NFPA Conference & Expo 2018 to Be Hosted in Las Vegas

Keynote speakers at the NFPA conference’s general session include Keller Rinaudo, CEO and co-founder of Zipline, a drone delivery company focused on healthcare.

QUINCY, Mass. — The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) will host its annual Conference & Expo at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, June 11-14. Thousands of the industry’s leading professionals are expected to attend more than 110 educational sessions and special events addressing the latest issues, challenges and trends in the world of fire, electrical and life safety.

This year’s expo, featuring more than 350 exhibitors, will focus on technology’s role in our future and how it is reshaping our world, according to an announcement. “The Building of the Future” expo, a virtual reality simulation, will give attendees a glimpse into the future complete with smart building and vehicle electrification.

Keynote speakers at the conference’s general session include Keller Rinaudo, CEO and co-founder of Zipline, a drone delivery company focused on healthcare. Rinaudo will be speaking on the use of drones to deliver blood and save lives. Futurist Jim Carroll will share insights on the trends that will challenge us into the future, and what we must do to turn these trends into opportunities.

Notable presentations include:

  • Active Shooter / Hostile Event Response and NFPA 3000 (PS) Program: Lessons Learned and a New Standard: June 12, 11 a.m.

With an increase in gun-related incidents around the nation, a panel of experts will explain recent events that led to the creation of the NFPA 3000 (PS), Standard for an Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response (AHSER) Program. The session will include lessons learned from the specific events in which active shooters were involved, followed by a discussion that includes an overview of the content of the standard and the roles and responsibilities of those working to prevent future incidents.

  • Cannabis Growing and Fire Safety: The AHJ Perspective: June 11, 10 a.m.

As more states move toward the legalization of marijuana products, the need for safety grows larger. In the newly published NFPA 1, Fire Code, chapter 38 addresses the growing and processing of marijuana in buildings. In this roundtable discussion, representatives from Colorado, Washington, California and Massachusetts speak with the moderator from Massachusetts on their approaches to common challenges with growing and processing in a dynamic and interactive presentation.

  • Healthy In, Healthy Out – Best Practices for Reducing Exposure to Carcinogens: June 12, 9:30 a.m.

Cancer may never be eliminated from the fire service, but this session teaches steps that can be taken to reduce the number of firefighters being diagnosed and dying every year. Healthy In, Healthy Out will teach a comprehensive guide on the current best practices to reduce exposures to the carcinogens that firefighters face every day. Developed by members of the Washington State Council Fire Fighters and the Kent Fire Department, the session will address the five areas of the incident management system.

  • Fire and Life Safety for Large Festivals: June 13, 3:30 p.m.

With a mass of people in one vicinity, large festivals can be a risk when it comes to safety for attendees. In this session, a panel which includes the Fire Marshal for the Coachella and Stage Coach music festivals, key staff from the Burning Man festival, and experts in stage pyrotechnics and outdoor firework displays will share what’s involved in planning, inspecting, and resolving safety concerns. Additionally, the panel will address lessons learned from large festivals that can be applied to smaller events.

  • Fire Safety Challenges of Tall Wood Buildings Phase 2 Research Results: June 11, 8:30 a.m.

Following the Grenfell Tower fire, the question of fire safety challenges of tall wood buildings became the focus of research to quantify the contribution of cross-laminated timber (CLT) building elements in compartment fires. Attendees will hear the results of the research including literature reviews, experiments, and modeling that will enable designers to validate design equations and develop a fire protection strategy to mitigate the potential hazard to occupants, firefighters and property.

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