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Derek Vigstol of Princeton, Minn., took home a $5,000 cash prize and the title of NEC Challenge Champion on Friday in the culmination of a nation-wide challenge to celebrate the release of the 53rd edition of the National Electrical Code® (NEC®) by the NFPA

Competition between the three finalists, which also included Joe Brinley of Roanoke, Va. and Robert Watkins, Jr. of Denver, Colo, was consistently intense throughout three rounds of gameplay. Featuring a tie-breaker, a lightning round, and even audience participation, this year’s event was an exciting and engaging way to finish the NEC Challenge. NECChallengeGroup2014

Read more about the competition and its winners.

If you missed tuning in to the live event, watch the full video of the NEC Challenge.

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From left to right: Mark Light, executive director and CEO, James M. Shannon, NFPA President, and Bill Metcalf, Chief of the North County FPD (California) and President and Chair of the Board


Current NFPA President Jim Shannon was recognized at a recent International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Board meeting for his service to NFPA and to fire safety. Jim has served as NFPA president since 2002. He has been at NFPA for 23 years, having joined the organization as vice president and general counsel in 1991. He had previously served as a Member of Congress representing Massachusetts and as Massachusetts Attorney General.

Congrats Jim!


8BEA12DB8D3F465C8A6C1FDEA01F5C42Lower costs! That mantra applies to almost every facet of the health care industry today, including the systems that exist to provide life safety and property protection. But careful analysis and coordination of testing and maintenance can ensure the protection provided by these systems remains cost effective, too. To find out how, read Wayne Moore's column "Cost Challenges" in the January/February issue of NFPA Journal.

Abu DhabiThe Abu Dhabi Ministry of Interior, represented by the Federal Civil Defense Sector Development Council, recently met with NFPA to discuss the means to enhance cooperation, mutual coordination and exchange of expertise between both parties pertaining to fire prevention and safety.

Major General Nasser Lakhrebani Al Nuaimi, Secretary General of the Office of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, Chairman of the Federal Civil Defense Sector Development Council recently met at the Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters. From NFPA, Donald Bliss, Vice President of Field Operations and Drew Azzara, NFPA’s Executive Director of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, attended the meeting. Read more about the meeting through recent media coverage. 

We look forward to future collaboration between NFPA and the UAE! 

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