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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!


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Ever have the urge to share your expertise with those attending the annual NFPA Conference and Expo?  At the IFPS Business Meeting, Tuesday, June 23, at 12:30 - 2:00 pm, the IFPS Board members will be highlighting the Call for Presentations for next year's C&E, June 13 - 16, 2016 in Las Vegas.  The IFPS works with NFPA to sponsor proposed sessions each year during the submittal process.  So, if you are an IFPS member attending C&E this year in Chicago and wonder what it takes to propose a session, come to the Business meeting in Room N227b on Tuesday or stop by the IFPS booth at the Expo, number 380, and speak with the Board members and Section members who will be looking for next year's hot topics as education sessions. . The deadline for proposed presentations is September 14, 2015.  The form for submitting a proposed session will be available on the NFPA web site following this year's C&E.

IFPS.gifAre you a member of the NFPA Industrial Fire Protection Section (IFPS)?  Are you interested in industrial fire protection?  If so, then join us at the IFPS Business Meeting, Tuesday, June 23, from 12:30 - 2:00 pm in Room N227b.  Hear from the Board and other members about the various activities in support of industrial fire protection.  The agenda includes the following items:


  1. Recognition for members of the Illiana Chapter
  2. Award ceremony for the IFPS Fire Prevention Week winners
  3. Review of items from June 21 Board meeting
  4. Election of Board Officers and Directors
  5. Challenges in Storage, Fire Control and Suppression - Matt Klaus, NFPA
  6. Update on Hazardous Chemicals/Materials Storage, Handling and Use topics - Guy Colonna, NFPA


So, if you are a member, or if you are looking to collaborate with fire safety professionals whose focus is on industrial occupancies and processes, consider joining us for the meeting.  Lunch is provided, and the meeting provides a great opportunity to network with like-minded professionals while you hear about the work the Section accomplishes each year in support of NFPA's mission and vision.  I will be there - will you?


For more information about the Section, you also can check out the Section Booth, 380, at the Expo and speak with Board members to learn how to join the over 3700 IFPS members.