly buildings.

NFPA 101

A closer look at the life safety tool box for large assembly occupancies.


Establishing the necessary level of electrical safety for swimming pools.


Determining the occupancy classification is key in a sprinkler system design.


First Responder

Why NFPA can, and should, develop codes outside the realm of fire.


Big questions in the gathering, analyzing, and use of fire loss information.


Washington and states take aim at improving first responder behavioral health.

Wildfire Watch

Up in the air: a more desirable viewpoint on national wildfire issues.


First Word

NFPA's incoming president on career, mission, and fire's impact on his life.


Paul Villotti discusses the life safety considerations of Levi's Stadium, the new home of the San Francisco 49ers.

News + Analysis

In A Flash

"Designing for Disaster" exhibit explores the efforts to protect people and property from the earth's deadly forces.


Fire incidents from across the country.

Looking Back

The spectacle of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair fire.