NFPA's got a tremendously diverse membership and audience, and even with our annual amazing Conference & Expo, we just can't cover everything for everyone in one event. Hanging out at the Firewise Communities booth this week made me feel a little bit lonely among all the manufacturers and equipment vendors, but these great big signs warmed my heart. Yay for NFPA for highlighting the upcoming educational and networking opportunities at this fall's Backyards & Beyond wildfire safety education conference, and next spring's Mexico Fire Expo (as well as next June's C&E in Las Vegas of course!).
Marty Ahrens addresses this question in her Wednesday presention at 9:30-10:30 in room S405a. Come by to get the answers and also get an overview of the discussions on current practices and proposed future changes that were talked about at the 2014 workshop on "Today and Tomorrow's Fire Data".
At this morning's Automatic Fire Alarm Association, Lee F. Richardson, Senior Electrical Engineer (Retired) was given the AFAA's
Larry Neibauer Lifetime Achievement award for his outstanding work on the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code. The award was named after a former president of the association. Jim Pauley, NFPA president and CEO accepted the award on Lee's behalf.
Congratulations, Lee! I was proud to have you as a colleague and I am proud to call you my firend!
Thank you for attending the session on changes to the 2016 edition of NFPA 80, Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives and NFPA 105, Standard for Smoke Door Assemblies and Other Opening Protectives.
During the presentation, I received a great question regarding fire damper inspection. In summary, NFPA 80 and NFPA 105 include new, and very helpful language in the 2016 editions that address in more detail the requirements for acceptance testing and the specific steps and procedures required during a periodic test. This guidance was much needed in the standard to assist those conducting damper inspections and provide for consistency and safety during the inspections. I would encourage everyone to take a look (for free!) at the 2016 edition of the document once it is posted to the document information pages.
If you are an NFPA member of code official, please take advantage of our technical questions service. You may submit your code interpretation questions online at www.nfpa.org/80techques or www.nfpa.org/105, or by calling our customer service line at 1-800-344-3555, Option 1 during the hours of 9:00 am- 5:00 pm ET and I would be happy to assist you with your questions.
Thank you for attending the presentation and I look forward to hearing from you in the future!
DESTINATION INFORMATION. At last week’s ASTM International meetings in Anaheim, our hotel was equipped with a destination elevator. If you are not familiar with this concept, the elevator system has a keypad at each landing and you enter the floor-your destination- that you wish to travel to. Even after 3 days, I invariably entered the elevator car and turned slightly to hit the button for my floor and of course there is no button.
On Monday, we heard Jim Pauley announce some new ideas for NFPA. Just like the destination elevator car has to deliver the passengers to their floor safely and efficiently, NFPA will continue to deliver information and knowledge about safety to our stakeholders efficiently using new tools like NFPA Xchange. This is our platform to see what is of interest, share ideas and to have some directed conversations about those topics. Our traditional “button” might not be there but we now have some new ways to get to our destination. Between the exhibits, presentations and networking opportunities this week coupled with NFPA Xchange and the myriad resources offered by NFPA, be sure to take advantage of those opportunities not only while in Chicago, but especially when you get home.
Come join me on Wednesday, June 24 at 9:30 a.m. for an educational session that I am co-presenting in Room S501 at McCormick Place during the NFPA Conference & Expo. The session is titled When the Circus Comes to Town and focuses on the challenges of taking a circus show to cities around the world. Fire and life safety codes and AHJs vary from venue to venue. Attend this session to learn how even the most exacting of operational standards need to be adjusted to earn the local AHJ’s approval.
A travelling circus sets up shop in many different venues each year.
NFPA is able to offer CEU’s to attendees of the C&E educational sessions. The learning objectives for this session include:
Identify base line protection methods that should be utilized for any circus activity in a tent.
Identify the concerns that AHJs should have with the flammability of tent materials and contents.
Explain special considerations that should be provided in circus tents for patrons with disabilities.
Identify features that make for more efficient emergency egress from circus tents.
