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JULY / AUGUST 2015 Assembly Occupancies

In this issue, NFPA Journal explores the world of drones, robots, and all manner of unmanned systems, and how the emerging technology can benefit first responders, emergency managers, and more. PLUS: NFPA's 2014 Firefighter Fatalities Report.


Rise of the Machines

Drones, robots, and the coming revolution in unmanned systems—and their potential for responders and emergency managers.

Exit Strategy

Ten tips for developing life safety floor plans as part of your assembly occupancy construction or renovation.

Fuel to the Fire

What AHJs need to know about solid-fuel cooking fires in commercial establishments, and suggestions for further research on related detection and suppression systems.

2014 Firefighter Fatalities

On-duty deaths fall sharply from the previous year, but sudden cardiac death continues to claim a major share of on-duty fatalities.

In Compliance


Addressing the challenges of fire alarms and PA systems in assembly occupancies.

NFPA 101

NFPA 101’s role in new construction and existing buildings.


TLC and the NEC: The role of maintenance in electrical safety.


Advice for handling sprinkler ‘shadow areas’ created by obstructions.


First Responder

New forum will address emerging issues for the fire service and first responders.


Providing the fire service with the information tools it needs.


A two-year old’s death underscores the need for home fire sprinklers.

Wildfire Watch

All dried up: Drought, wildfire, and the growing threat of structure fires in the WUI.



Comments from the NFPA Journal audience.

First Word

NFPA President Jim Pauley discusses NFPA’s new vision and mission.


New research analyzes information on cell phone use to estimate crowd size.

News + Analysis

In A Flash

The affordable home smoke alarm wins the inaugural Philip J. DiNenno Prize.


Fire incidents from across the country.

Looking Back

The 1903 Iroquois Theatre Fire.