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Jim Pauley presents at Fire Asia 2015

President Jim Pauley attended Fire Asia 2015 in Hong Kong. For more than 20 years, Fire Asia 2015 has served as a forum for fire safety practitioners, fire engineers, paramedics and emergency services to come together, exchange ideas and discuss industry trends. Approximately 300 fire professionals from 13 countries and regions attended the event, which is organized by the Institution of Fire Engineers (Hong Kong branch); several divisions within the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers; and China’s Hong Kong Fire Protection Association.

Recognizing that today’s prevailing firefighting challenges will require collaboration among multiple disciplines throughout the industry, the theme for Fire Asia 2015 was “Team Up for the Future”. The conference focused on the following issues:

  • firefighting and disaster recovery operation techniques
  • the latest fire engineering research
  • paramedics operations
  • showcase studies for landmark projects

Jim attended the conference with Yuanjing Liu, our representative in China, who played an integral role in connecting Jim with high level delegations and leaders from multiple countries.

QA at the Fire Asia 2015
J. Pauley participating in panel Q&A with the following (left to right): Denis Onieal, superintendent of the National Fire Academy; Peter Holland, chief fire and rescue advisor for the Department of Communities and Local Government, UK, and NFPA board member; Lin Chin-hung, former director of disaster management, division of National Fire Agency, Taiwan.
President Pauley withe the Fire Department of MPS Major General Zhang  Director Liang and Director Wang at the Fire Asia 2015
J. Pauley with Major General Zhang, Director Liang, and Director Wang from the Fire Department of the Ministry of Public Security (MPS).

By Faith Berry

Wildfire image

National Geographic produced a very short video that is featured on line as part of their adventure series about wildland firefighters.  Videographer Mark Thiessen in Fighting Wildfires presents some interesting video that gives you an up close glimpse of what it takes to be a wildland firefighter.  His videos give you somewhat of an idea minus the heat and smoke of the conditions that these brave men and women work in.  He also shows a short glimpse of fire behavior as it changes from early morning to midday.  It is an interesting view into this occupation and the dedication of the men and women who serve in this capacity.

We all have a part to play to make communities safer in the event of a wildfire and at the same time create safer conditions for these brave wildland firefighters to be able to do their job by implementing Firewise principles.

The wildfire image above is from the National Geographic video.


Last year's NEC Challenge champion, Derek 'The Code Crusher' Vigstol, chatted with NFPA's Dan Whiting about Friday's upcoming battle. While holding his 2014 victory Championship Belt, Derek says that the final round is all about the buzzer, and hopes this year's finalists have what to it takes to handle the pressure. 

As you can tell from the video above, The Code Crusher doubts any of this year's finalists can beat his scores from last year, but we wish good luck to Steve, Paul and Jim anyway. 

Tune in to and register to view the crowning of our next NEC Challenge Champion this Friday, February 6th at 12:00 p.m. EST. 


NFPA is hiring! We have an open position within our Public Fire Protection division, for a grant writer. The person hired will work out of the Quincy, MA headquarters. Principal responsibilities include: 

  1. Coordinates and oversees training projects and product development (Requests for Proposals, project schedules, resource allocations, SME curricula, public relations campaign).
  2. Identifies, prioritizes, writes and submits grant proposals to apply for government, private, or other related funding opportunities.
  3. Responsible for the quality and timely coordination of outreach initiatives, meetings, delivery and dissemination of all training materials and products. 
  4. Oversees communications activities with outside SMEs, OEMs, vendors and agencies related to managed projects.
  5. Maintains liaisons with the appropriate technical divisions to assure technical and safety accuracy of all developed products.
  6. Responsible for monitoring the project budget and deliverables against program requirements.

Requirements for this position include a Bachelor's degree with 3+ years of experience in one of more related fields preferred (technical writing, project management, training development, grant writing, education). We're looking for a self-starter with technical savvy and interest in NFPA’s mission.

If you are interested in this position, please apply online

Walker PhotoOur third finalist in the 2015 NEC Challenge Competition is Jim Walker, our NFPA C&E winner from Sonoma County, Calif. During his time at C&E in Las Vegas this past June, he took a gamble and took on the NEC Challenge at our first stop of 2014, making his way to the top of the leaderboard. He proved that it wasn’t just luck that got him there, however, as he earned a spot in the Championship in the play-in round in December.

After spending almost 29 years in the industry, keeping up with the ever-changing code has built Jim’s career to better serve his customers in a dynamic field. Walker uses the code everyday as an electric technician at the Sonoma County Water Agency where he serves portable water and other services to more than 600,000 customers. Knowing the code has become a life or death situation in his career.

“Reinforcing the importance of the code is primarily for protecting the people. It makes sure that the people working on or around the code are safe,” said Walker. “We want to make sure that everybody comes home at night.”

When Jim isn’t out feeding his competitive spirit and knowledge of the NEC, he enjoys spending time with his 12 grandchildren, rocking out to Madison Rising and teaching firearms safety at his local Rod and Gun Club.

So what will this grandpa of 12 do if he takes home the NEC Challenge Champion belt and the $5,000 grand prize? He will treat his lovely wife to a celebratory trip to Scotland.

Want to see if Jim will be by packing his bagpipes, haggis and kilts? Visit to find out how you can register to view the crowning of our next NEC Challenge Champion this Friday, February 6th at 12:00 p.m. EST. 

A - Sam hoffman fin #394919 (2)by NFPA's Lisa Braxton

The public education division of NFPA is accepting applications for the Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year Award, which includes a $1,000 honorarium for the recipient, travel to the NFPA annual conference for an award presentation, and a $1,000 donation to the local fire department to support public education activities.

I talked with our current Educator of the Year, Samantha Hoffmann, public fire and life safety officer for Barrie Fire and Emergency Service, Barrie Ontario, about what the award has meant to her.

LB: What has happened for you since winning the award?

SH: Being named Educator of the Year has definitely elevated my profile in both my department and community. Receiving this award helped to build my credibility. I have been contacted by numerous departments and companies across Canada and have been asked to join different boards, panels and organizations, which has allowed me to share my experiences and knowledge and promote educational messaging. 

LB: What has the award done for your fire department?

SH: Aside from the bonus of the $1000 donation to support public education activities, the broader benefit to the department is that we have been give more freedom corporately.  It has given us positive public relations, heightened exposure in the community, and helped strengthen our public messaging. 

LB: How did it feel to walk across the stage at the NFPA conference to receive the award?

SH: I found it humbling. Since I have been in the fire service and fire safety field for so many years, I am well aware of the number of excellent fire safety educators we have in Canada, let alone North America. 

LB: Why is this award important?

SH: It  helps to reinforce program direction, recognizes the talent and hard work of the entire department, motivates educators to look at their programs and compare them to best practices, and provides public relations opportunities and value.

The application deadline for the NFPA Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year Award is February 20, 2015.

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