The Fire Sprinkler Initiative was present at the IAFF Redmond Symposium being held in Denver, CO, to raise firefighter awareness of home fire sprinklers, the concern regarding lightweight construction and the difference that fire sprinklers can make in protecting the safety of firefighters on the fireground. Other divisions within NFPA are also exhibiting and presenting at the symposium.
The IAFF John P. Redmond Symposium on the Occupational Health & Hazards of the Fire Service explores the causes of every IAFF member’s death, injury or illness to develop sustainable solutions to further protect the health and safety of the membership. “This year’s IAFF Redmond Symposium and Barbera EMS Conference reflects our commitment to ensure the survival of our members on the fireground and on EMS scenes with research, new programs, initiatives and tools," said IAFF general president Harold Schaitberger. IAFF fully supports the home fire sprinklers requirement and passed
a resolution documenting this support during its 2008 convention.
The Public Fire Protection Division is at the booth providing advisory services, answering questions and sharing information on fire and EMS health and safety codes. They also provided important NFPA updates during two presentations.
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One of the presentations by the Public Fire Protection group, Standards in Action, explained how to get involved in the NFPA code development process and how our standards impact fire and EMS health and safety. The second presentation shared information on[ NFPA 450 | http://www.nfpa.org/450]and NFPA 1917 and how they relate to increase occupational safety and health of emergency responders.
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