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.


  • Community Risk Reduction and COVID-19

    20/04/2020 Duración: 32min

    As the coronavirus pandemic kills scores, many of them part of vulnerable populations like the elderly, community risk reduction (CRR) efforts are taking center stage. In this episode, we hear from NFPA's CRR experts Karen Berard-Reed and Chelsea Rubadou on the community-wide implications of COVID-19 both now and into the future.

  • Crisis Standards of Care

    07/04/2020 Duración: 39min

    This week, the NFPA Journal Podcast looks at crisis standards of care (CSC). The coronavirus pandemic has forced first response agencies and health care workers across the world to alter their normal standards and protocols for operation in order to handle the huge surge in sick patients. We hear from experts on how CSC are developed, what the legal implications and challenges to employing them are, and some examples of how CSC are being used by EMS professionals, fire departments, and hospitals right now.

  • The COVID-19 Crisis in Europe

    31/03/2020 Duración: 46min

    This week, NFPA Journal editor Jesse Roman talks to Pieter Maes, a firefighter/EMT in Brussels, Belgium, about the extraordinary steps emergency responders in this European capitol are taking to prepare for the onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic. The crisis has forced Maes' department to find creative solutions to many difficult questions related to the COVID-19 outbreak—the same challenges departments across the world are now facing. To help, Maes has created a website,, where responders everywhere can submit various strategies for how they are handling aspects of the crisis. This crowd-sourced material includes instructions for how to 3D print face masks, sewing patterns for homemade masks, scientifically-backed strategies for effectively decontaminating equipment, and much more. 

  • The Impending Health Care Surge

    21/03/2020 Duración: 44min

    As the health care system in the United States braces for a surge in patients sickened by COVID-19, the NFPA Journal® Podcast speaks with experts on how this issue will be addressed, from the creation of mobile field hospitals to putting inspections on hold for codes like NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code, and NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®. Listen to an earlier podcast on responder safety during the coronavirus pandemic here:

  • Responder Safety in a Pandemic

    13/03/2020 Duración: 34min

    As the COVID-19 coronavirus sweeps the globe, the NFPA Journal Podcast speaks with leading first responder experts on the precautions they can take to stay safe, such as incorporating masks into their PPE.  Contact Angelo Verzoni at and Jesse Roman at 

  • Rural America's EMS Crisis

    21/02/2020 Duración: 21min

    Americans living in rural areas are statistically older, sicker, and poorer than the general population. Compounding those factors is a lack of access to health care. Now, many are at high risk of losing emergency medical services, too. This episode of the NFPA Journal® Podcast takes a deeper look into this crisis.    

  • International Hospital Fires

    07/01/2020 Duración: 19min

    The United States has eradicated hospital fire deaths. Why can't other countries? We're bringing you the NFPA Journal® podcast a week early this month and diving into the complicated topic of international hospital fires—why they keep occurring with alarming frequency and what's being done to address them.

  • The Worcester Cold Storage Fire

    11/11/2019 Duración: 10min

    As we near the 20th anniversary of the Worcester, Massachusetts, cold storage warehouse fire, which killed six firefighters on December 3, 1999, the NFPA Journal Podcast catches up with Matthew Foley, an NFPA research associate who has ties to the deadly blaze and who authored "After Effect"—the cover story of the November/December issue of NFPA Journal on the lasting impact of the fire. Email or with your thoughts on the NFPA Journal Podcast or to suggest episode ideas!

  • The Fire & Life Safety Ecosystem

    23/10/2019 Duración: 11min

    In this episode of the NFPA Journal® Podcast, we take a look at the NFPA Fire & Life Safety Ecosystem and how recent events in Brazil serve as prime examples of that concept. -- Have feedback on the podcast? Let us know! Email Angelo Verzoni at or Jesse Roman at    

  • San Antonio's Deem Center

    12/09/2019 Duración: 10min

    On May 17, 2017, 31-year-old San Antonio firefighter Scott Deem died while searching for victims inside a burning building. After the fire, department leaders in command that night began working to build an innovative new facility, the Deem Training Center, to drill San Antonio’s firefighters on “mayday” scenarios like the one that killed Deem. Since the facility opened in 2018, not only have crews improved in search and rescue performance, the work has also proved therapeutic for everyone involved.

  • Escape Room Safety

    13/08/2019 Duración: 24min

    Escape rooms are popping up everywhere. In 2014, there were only 22 escape rooms in the United States. Today, there are over 2,000. After a fire in an escape room killed five teenagers in Poland in January, many have asked, are they safe? NFPA Journal investigates that question in this episode.   

