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Too busy eating the Sparky cake to stop by our booth at the NFPA Conference and Expo? You’re in luck. Andrew Klock, senior project manager for EV Safety Training, talked to NFPA’s Mike Hazell all about our new and exciting program developments, including our online Chevy Volt course, the benefits of our direct relationships with electric vehicle manufacturers, and our new, in-the-works emergency field guide for first responders. 

For those of you who couldn’t make it to this year’s NFPA Conference and Expo, be sure to check out this video from our own Mike Hazell, featuring Casey Grant from the Fire Protection Research Foundation. They discuss the upcoming NFPA and SAE Safety Summit in September, ongoing research with electric vehicles, what first responder tools for electric vehicles are coming down the road and more. 
Register Early to Save

The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA’s) Wildland Fire Operations Division and Firewise Communities Program has opened registration for the 2011 Backyards and Beyond Wildland Fire Education Conference.

Cheryl Registration for the ever-popular 2-day Assessing Wildfire Hazards in the Home Ignition Zone Workshop and Conference is available online, through the mail, by fax or phone.  Visit NFPA’s registration page for more information.

The workshop will be presented Tuesday and Wednesday, October 25 – 26 by Jack Cohen, Research Physical Scientist, USDA Forest Service and Gary Marshall, Firewise Regional Advisor.

The Backyards and Beyond Wildland Fire Education Conference will be held Thursday, October 27 through Saturday, October 29, 2011, at the DoubleTree Hotel Denver, Colorado offering over 50 breakout sessions in five educational tracks. The conference offers a unique opportunity to build relationships and explore key issues, and brings together leading wildland fire experts, Firewise® community representatives, community planners, civic leaders, homeowners and residents, insurance professionals, landscape architects and others to share best-practices that can be taken back to communities or the workplace.

-Cheryl Blake, Firewise Publications Manager

For more information and future updates on the 2011 Backyards and Beyond Wildland Fire Education Conference, please visit our Firewise Communities Blog.

Foundation award
On behalf of his project team, Steven Wolin accepts the Fire Protection Research Foundation Medal from NFPA Chair Thomas Jaeger and the Foundation's Kathleen Almand.

The winning project of the 2011 Fire Protection Research Foundation Medal was "Antifreeze Solutions in Home Fire Sprinkler Systems". The award was accepted on behalf of the project team by Project Contractor Steven Wolin, P.E., principal, Code Consultants, Inc.

The Fire Protection Research Foundation Medal recognizes a Foundation project completed in 2010 that best exemplifies the Foundation’s fire safety mission and the collaborative approach to execution that is the hallmark of all Foundation projects.

The Fire Protection Research Foundation plans, manages, and communicates research on a broad range of fire safety issues in collaboration with scientists and laboratories around the world. The Foundation is an affiliate of NFPA.

During the General Session of our recent Conference & Expo in Boston, NFPA announced the re-election of officers and the election of new officers and members to its Board of Directors.

Thomas W. Jaeger of Great Falls, VA., has been re-elected as chair. Mr. Jaeger is currently the president of Jaeger & Associates, LLC, a consulting fire protection engineering firm.

Philip C. Stittleburg of La Farge, WI, has been re-elected as first vice chair. Mr. Stittleburg has served as the fire chief in La Farge, Wis. since 1977, and in 1998, he was awarded Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year by Fire Chief Magazine.

Ernest J. Grant of Chapel Hill, NC., has been re-elected as second vice chair. Mr. Grant is an outreach nurse clinician with the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center, UNC Hospitals, a position he has held for over 22 years.

Randolph W. Tucker of The Woodlands, TX, has been re-elected as secretary. Mr. Tucker has over 30 years of fire protection consulting engineering experience, having worked on projects in over 60 countries around the world.

Wayne Boyd, the president and CEO of the U.S. Safety & Engineering Corporation in Sacramento, CA, has been re-elected as treasurer. He has served on several NFPA technical committees, including NFPA 72®, National Fire Alarm Code and NFPA 720, Installation of Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms in Dwelling Units.

The new members of the board are:

  • Julie A. Rochman of Tampa, FL, president and CEO of the Institute for Business & Home Safety, of Tampa, FL
  • Amy R. Acton of Grandville, MI, executive director of The Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, Inc.
  • Kwame Cooper of Los Angeles, CA., battalion chief of the Los Angeles City Fire Department

Read more about the NFPA officers and new board members.

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