12-16 June 2016 | Las Vegas | Mandalay Bay Convention Center

General Session

JUNE 4, 2017

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President's Report

During his remarks at the 2017 NFPA Conference & Expo in Boston, NFPA President Jim Pauley said that despite our collective accomplishments, we know our work is not done. The world is much bigger place today: buildings are taller, our challenges are greater, and the demands for our talents and expertise are constant. See the full transcript.

Chair's Report

NFPA Chair of the Board Randy TuckerNFPA Chair Randy Tucker of The Woodlands, TX, welcomed attendees to Boston for NFPA’s 121st annual meeting.

“In an era where things move at lightning speed individuals and organizations need to keep pace to remain relevant,” he said. “Everything you see and hear over the next few days will be concrete examples of how NFPA is doing just that.”

Mr. Tucker said he is proud of all that NFPA and its members, supporters, and friends have accomplished, and even prouder of the work that has been done in the last three years under the leadership of president Jim Pauley.

“We’ve done this while managing our resources to sustain this critical organization,” he said. “Everything we do is aimed at our singular focus: eliminate the fire problem throughout the world. Thank you for the roles you will play in making this vision a reality.”

Keynote - The Future is Now!

Erin Baumgartner 

Erin Baumgartner, Assistant Director of MIT’s Senseable City Laboratory, tackled the issue of "Big Data" at the 2017 NFPA Conference & Expo in Boston. She demonstrated how using creative visualizations is the key to simplifying complex information.

Tom Koulopoulos

General Session keynote speaker Tom Koulopoulos

Successful innovations change human behavior over time and seamlessly integrate into people’s lives, Koulopoulos said, citing video games, social media, and smartphones as examples. Big data solutions for the fire service and fire protection professionals will have to have a similar evolution, he argued.
“All of these devices cannot be layered onto what is already a difficult job,” he said. “You need to ask the question: does this simplify the task? We cannot feed all of this information to firefighters or we’ll overwhelm them, not make things easier.”
The solution is to funnel more complex data up to some other system that simplifies it to the most important small, usable bites that can then be fed to the end user.
“All progress is complex before it’s simple,” he said. “The task is not technology, it is fundamentally changing behavior. I hope you’re up to it.”

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