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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:


  1. What does NFPA as an information and knowledge organization mean to you?
  2. What can we do for you and with you to move us closer to our vision?


Read more from Mr. Pauley's presentation at General Session.


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!


Read more from Mr. Grant's remarks.

Emergency shelters are desperately needed, but tents just won't work. What's the solution? Your town's bee devastated by a tornado, but relief is nowhere to be found. What would you do? Money can flow and plans can be drawn, but who's going to actually do the work?


If you're here at NFPA's Conference & Expo in Chicago, don't miss our keynote address at General Session, which starts at 1:30 pm to hear unique perspectives from three speakers. They'll share stories about their own disaster relief efforts, programs, and plans. Here's your chance to learn from those who have "been there and done that".

Attend one of the more than 125 education sessions this week in Chicago and looking for speaker handouts? Look no further than our conference web site, where you can download dozens of presentations. (Available presentations are hyperlinked from the session title.) You can also access the papers on our conference mobile app.

We are also offering audio recordings of nearly all of the education sessions taking place this week in Chicago. Partnering with Fleetwood Multimedia, Inc., all onsite orders will be offered at a discount and include free shipping.

Are you staying at one of NFPA's official conference hotels for this week's Conference & Expo in Chicago? If so, avoid expensive taxis and stand-still traffic by jumping on a free shuttle bus. Here's the schedule (look for details in your hotel lobby):

  • Sunday: 6:30 am - 8:30 pm, every 30 minutes
  • Monday: 6:30 – 10:30 am, every 15 minutes; 10:30 am -  2:30 pm, every 30 minutes; 2:30 – 8:30 pm, every 15 minutes
  • Tuesday: 6:30 – 10:30 am, every 15 minutes; 10:30 am -  2:30 pm, every 30 minutes; 2:30 – 8:30 pm, every 15 minutes
  • Wednesday: 6:30 – 10:30 am, every 15 minutes; 10:30 am -  2:00 pm, every 30 minutes; 2:00 – 6:00 pm, every 15 minutes; 6:00 -  7:00 pm, every 30 minutes
  • Thursday: 7:00 am – 1:00 pm, every 30 minutes