The mission of the international nonprofit NFPA, established in 1896, is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education.
The fire service and other
emergency first responders benefit from enhanced existing and
newly-developed electronic technologies for use with personal protective
equipment (PPE) ensembles. Protective ensembles used by emergency first responders
include or will soon include electronics such as communications, GPS and
tracking, environmental sensing, physiological sensing, and other components
now becoming practical solutions at emergency events.
During a presentation at the NFPA
Conference & Expo this morning here in Chicago, Casey Grant of
the Fire Protection Research Foundation, spoke about a study that looks at performance requirements
for emergency responder interoperable electronic equipment. He said that overall integration and
coordination of these electronic-based technologies on a broad scale is
lacking, and a standardized electronics integration platform/framework is
Casey said integration of components
with the emergency responder ensemble is required for managing weight, space,
heat, and power requirements, as well as to create the least interference and
burden to the equipment user.
In a few weeks, thousands of fire and life safety professionals will converge in Chicago for the 117th NFPA Conference & Expo. The week is jam-packed with the Association Technical Meeting, conference sessions, seminars, special presentations, business meetings, and the expo.
Take a moment to watch this video for a preview of what you can expect to see from Tyco Fire Protection Products. James Golinveaux, Senior Fellow, Water Suppression Products, Tyco Fire Protection Products discusses "Fire Suppression University" the Tyco Fire Protection Products Booth and shares why NFPA Conference & Expo is "second to none"!
Come visit us June 10-13 at the McCormick Convention Center in Chicago. There is still time to register for a free exhibit pass. Plus, NFPA Members receive 10% off registration packages for conference and seminars. Learn more at nfpa.org/conference.
Recently, we interviewed Daniel J. O'Connor, P.E., Chief Technical Officer at Aon Fire Protection Engineering. In this video, he previews the many activities and features that will be at NFPA Conference & Expo, June 10-13 in Chicago at the McCormick Convention Center. Take a moment to hear what's planned and where you can catch up with Aon Fire Protection Products at the show!
There is still time to register for a free exhibit pass. Plus, NFPA Members receive 10% off registration packages for conference and seminars. Aon Fire Protection Products is providing the USB memory sticks that hold the conference presentations. Learn more at nfpa.org/conference.
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Stop by the NFPA booth #471 on the exhibit hall floor and drop off a business card for a chance to win free passes to the following attractions:
At this year’s C&E you can get a small taste of what it is like to train like a fire fighter. NFPA is offering you the opportunity to spend the day at Chicago’s Robert J. Quinn Fire Academy.
You will start the day with a brief overview of how NFPA standards are applied within the fire service. After that (and after you sign the waivers holding NFPA harmless of course), you’ll don personal protective equipment and participate in several training evolutions. You won’t be entering burning buildings, but you will be advancing hose lines up a staircase, performing search and rescue, using extinguishers on flammable liquid fires, performing an exterior fire attack and getting an overview on fire apparatus. NFPA staff participated in a similar program at the Massachusetts Fire Academy. Check out this video to see what it is all about. If you're interested in joining NFPA for this unique opportunity register now, because space is limited.
Sparky made a special visit to the Boys & Girls club in North Las Vegas while in town for the NFPA Conference & Expo. Joined by a team of firefighters from the North Las Vegas Fire Department, the event featured the first public showing of his new Fire Prevention Week video, “Be Rabbit Ready: Know Two Ways Out,”which includes a lively music video. Judy Comoletti, NFPA’s division manager of public education and Sparky answered questions and emphasized important fire safety tips. The children danced to the music video and sang along before heading outside for show and tell with a fire truck.
Special thanks to the North Las Vegas Fire Department for teaming up with NFPA for this event.
NFPA's Chris Dubay, Vice President, Codes and Standards, and Chief Engineer, says if you're looking for the latest on codes and standards, the Conference & Expo is the place to be. See the list of codes and standards that will be presented for action at the Las Vegas meeting.