  • Social Monitoring During Disasters

    16/07/2019 Duración: 28min

    As disasters strike around the globe with greater frequency and severity, aid agencies are increasingly relying on a worldwide army of volunteers to listen to the digital chatter on social media emanating from communities in crisis. Learn how this “social monitoring” is helping response and recovery efforts become more effective. Jesse Roman, associate editor of NFPA Journal, shares insights from his reporting of the NFPA Journal article “Chasing the Chatter,” then reads the article, which was published in the July/August 2019 issue. Please rate and review on iTunes, and provide feedback to or

  • Fire Safety on Movie Sets

    14/05/2019 Duración: 14min

    NFPA Journal Podcast is back!!!  We're trying out a new format so please let us know what you think, send an email to After a deadly blaze on a movie set in New York City, experts stress the importance of fire safety on movie and TV sets.  In this NFPA Journal Podcast, Angelo Verzoni discusses what he learned in writing his article on movie set fire safety.  This article was created after a firefighter died on the film set of Motherless Brooklyn.   So again, please let us know what you think of this format,  And if you do like it, please share this podcast with a friend.  We are planning on releasing more episodes like this on a regularly scheduled basis so subscribe to get alerted when a new episode has been posted.

  • Saving Shantytowns

    01/11/2018 Duración: 16min

    About 1 billion people worldwide live in areas known as shantytowns, informal settlements, or slums, where fire is an ever-present threat. Last year, a project carried out in a shantytown in South Africa reduced fire deaths to zero using a single, simple piece of technology: smoke alarms.

  • The Airbnb Challenge

    23/07/2018 Duración: 11min

    As Airbnb and other short-term rental services expand to include a range of property types, regulatory challenges create uncertainty over the level of safety those spaces should provide. BY ANGELO VERZONI

  • Fire chiefs talk Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

    09/11/2017 Duración: 11min

    First Harvey. Then Irma. Then Maria. After three hurricanes pummeled the United States coast from late August through September, NFPA Journal's November/December issue includes interviews with several people who came face to face with all three storms. In this episode of the NFPA Journal Podcast, two of those people—Chief Samuel Peña of the Houston Fire Department and Chief David Downey of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue—share what changes they hope to bring to their departments moving forward.

  • Responding to Active Shooter Incidents - NFPA 3000

    01/08/2017 Duración: 18min

    Against a backdrop of active shooter events from coast to coast, NFPA began crafting its new standard on response and preparedness to active shooter and/or hostile events, NFPA 3000, in June. In this episode of the NFPA Journal Podcast, staff writer Angelo Verzoni talks with NFPA 3000 technical committee members about the need for the standard and what they hope to bring to the table in developing it.

  • Combating Firefighter Cancer in Boston

    05/07/2017 Duración: 21min

    Jesse Roman sits down with Boston's Fire Commissioner Joseph Finn to discuss how Boston became a leader in the effort to combat firefighter cancer.  

  • Riding the Tailboards - An NFPA 1500 oral history

    24/01/2017 Duración: 20min

    It might seem strange today, but firefighters dying from falling off fire trucks used to be a problem— from 1977 to 1987, an average of nearly four firefighters died each year from falling off of trucks. Today, the problem is virtually unheard of thanks in large part to the 1987 adoption of NFPA 1500, the first fire service occupational safety standard. In this episode of NFPA Journal Podcast, host Jesse Roman talks to fire service veterans who used to “ride the tailboard,” and learns how a few sentences in a big standard changed 200 years of tradition in the fire service and likely saved dozens of lives. Sorry for the long hiatus, the end of 2016 was kinda crazy for NFPA Journal with a special sprinkler edition, a brand new design and even a new writer, hi Angelo.  We plan on starting this back up and creating a new episode every month.  As always, feel free to email Jesse with topic ideas, thoughts on the pod and anything else.  Jesse can be reached at Thanks and stay safe!   Sound effects p

  • Life Safety at Cirque du Soleil

    12/07/2016 Duración: 11min

    With 19 different shows, in countries all over the world and in front of over 15 million patrons; making sure that every Cirque du Soleil show is up to code can seem like a herculean task.  On this episode Jesse Roman talks to the person in charge of that task, Jean-Francois Simard, International Code Advisor for Cirque.  Jesse and Jean-Francois discuss logistics, accommodating different authorities having jurisdiction and all the pain points he deals with on a day to day basis.  The interview comes from a meet up at the 2014 NFPA Conference and Expo. Be sure to share the podcast with friends and colleagues.  Email Jesse with any topics you’d like for us to cover on the podcast,

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