Top Fire/Life-Safety Forum to Hit Beantown

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To be sure, a highlight each year at the NFPA Conference & Expo is the wealth of products, technologies and services displayed on the show floor. There will be thousands of wares from more than 340 exhibiting vendors, including annunciators, communications equipment, fire and smoke detectors, electronics, notification equipment, security systems, outdoor perimeter protection, remote monitoring equipment, alarm controls and more.

Visitors utilize the expo in multifaceted ways, such as to find answers to code questions and interpretations, discover solutions to technical challenges, develop specs for a current project and other benefits. Also on the show floor, the “NFPA C&E Exhibitor Presentation Theater” provides additional learning ground for new and proven products directly from developers. Thirty-minute presentations, given by exhibiting suppliers, will run during expo hours.

“Attendees can network with both NFPA technical staff and thousands of industry professionals,” Holden says. “Most importantly, the conference and expo allows people to stay current with technological advancements.”

Other featured activities during the conference include the general session (June 12, 1-3 p.m.). Here, NFPA President and CEO James Shannon will give a state of the industry-styled presentation. Thomas Jaeger, chair of the NFPA Board of Directors, will also address the gathering. Then, Dan Gilbert, a professor of psychology at Harvard University and author of Stumbling on Happiness, will provide the keynote address. There will be a book signing in the Expo Hall at 3:30 p.m. after his speech.

To better organize the litany of educational and other conference goings-on, attendees can create a customized schedule by adding a free mobile app to their smartphones. Functionality includes searching and adding preferred conference sessions and exhibits. To download, search NFPA C&E on the iTunes App Store, Android Market or Blackberry App World.

Rodney Bosch is Managing Editor of SECURITY SALES & INTEGRATION. He can be contacted at (310) 533-2426.

NFPA Conference Tracks at a Glance

The following 12 educational tracks include more than 125 sessions.

Building & Life Safety — Technologies, best practices and statistical data needed by designers, engineers, and building and fire officials responsible for plans review, inspections, and other building-related tasks.

Codes & Standards — Expert guidance on the practical application of NFPA codes and standards, as well as information on recent updates and changes.

Detection & Notification — Code requirements and design issues affecting the application of new technologies in alarm and signaling systems, and the impact of maintenance on systems performance.

Electrical — Best practices in the electrical industry and how they are influenced by new electrical design issues, successful maintenance programs, effective inspection techniqu
es, and safety programs.

Emergency Preparedness/Business Continuity — The latest methodologies for accurately assessing risks and consequences, emergency preparedness, contingency planning, and incident management and recovery capabilities.

Fire & Emergency Services — A look at what’s new in fire-fighting technology, safety and preparedness for first responders, incident command strategies, and fire prevention and inspection techniques.

Fire Protection Engineering — Ideas for meeting fire protection challenges using computer modeling, field testing, post-incident analyses, and other methods for developing performance-based building solutions.

Fire Suppression — The importance of proper design, installation, inspection, testing, maintenance, and plans review of sprinkler system effectiveness.

Green — How environmentally-friendly initiatives affect the design, maintenance, and testing of fire and life safety systems and components.

Loss Control/Prevention — Strategies for mitigating risk through accurate assessment of occupancy and commodity classification, enhanced reliability of fire protection systems, and other risk factors.

Public Education — New planning strategies and creative solutions for meeting the challenges of effective public fire and life-safety education.

Research — The latest research on critical fire and life-safety initiatives, including the reliability of emerging technologies.


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About the Author


Although Bosch’s name is quite familiar to those in the security industry, his previous experience has been in daily newspaper journalism. Prior to joining SECURITY SALES & INTEGRATION in 2006, he spent 15 years with the Los Angeles Times, where he performed a wide assortment of editorial responsibilities, including feature and metro department assignments as well as content producing for Bosch is a graduate of California State University, Fresno with a degree in Mass Communication & Journalism. In 2007, he successfully completed the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association’s National Training School coursework to become a Certified Level I Alarm Technician.

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