Mark your calendars! NFPA's 2017 Conference & Expo is less than two months away, and it's expected to be the biggest one yet. This year's event will be held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, June 4-7. Featuring 150 education sessions across seven tracks and more than 330 exhibitors from the industry’s leading suppliers, the conference and expo offer unique opportunities to learn directly from industry experts, earn valuable continuing education units, evaluate products, network with peers, and stay current with technological advances.
New session topics will include effective and efficient enforcement; building electrical safety programs; the Internet of Things; first responder occupational exposure and safety; water tanks; drones; code application in health care settings; and emergency management and storage. Highlights at this year’s conference include:
First Responder Health Forum: This full-day event covers the latest methods for helping keep firefighters safe from contaminant exposure and other occupational hazards. Along with health screenings and tech demos, the day will include expert speakers addressing cardiac risks, cancer prevention, suicide, fitness requirements, and other issues related to health and safety. Tuesday, June 6, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
NFPA Tech Challenge: Using a Shark Tank style format, entrepreneurs will pitch new first responder technologies (wearables, apps, equipment) to audience members who will vote for their favorite innovation via real-time text messaging. A panel of fire and technology representatives will also ask the ventures key follow-up questions. Tuesday, June 6, 4 – 6 p.m.
Spotlight on Public Education: This two-day event is designed for fire and life safety educators and others interested in public education and community risk reduction. Featured education sessions will address clutter suppression; building a network to support community risk reduction; motivating behavior and attitude change; cultural competence; reaching people who are deaf or hard of hearing; and understanding your audience. Monday, June 4 to Tuesday, June 5, 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Two keynote speakers will present at the conference’s opening general session on Sunday, June 4:
Erin Baumgartner, assistant director of MIT’s Senseable City Laboratory, will show how ubiquitous sensors are monitoring everything from traffic to sewage flow, and how that data can be used to better understand and solve the problems of urban environments.
Tom Koulopoulos, founder/CEO of Delphi Group, will demonstrate how the Internet of Things is enabling an entirely new set of tools and opportunities for first responders, builders, enforcers, and the electrical community, among others.
You can register before or during the conference to attend. Early bird registration, which features discounted registration rates for NFPA members and non-members, has been extended through April 30, 2017.