Once again it is time for greetings from your President. Likely when you read this the spring meeting of the Executive Board of IFMA and the annual CFSI seminars and dinner in DC will be history. The next event, our biggest, will be at the upcoming NFPA Conference and Expo to be held in Boston this year. In addition to the NFPA’s full program we at IFMA will be hosting a Chapter President’s meeting, the annual meeting of IFMA, the summer meeting of our Executive Board, participating in the NFPA’s section reception, and helping monitor various educational sessions. All of these events will be occurring starting June 2nd and running thru the Conference ending with the technical sessions on June 7th. For all of these reasons you should plan on attending and get the added benefit of historic Boston and the New England coast.
I, as President, and the entire Executive Board encourage your attendance and look forward to seeing as many of you as possible in June in Boston. This is an excellent opportunity for peer networking, there will be excellent training opportunities, and time for fellowship with your peers in the fire safety and prevention fields. If you are a Chapter President or your President’s representative be sure to contact the NFPA’s Steven Sawyer, our Executive Secretary.
Recently a number of achievements have come to my attention from our membership. Just a few include first the installation of automatic sprinkler protection at the National Fire Heritage Center in Emmitsburg MD. Every opportunity to promote sprinklers needs to be taken as after more than a century of sprinkler history they are still often misunderstood or underestimated. Second was recent information from Jon Nisja of Minnesota reminding all of us of the value of positive reinforcement in our fire safety messaging and fire reporting. Jon reminds us that a successful sprinkler operation means a building saved, a business protected, the preservation of personal property, and the removal of occupants and responding firefighters from further danger. Third, was the announcement from the Texas Fire Marshals Association of a new intensive training program for code officials that they are rolling out in May.
Kudos to these folks and to everyone working every day to save lives and property, be sure to share your success stories by contacting your IFMA Executive Board, Executive Secretary Steven Sawyer, or posting your story on the NFPA Xchange.