The leaders of three new and innovative disaster relief organizations were the featured keynote speakers at the NFPA Conference & Expo in Chicago on Monday. As NFPA’s Jesse Roman captured in his blog post yesterday, Navy veteran Ken Harbaugh helped launch Team Rubicon after witnessing the difficulties of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans returning home and the apathy many in the public had toward them.
Team Rubicon today has about 30,000 highly trained veterans and first responders in its ranks. Harbaugh found that, with a little retraining, veterans—most of whom have a deep desire to continue to serve in some capacity—can repurpose their military skills to provide incredibly effective disaster relief. To date, Team Rubicon members have deployed on more than 90 missions around the world, including to the Philippines in the aftermath of historic Typhoon Hayian in 2013, providing aid, emergency rescue and medical services, cleanup, and much more.
VIDEO: Watch Ken Harbaugh’s presentation from the NFPA General Session on Monday, June 22.
At the conclusion of his remarks at today's General Session of the NFPA Conference & Expo, Chair Ernest Grant introduced a new video that demonstrated to attendees how together, we are making the world a safer place.
NFPA’s Public Education Network, comprised of representatives from states and provinces across North America, met in Chicago as a prelude to NFPA Conference and Expo.
The meeting is an opportunity to network, share ideas and hear about the latest resources and support from NFPA. Attendees got the first look at all the materials available for this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme – Hear the Beep Where You Sleep – Every Bedroom Needs Working Smoke Alarms. The theme centers around NFPA’s continued focus on increasing working smoke alarms in homes and is based on key facts from NFPA data.
Based on feedback from public educators, materials for the campaign include new activities for teachers, updated materials for kids and families and a great new music video touting the important role firefighters play in our communities.
Cast your vote! Choose your favorite rendition of the "The Star-Spangled Banner" to help us select this year’s National Anthem Singer at the 2015 NFPA Conference & Expo. Our contest began a few weeks back; since then we received many strong submissions and a panel of judges have narrowed it down to 4 amazing finalists.
The winner(s) will enjoy the privilege of leading us in the time-honored tradition during the Opening General Session of NFPA C&E in Chicago on Monday, June 22, 2015!
Good luck to all of our finalists!
NFPA President Jim Pauley promises some exciting changes to this year's Conference & Expo in Chicago. Watch the video above to hear his invitation for you to join us at this year's event from June 22-25 at McCormick Place.
Early bird registration is now open through May 8th! Also, be sure to spread the news about the Conference, and your attendance, by using this year's hashtag - #NFPAConf.
Next week Las Vegas will see an influx of countless professionals — from architects, engineers, contractors, and building managers to public and private fire service, enforcement agencies, insurers, and utilities. NFPA Conference & Expo opens on Monday, June 9th with educational conference sessions, hundreds of exhibitors and the NFPA Technical Meeting for codes and standards review. While at the expo, stop by the NFPA booth 857 and we'll get you set up for a video interview.
Are you planning on attending the 2014 Technical Meeting (Tech Session) and want a sneak peak at the upcoming changes? Recently NFPA’s Standards Administration hosted a webinar on the changes that will take place at this year’s Tech Session during the 2014 NFPA Conference and Expo.
If you missed the live event, don’t worry. It’s not too late to take advantage and watch! The topics covered include:
To prepare for this year's Tech Session, attendees are able to access a complete electronic version of the Tech Session Agenda and First and Second Draft Reports of the NFPA Standards that will be addressed at the Tech Session.
Since this year’s Tech Session will address standards that have been processed through the revised standards development process, you are also encouraged to attend the Standards Forum on Tuesday, June 10 at 1:30 p.m., where the new Tech Session process will be reviewed.
NFPA will be providing wireless internet access during the Tech Session so attendees have the option of downloading the agenda prior to or during the Tech Session. Other documentation such as First Draft Reports and Second Draft Reports can be viewed on the Next edition tab of each specific document information page. The links for the 12 specific NFPA Standards are listed below for your convenience.
The Tech Session is an important step in developing a complete record to assist the Standards Council in determining the degree of consensus achieved on proposed changes to NFPA documents. During this meeting, NFPA members are given an opportunity to vote on proposed changes and members of the public can voice their opinions on these actions.
The 2014 Tech Session will held on June 11-12 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Only NFPA members of record as of December 13, 2013 who are currently in good standing are eligible to vote.
Wednesday, June 11, starting at 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 12, starting at 8:00 a.m.
"This networking event on June 9, 2014 in Las Vegas brings together Canadians for a chance to connect on NFPA codes/standards along with the chance to discuss the challenges of working in fire protection and life safety industries"
--Shayne Mintz, Canadian Regional Director.
Click on the video invitation below:
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Cast your vote! Choose your favorite rendition of the "The Star-Spangled Banner" to help us select this year’s National Anthem Singer at the 2014 NFPA Conference & Expo. Our contest began a few weeks back; since then we received many strong submissions and a panel of judges have narrowed it down to 3 finalists.
The winner(s) will enjoy the privilege of leading us in the time-honored tradition during the Opening General Session of NFPA C&E in Las Vegas on Monday, June 9, 2014!
Good luck to all of our finalists!