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The latest issue of NFPA Journal, featuring our stories on the Latin American prison fire problem and the impact of mitigation techniques on wildfires, is available as a digital reader and in app form—two great new ways to enjoy Journal anytime, anywhere.

The digital reader is a Web-based version of Journal that shows you the magazine exactly as it appears in print—except that all Web links and emails, in both stories and ads, are live and clickable. The digital reader also includes versions optimized for iPad, iPhone, and Android.

The NFPA Journal app, available through Apple's app store, lets you download the magazine and create your own library of Journals that you can read whenever you want, even if you're offline. If you're using it with a Web connection, you have all the flexibility that you do with the digital reader: watch embedded slideshows and videos, link to products and services, share stories with colleagues, and much more. The app is designed for iPad and iPhone.

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS -- EXTENDED
The 2013 NFPA Conference & Expo will be held June 10-13 in Chicago, IL. The call for presentations is now open. Deadline has been extended to Friday, September 14 at 5:00 pm (EST). Submit your presentation proposal.

Submissions emphasizing a specific product, process or manufacturer will not be considered. NFPA will review all presentation proposals. Selections will be made based on quality, relevance, focus, practical application, and on the presenter’s experience and credentials.

If your proposal is accepted, you will be required to submit a handout. Continuing education credits (CEUs) will be awarded for all education sessions. More details.

Philip StittleburgWhat similarties exist between an assistant district attorney and a firefighter? There are many, says Philip Stittleburg, who has spent time in both the courtroom and the scene of a fire, situations that have prepared him for his new role as chair of NFPA's Board of Directors.

Stittleburg highlighted the board's goals in the latest issue of NFPA Journal. As chair of the National Volunteer Fire Council, he also aspires to utilize the synergy of both organizations to address a decline in new volunteer firefighter recruits.

"You can describe a whole array of  challenges for the volunteer fire service, but you can distill them down  to two categories: time and money," Stittleburg tells NFPA Journal. "Of the two challenges, the greater  one is time. What we’re seeing is the American worker spending more  and more hours at their job, which is contrary to what was being  predicted 30 or 40 years ago.  Lumped on top of that, we’re seeing a decline in the  economy, which is forcing people to take second jobs. The net result is  volunteers with less discretionary time. Concurrently, their work as  firefighters is placing greater demands on their available time, because  the role of the fire service — career and volunteer — is expanding." 

Read about Stittleburg's proposed solutions to this problem and his other aspirations for NFPA in the September/October issue of NFPA Journal.  

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