Journal NOW: Highlights of the 2018 NFPA Technical Meeting, award recipients, and more from C&E

Blog Post created by averzoni Employee on Jun 18, 2018

The 2018 NFPA Conference & Expo (C&E) came to a close last week as the Technical Meeting finished Thursday afternoon at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. The meeting lasted about eight hours, with "no high energy controversies or excessively passionate debate," according to Dawn Bellis, NFPA's director of standards administration. 
Each year, the Technical Meeting immediately follows C&E and gives NFPA members the opportunity to voice their opinions and vote on the certified amending motions proposed for upcoming editions of NFPA codes and standards before the documents are passed on to the Standards Council for final approval. A total of 23 motions were presented to members this year on 11 different NFPA codes and standards; 18 motions passed, five failed, and six were not pursued, meaning the submitter of the motion chose not to make their case to the over 500 members in attendance. 
The most actively debated documents this year were NPFA 13, Installation of Sprinkler Systems, and NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code. NFPA 13 passed after members approved six amending motions, and NFPA 72 passed with five amending motions accepted. 
At the beginning of the Technical Meeting, awards were given to 17 individuals for outstanding service to NFPA in the development of codes and standards. In the days preceding the meeting, individuals were also recognized as winners of the 2018 NFPA Standards Medal, Shannon Advocacy Medal, Educator of the Year Award, Industrial Fire Protection Section Fire Prevention Week Award, Research Foundation Medal, and Bigglestone Award
The 2018 NFPA Conference & Expo featured dozens of education sessions on topics ranging from active shooter preparedness to solar panels; keynote speakers who are focused on ways in which technology can help save lives; and NFPA President Jim Pauley's unveiling of a concept known as the Fire and Life Safety Ecosystem.
More information on the 2018 NFPA Technical Meeting—as well as past tech sessions—can be found at nfpa.org/techsession, and will also appear in the July/August issue of NFPA Journal, along with detailed descriptions of select award winners from this year's C&E.