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Fire Service Section Conference Sessions

Blog Post created by Kate Greene Employee on Apr 17, 2014

FireservicesectionlogoNFPA Membership provides you with many benefits.  One of them is access to Section Membership -- select an area that best fits your career (choose from 11 Sections) for access to trends, advance notice of changes in codes and standards, to connect with others like you and so much more.

The Fire Service Section stimulates awareness of the need for continually improving programs in management, training, and education within the profession, and encourages the development of improved fire suppression equipment, apparatus, and all related facilities.  Learn more about the Fire Service Section.

The Fire Service Section is sponsoring the following Conference sessions at NFPA Conference & Expo this year: 

Monday, June 9

M31 Creating the Roadmap for The Smart Fire Fighter of the Future
Casey Grant, Research Director, Fire Protection Research Foundation

The fire service and other emergency first responders are currently benefiting from enhanced-existing and newly-developed electronic technologies. Fire fighters are operating in an increasingly sensor-rich environment that is providing vast amounts of highly useful data. The "smart" fire fighters of the future are envisioned as being able to fully utilize this data to perform their jobs in a highly effective and efficient manner. This presentation will provide an interim report on efforts to develop a research roadmap to address the needs of tomorrow's smart fire fighter.

M43 Management of the Complex Fire Scene: Lessons Learned From the West Texas Explosion
Laurence Leavitt, Principal, McCoy Leavitt Laskey Donald Hoffmann, President, Safety Engineering Labs

This session will review Chapter 26 of NFPA 921 and address many of the challenges raised by the complex fire scene where multiple federal, state, and local entities, together with private parties, each have a legitimate interest in the fire scene. The explosion in West Texas will be referenced as a case study.

Tuesday, June 10

T08 Company Officer's Responsibility for Incident Safety
Steven Sawyer, Senior Fire Service Specialist, NFPA

This session will focus on the skills, knowledge, ability, and attitude of the first responding companies to active incidents before ICS may be set-up and fully functional and before a designated Incident Safety Officer is on scene and playing an active role in operational safety.

Wednesday, June 11

W08 Fire Modeling to Support Fireground Tactics Related to Flow Paths and Ventilation
Frederick Mowrer, Director, Cal Poly

UL and NIST have recently conducted more than 100 large-scale experiments to examine changes in the fire environment over time, the impact of ventilating ventilation-limited fires, and the implications of flow paths and ventilation on the effectiveness and safety of different suppression tactics. To extend the application of these experimental studies, fire modeling is being used to evaluate the impact of additional factors, such as alternative flow paths and ventilation, on fire conditions and fireground tactics. To calibrate the fire modeling, the FDS fire model is being used to simulate some of the large-scale fire experiments that conducted at UL. The FDS model is then being used to evaluate the impact of other factors on the expected fire conditions, with the purpose of providing reliable information for fireground tactics, training, and decision-making.

W46 Understanding the U.S. Fire Fighter Fatality Problem in 2013
Rita Fahy, Manager of Fire Databases and Systems, NFPA Kenneth Willette, Division Manager, Public Fire Protection, NFPA Thomas Hales, Senior Medical Epidemiologist, NIOSH, CDC

The results of NFPA's 2013 fire fighter fatality study will be presented, along with two or three multiyear analyses of specific aspects of fire fighter deaths, including a look at NIOSH's investigation of deaths related to cardiac and other medical issues. NFPA standards that address issues raised in the fatality study and NIOSH investigations will also be discussed.

W48 Community Risk Reduction (CRR) Through Use of Tte 16 Fire Fighter Life Safety Initiatives
Ronald Siarnicki, Executive Director, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation has partnered with Vision 20/20 to assess the current state of community risk reduction (CRR) by conducting a nationwide survey to determine how fire departments are using the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives to advance CRR. Based on the results, a model management program has been developed by 12 demonstration departments selected for their longstanding commitment to CRR. Strategies included the development of CRR-specific strategic goals that any fire department can adapt to local situations. This session will include a review of the national survey, presentation of resources from the demonstration departments, and a question-and-answer session. Special attention will be paid to the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives.

More About the Conference 

The Conference program has 25 case studies and more than 150 sessions overall. To navigate the program, there are 13 tracks and a new online session search tool that allows you to search sessions, speakers, tracks, and keywords for the Conference.

You may also be interested in a previous post regarding the new registration packages and the new Conference icons. Registration is required to attend the Conference and can be done online.

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