Meeting the needs of our international members and volunteers
Every year, thousands of fire, electrical and building safety professionals from the United States and around the world come together for the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) annual Conference and Expo (C & E). This year, C & E takes place at the Mandalay Convention Centre in Las Vegas, from the 9th to the 11th June.
Each year, we do our best to create a conference program that meets the needs of the fire protection and life safety industry. The 2014 educational program is no different and will offer more than 150 sessions in 13 educational tracks all aimed to provide attendees with the most current information. In response to the growing number of international attendees, this year’s program incorporates a number of informative sessions with a global perspective. These include:
- Adoption of performance based requirements for the use of elevators for emergency egress – lessons learned in Australia.
- Adoption and implementation of NFPA codes and standards in the Middle East.
- Fire protection in the ready-made garment industry in Bangladesh.
- Canada’s move toward mid-rise and tall wood buildings.
- Facing the fires of a meltdown lessons learned from Fukushima.
- Fire education in a multi-lingual community.
The conference program also offers two new tracks this year: “Health Care” and “Sustainability.” Green buildings, alternative energies and associated processes/technologies are at the centre of many discussions relating to the built environment worldwide. In addition, the changing healthcare landscape including the challenges facing those who design, develop and maintain healthcare facilities is a critical topic for individuals in property and lifesaving roles.
A session titled, A Mile from the Finish Line: When the Hospital Closest to the Boston Marathon Explosion had to Evacuate its Emergency Department, is one such example that caught my eye. The Boston Marathon bombings were a tragedy covered by the international media. The session will highlight the recent case study of the event, including insights and lessons learned. Explore the full conference program at www.nfpa.org/conference. I guarantee you will find many of the topics relevant to your own experiences back home. Make the time to join us in Las Vegas this year and share your personal and professional experiences with us.
In addition to the tremendous educational opportunities you will experience at the 2014 C & E, attendees can also take advantage of the opportunities to network and interact with the many global distributors and manufactures of fire protection equipment, and see demonstrations of the latest products/technology in the marketplace. Typically, new products are developed first, followed by changes in the code to regulate the installation and use of the product. The Conference and Expo is a great opportunity to gain insight on new products/technologies and understand the application of NFPA codes/standards with information regarding anticipated code revisions.
Make sure to also participate in the Association’s General Session. The President and the Chairman provide a year-in-review of the Association’s activities, and the role we play as a public service organization in the United States and around the world.
At NFPA we recognise the talent and efforts of our international constituents. That is why we do not want you to miss our international reception on Sunday, June 8th at the Luxor Hotel. This event is always popular and provides a great opportunity for our international colleagues to meet the NFPA “global staff” who participates in conferences and seminars around the world.
For more information about NFPA’s Conference and Expo visit www.nfpa.org/conference
This is a very special year for many of our international delegations as James M. Shannon concludes his career as president and CEO at NFPA. Mr. Shannon served as NFPA president since 2002 and for the last 12 years has personally welcomed and hosted international delegations at the Association’s Conference and Expo. As Mr. Shannon has always said, “The work of our members and volunteers is critical to our mission. The Conference and Expo is NFPA’s chance to thank the many volunteers from around the world for their commitment and enthusiasm for promoting fire and life safety and using NFPA’s codes and standards to keep their residents safer from fire and related hazards”.
For further information, go to www.nfpa.com