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P1010488Traffic was steady at NFPA's EV Safety Training Booth as the Expo opened on Sunday.

It’s that time of the year again: the 2011 NFPA Conference and Expo. Every year, we look forward to the chance to meet with industry professionals to provide the best educational event in the field and share our latest resources, trainings and tools for the fire protection industry. This year’s event – which runs from June 12-15 in Boston – will feature the latest information regarding our Electric Vehicle Safety FireTraining project.

Stop by Booth 1203 to speak with NFPA experts about our EV training program and find out how you can sign up for EV trainings beginning in July. 

And no conference is complete without some freebies! Mention the NFPA EV blog and receive a free t-shirt. Plus, there will also be additional information regarding EV safety available at the conference that you won’t want to miss.

EV Courses

On Sunday, June 12, from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM, catch Thomas Lichtenstein and Alfredo Ramirez from Underwriters Laboratories, Inc., as they discuss what you need to know about charging systems for electric vehicles. This will include information about charging system types, as well as certification and code requirements.

Next, you can catch up on what happened at last year’s U.S. National Electric Vehicle Safety Standards Summit. This report will be presented by Casey Grant of the Fire Protection Research Foundation on Monday, June 13th, from 4:15 PM to 5:15 PM. In this session, you’ll get the chance to hear about the important topics discussed at the Summit including battery technology, charging station interface, permitting and inspection and, of course, the vehicle features that require additional training from first responders. 

The NFPA Conference and Expo is the best opportunity to speak with industry experts, explore new technologies and address any challenges you may be facing. We cannot wait to meet with you and share what we have been working on. See you soon!

- Angela Burke

The uncertainty of fire loads as input data for calculating structural fire performance is a critical concern in the field of structural fire protection.  Accurate values are needed for this input criteria to better predict the performance of structures in fire. NFPA 557 is a newly proposed draft standard to provide methods and values for use in the determination of design basis fire loads.  This new report documents a project to validate the fire load survey methodology proposed in the NFPA 557 draft standard and to develop guidance on means to calibrate the results of fire load data surveys developed using various other methodologies.

Kate%20Green%2050x60(1) We've compiled a list of helpful tips that you'll want to remember as you make your final preparations for the conference.

  • It's not too late! Registration is still open: register now!
  • QR Download the new Conference & Expo mobile app for your smart phone for complete information about the event. You may download the mobile app from your favorite app store,, or scan the QR code.
  • Bring plenty of business cards. The NFPA Conference & Expo is a great opportunity to expand your personal and professional relationships.
  • Hear about the future improvements to the codes and standards process during session M40 - NFPA Standards Forum - Monday, June 13 at 2:00 pm.

Read more tips from NFPA's Kate Greene on our Conference & Expo blog.

Karen_Wallingford_50x60(1) The nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC),and NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative have teamed up with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) to award a fire chief for their outstanding local efforts to increase the installation of residential fire sprinkler systems. The “Bringing Safety Home” award will recognize a fire chief who uses HFSC’s educational materials and NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative resources as a key part of a program to educate and ensure that decision-makers have information to upgrade or pass new residential fire sprinkler legislation at the local level.

Read Karen Wallingford's entire blog post on NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog to learn more about the award and how to apply. Nominations are due July 29.

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