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Jim Shannon In his opening remarks at the NFPA Conference & Expo, NFPA President Jim Shannon talked about the Association's advocacy campaign to require sprinklers in the construction of all new one- and two-family homes. Both NFPA and ICC codes have this sprinkler requirement. “The home builders lobby is doing everything it can to stop us and, as we all know, they have a lot of clout,” he said. "But we will persevere until we achieve national acceptance of residential sprinklers.” Read President Shannon's full remarks.

Thomas Jaeger NFPA Chair Thomas Jaeger talked about the launch of an aggressive strategic planning process conducted by the Board and NFPA staff, which has established a comprehensive roadmap for NFPA’s future. “The plan allows NFPA to tackle emerging issues such as the impact of electric vehicles – what do they mean for first responders, overall safety and the infrastructure needed to support their widespread introduction; and the growing incidence of wildfire both in the US and abroad,” he said. Read Mr. Jaeger's full remarks.

NFPA's Dave Nuss talks about the wildland fires that are raging in Arizona and NFPA's "Firewise Communities" strategies.


 


 

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NFPA&#39;s Firewise Communities program encourages local solutions for wildfire safety by involving homeowners, community leaders, planners, developers, firefighters, and others in the effort to protect people and property from the risk of wildfire.</li> </ul>

During NFPA's Conference & Expo in Boston, we continue to celebrate the 60th birthday of our official mascot, Sparky the Fire Dog®. And we’ve got lots of people who want to help Sparky mark this special event! In the Expo Hall, attendees are invited to get their picture taken with our iconic mascot. And then all of those photos will be posted on Sparky’s Facebook page for everyone to enjoy!

Here are a few folks who posed with Sparky on Sunday afternoon.

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See more photos at Sparky's Facebook page.

Sparky cake arrives
Last week, Sparky the Fire Dog visited Hoboken, NJ to stop by Carlo's Bake Shop, home of TLC's The Cake Boss. While there, he got a chance to meet some of the stars of the show and see the beginning of his 60th birthday cake being made. The finished cake has now arrived at the 2011 Conference & Expo

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NFPA is pleased to bring its 115th annual convention to its hometown of Boston, a great city with a rich history in fire and life safety.

"The NFPA Conference & Expo is our unique opportunity to showcase what NFPA is all about," says NFPA President Jim Shannon. "Every aspect reinforces our mission to reduce the burden of fire and other hazards."

Be sure to read our Conference & Expo blog this week for the latest updates for our Boston event.

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