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  We have an ideal opportunity for a UX Product Designer here at NFPA in Quincy, MA. The candidate should understand information architecture, interaction design, visual design, and have a thorough understanding of good design process.

Principal responsibilities include:

  • Manage and build relationships with various stakeholders and partners.
  • Drive design thinking and be a thought leader in creating good end-to-end experiences.
  • Be a user advocate and lead UX discussions with the business partners on topics including visual design, interaction design, information architecture and user research.
  • Drive design thinking and champion the UX vision across the organization.
  • Facilitate project teams through the design process, gathering actionable feedback and iterating the appropriate level of changes.
  • Assess data from multiple sources, synthesize it, and develop strategies for your projects.
  • Collaborate with other designers, user researchers, program managers, engineering teams, and business stakeholders to prioritize UX activities throughout the software development life-cycle and deliver high quality experiences in time.
  • Understand and incorporate technical, business and user requirements into designs.
  • Create innovative and appealing designs in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment, through sketches, storyboards, user task flows, wireframes, prototypes, and the production of final assets for specific features and projects.
  • Manage UX vendors, resources and the overall UX portfolio of work for an organization.

For information on job requirements and how to apply, visit our careers webpage

Garner Palenske
The winning project of the 2012 Fire Protection Research Foundation Medal was “High Volume/Low Speed Fans and Sprinkler Operation”. This project focused on informing spacing and other installation requirements in NFPA 13, Installation of Sprinkler Systems, by initiating a comprehensive research program with two phases.

Download the project paper

Phase II research activities included the evaluation of the effect of the high volume low speed (HVLS) fans upo the performance of both ESFR (early suppression, fast response) and CMDA (control mode density area) sprinklers protecting both rack storage and palletized commodities. The fans provided a significant energy savings for industrial facilities and were quickly introduced into the market without an assessment of their impact on sprinkler effectiveness and no guidance in NFPA 13. The timeliness of this research provided direct input into NFPA 13, removing this barrier to the further use of the fans. 

The award was presented to Garner Palenske of AON Fire Protection Engineering.

The current issue of NFPA Journal covers the large and complex issue of unwanted alarms as the primary focus of changes to the new edition of NFPA 72, along with requirements for testing and maintaining alarm systems and other hot topics. Ken Willette, John Hall, Lee Richardson and Marty Ahrens (all from NFPA) spoke on this issue during an educational session at NFPA's recent Conference & Expo in Las Vegas.

Between 1980 and 2009, the number of fire department emergency responses more than doubled from 10.8 million to 26.5 million. Many of these have been determined to be due to "unwanted alarms." In part one of an interview with Ken Willette, he explains what an "unwanted alarm" is and how it's proving to be a major challenge for the fire service.


See part 2 of this interview and learn more on NFPA's Fire Service Today blog.


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