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As the Foundation's symposium on The Next Five Years in Fire and Electrical Safety approaches on November 13,14 in Washington, DC, I'd like to preview some of the insights of our presenters - this time from the session on the Changing Urban Landscape.  

Antony Wood, Executive Director of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, will provide his global vision on the changing nature of our cities - from the Super Tall building phenomenon to the emerging range of building types and uses. 

Dan O'Connor, Chief Technical Officer for Aon Fire Protection Engineering, will share his views on the implications of these changes on building fire safety and the pace of innovation in fire safety design.

Carl Wren, Chief Engineer, Austin Fire Department, will explain how his department is adapting to this new environment.

Adam Thiel, Chief, City of Alexandria Fire Department, will discuss emerging fire fighting tactics and other concerns of the emergency response community.


Space is limited so please register now to ensure your space.

Second graders from Martin Luther King Junior Education Center in Detroit, MI, were in for a treat Wednesday morning when they got to partake in the kick-off event for NFPA’s Fire Prevention Week Partnership with Domino’s. The students participated in a variety of activities to learn about fire safety and even got a special visit from Sparky the Fire Dog.Sparky-Detroit

The event, which was hosted by Detroit Fire Department – Engine 30, begins Domino’s partnership with NFPA and fire stations across the country to deliver pizzas and fire safety messages throughout Fire Prevention Week. Random customers will be chosen to have their pizza delivered by fire truck. If the customers who receive fire truck deliveries have working smoke alarms, their pizza is free! Fire trucks making deliveries will also be stocked with working smoke alarms and batteries to make sure every home delivered to during the campaign has working smoke alarms.

The first pizza delivered via fire truck went out at 11 o’clock today with the help of Engine 30 and featured special guest Sparky the Fire Dog.

For more information on the event, check out the official news release. More information about Fire Prevention week as well as activities and fire safety tips are available on the FPW website

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