As I was outside heading for the lake on my morning's attempt at exercise, I came upon Soldier Field. I was at Soldier Field watching the Chicago Bears as a child in the early 60's. I lived north of the city near the naval recruit training center in Great Lakes, IL 3 times over about 12 years - that's because my father was in the Navy and stationed there in between tours afloat. So, I remember Soldier Field (it looks a bit different today) and I remember only day games at Wrigley Field and Ernie Banks saying, "Let's play two." I also remember old Comiskey Park for the Chisox. But what struck me this morning was the words on the stadium and they reminded me of yesterday's keynote presenters, especially Ken Harbaugh with Team Rubicon. My photo this morning reminds us about one of the points he made. The last time I left Chicago, was due to my father's orders to Vietnam; and like Ken's comments, the unpopular war in America, made it hard for the military to be recognized other than with ridicule. So, as we begin Day 2 at the 2015 NFPA C&E, keep in mind as you attend educational sessions and learn new things or network with the vendors at the Expo, the vast resources represented here all for a common goal - eliminating the global threat from fire, electrical and related hazards. Think how each of the presenters addressed the problem of identifying what resources are needed, where can they be obtained, and how can they be leveraged and applied to the problem. That's what the NFPA members and NFPA staff represent - resources. I look forward to meeting many more of you at today's session or at the Expo. I look forward to working with you as we address Jim Pauley's challenge to all of us in his remarks. If you haven't had the opportunity to answer his questions, please take a moment to do so or come speak with staff directly and we'll capture your responses to those two questions. Have a great day!
In his first official remarks to attendees at the NFPA Conference & Expo yesterday in Chicago, President Jim Pauley shared examples – historically, globally, and locally – of how NFPA and its members have been at the forefront of fire and life safety for nearly 120 years.
And as times changes, he said, with new safety challenges, NFPA needs to continually ask itself – Who are we? What do we do? How do we do it? And how can we have the greatest impact? Mr. Pauley described a long-range strategic planning effort that helped the association identify its “end point”.
“Through this process, we had lots of discussion of what we aspire to be, and our view of an ideal future state,” he said. He then unveiled the new NFPA vision:
“We are the leading global advocate for the elimination of death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards.”
Mr. Pauley stressed a few key phrases from the vision statement: “global advocate” – we want to be known around the world as the leading advocate to reduce loss; “elimination” – our vision is to get to zero loss, where no one dies or is injured by fire; and a focus that includes “economic loss”, not just death and property loss.
Mr. Pauley says as NFPA moves forward, the association needs continual feedback and input from members, customers, partners, and other constituents. He posed two questions -- if you've not already answered, we'd love to hear your thoughts:
Did you get to see NFPA Chair Ernest Grant's remarks during yesterday's General Session?
Mr. Grant, a burn nurse at UNC Chapel Burn Center, gave several examples of how the world is changing – and how the NFPA family around the globe must be ready to meet the challenges that come with rapid change. "Our job is to keep dangerous incidents from happening, said Mr. Grant. “That’s what NFPA is all about and what we have been doing. Each and every one of you in this room should be proud of your contribution to these accomplishments. But we should never rest on past success."
So -- how can working with NFPA be easier? Please answer in the comments section below!
Significant changes were made to the requirements for ammonium nitrate storage, handling and use in NFPA 400 after the West, Texas explosion. NFPA 400-2016 was published this past week and can be viewed at www.nfpa.org/400. The new standard is already being referenced by key government agencies such as EPA, OSHA and ATF. Come hear committee experts explain the changes to code and the background for these changes this morning at 11 AM-12:30 PM in room S404bc. See you there!
Prepared for the next evacuation? Have you considered the needs of everyone in your community? Whether your 'community' is a single floor, an entire building, a city, a county, or your whole state...20% of the population have disabilities, 12.8% are elderly, 20.2% are children under 14. That's more than 50% of your community who'll need help evacuating. Still think you're prepared?