April 6, 2017
–The National Fire Protection Association
(NFPA) is hosting its 2017 Conference & Expo
at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, June 4-7. The annual conference is widely regarded as the most comprehensive industry event for fire, electrical, and building safety, bringing together thousands of professionals, from building managers and contractors to public fire service and enforcement agencies.
Featuring 150 education sessions across seven tracks and more than 330 exhibitors from the industry’s leading suppliers, the conference and expo offer a unique opportunity 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; code application in health care settings; and emergency management and storage. In response to 2016 survey feedback, sessions will be more tailored to specific audiences and professions, providing more concrete takeaways and hands-on learning.
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.
For this release and other announcements about NFPA initiatives, research and resources, please visit the NFPA press room.
About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
Founded in 1896, NFPA is a global, nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. The association delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach and advocacy; and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering the NFPA mission. For more information visit www.nfpa.org. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed online for free at www.nfpa.org/freeaccess.
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