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Next week I, along with many other NFPA staff and thousands of attendees, will make our annual trip to NFPA's Conference and Expo.  On Wednesday, I will be presenting a session on changes to the 2013 edition of NFPA 80.  The 2013 edition is the current edition of the standard and was released last fall.  The official title of the presentation is "Inspection, Protect, and Collect:  Changes to NFPA 80, 2013 edition." and will be held from 11:00am-12:00pm in room S505ab.

NFPA 80 is a document critical to life safety of occupants and protection of property.  The 2013 edition of NFPA 80 contains many important changes and updates to the requirements for fire doors and other opening protectives.  These changes include a rewrite of the Chapter 5 provisions for the inspection, testing and maintenance of fire doors which inclues both technical and editorial updates, new language for swinging fire door hardware, and new language for sill as well through-wall sleeves for fusible link cables. I will these and other changes made to the standard as well as how and why these changes made it into the document. 

If you are a building owner, engineer, fire door manufacturer, fire door inspector, enforcer, building official, safety officer, or have a general interest in fire and life safety you will learn something from this presentation and I encourage you to attend.  If you are unable to attend, please swing by the NFPA booth in the Expo and we can chat more about your NFPA 80 questions. 

Safe travels and see you in Chicago!

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On-going programs and related initiatives by the U.S. federal government are promoting the proliferation of the next generation of electric vehicles. This is accelerating the manufacturing and deployment of electric drive vehicles. An important consideration for the implementation of this new technology is the potential hazards that may result, and how the emergency response community will address and mitigate those hazards.

The goal of this project is to provide comprehensive awareness and emergency response training to fire fighters and other emergency responders to prepare them for widespread implementation of advanced electric drive vehicles, including battery electric, hybrid electric, and certain fuel-cell electric vehicles. The objectives of the project include enhancing general awareness training, emergency response tactical training, and establishment of a centralized resource for nationwide ongoing technology transfer. This project report (in 3 parts due to large file size) provides a compilation of information that documents the efforts taken to meet these objectives.

The Research Foundation, which provided advisory services for the project, expresses gratitude to the report author Andrew Klock of NFPA and his support team. Special thanks are expressed to the U.S. Department of Energy as the project sponsor.

We are providing several digital additions to Conference & Expo this year! These will allow for greater access to the conference for attendees, non-attendees and press, as well as an enhanced experience for those present.

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The general session, including the keynote address by Doris Kearns Goodwin, will be broadcast live from the NFPA conference blog on Monday, June 10, at 1:00 pm (CST). Goodwin, author of “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln,” the basis of Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” will be sharing lessons in leadership and team-building in the midst of trying circumstances.

mobile conference app has been made available, complete with an onsite guide. The app offers a fully opt-in Friends feature, which allows attendees to view the complete list of other attendees and invite them to be a "Friend." Friends can send messages and view each other's schedule. Among other app components, the enhanced Maps feature offers directions on the expo floor, and the session schedule tool allows attendees to build their conference schedule based on the sessions and special meetings that they select. Download the NFPA 2013 C&E mobile app from any app store.

News and information from the conference will be available on a virtual press room at All NFPA conference news will be available at this site, as well as news from exhibitors. In addition, NFPA social media feeds for Twitter, Facebook and the blog rolls will be live through the press room, including images from the conference.

Buzzwords_240Why do we always have time to do it over, but never have time to do it right? According to Wayne Moore in his column "Right the First Time" in the latest issue of NFPA Journal, there is no need to waste your time or an inspector’s time by fixing mistakes in your alarm system programming or installation because you didn’t have time to do it right in the first place. Planning an installation all the way through to the acceptance tests and developing the minimum required documentation outlined in NFPA 72 will help you avoid lost time when you’re trying to finish an alarm system installation on time and on budget. For more on the subject, read Wayne's column online or turn to page 42 of the May/June issue of NFPA Journal.

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