Back To Vegas
NFPA’s must-attend annual conference heads back to Las Vegas this year, intent on its core mission: to bring together professionals from the fire, electrical, and life-safety fields to create the industry’s best and biggest educational and networking event.
NFPA Journal®, January/February 2010
By Victor Bishop
Mark your calendars and plan to attend the year’s most important event for the fire, life safety, and electrical industries. Join NFPA and other likeminded professionals as we gather June 7 to 10 for the 2010 NFPA Conference & Expo®, widely regarded as the most comprehensive event in the industry. The event combines an unrivaled educational conference and an exhibition with more than 300 participating companies. You’ll want to take advantage of the networking opportunities and gain up-to-date knowledge on codes and standards that relate to you.
The education conference
The education conference includes an impressive list of industry experts. Presentations will include many case studies, code updates, and results from an assortment of research projects. On Wednesday, June 9, the featured presentation will be given by Kelvin Cochran, the newly appointed administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s United States Fire Administration.
The presentation, “Putting the Fire Back in the U.S. Fire Administration: Shaping the Future,” promises to be a huge attraction during the event. Cochran has more than 28 years of experience in preventing and responding to fires and emergencies, and extensive experience in the fire service, including firefighting, emergency medical services, hazardous materials response, public education, and research and development.
The entertainment during the general session is an annual highlight. This year the general session will feature Gerry McCambridge, better known as “The Mentalist.” McCambridge has been amazing audiences for more than 30 years and has appeared on countless radio and television talk shows, including "Late Night with David Letterman" and "The Today Show." McCambridge is also the creator and executive producer of the hit television show "The Mentalist."
The conference schedule offers more than 120 education sessions in 11 different tracks. The Society of Fire Protection Engineers is pleased to once again sponsor the Fire Protection Engineering Track, which will focus on the advancement and education of fire protection engineering. The conference tracks also include:
The three-day expo will showcase many of the latest technologies and services from more than 300 of the top solution providers in the fire safety, life safety, and electrical industries. Knowledgeable representatives from these companies will be available to answer your questions and offer solutions to your most pressing challenges. The exposition provides attendees the ideal location to see, touch, and try products, and to meet with a company’s technical staff. As always, the expo is free when you register in advance.
While the 2010 NFPA Conference & Expo officially begins on Monday, June 7, you can arrive early to attend any of the 20 comprehensive pre-conference seminars being offered. Some of these seminars will only be offered in Las Vegas. Pre-conference seminars are priced separately from the main conference and are offered at a substantial discount from NFPA’s regular seminar pricing. Come early and enrich your overall experience.
Five one-day seminars will be held Saturday, June 5:
Five one-day seminars will be held Sunday, June 6:
Six two-day seminars will be held Saturday and Sunday, June 5 and 6:
Four three-day seminars will be held Saturday through Monday, June 5 to 7:
NFPA Conference & Expo blog and social media
Stay on top of all the important details about the NFPA Conference & Expo by visiting our blog site at http://npfa.typepad.com/conference. Visitors will find updated articles, live broadcasts, and downloadable podcasts. Give feedback before, during, and after the conference about your experience on the conference blog. You can also follow the NFPA Conference & Expo on Twitter. Go to nfpa.org/conference for more information.
The Association technical meeting
At the heart of the codes and standards development process is the Association Technical Meeting on Wednesday and Thursday, June 9 and 10. More than 30 documents are up for review at the upcoming meeting, including NFPA 70®, National Electrical Code®; NFPA 25, Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems; and NFPA 654, Prevention of Fire and Dust Explosions.
Documents that cover flammable and combustible liquids, aircraft hangars, Class A foams, liquefied petroleum gas, explosive materials, laboratories using chemicals, fire protection for marinas and boatyards, and more will be voted on during these sessions. Technical Committee members will receive 20 percent off conference registration prices.
Ladies & gentlemen, Las Vegas
Las Vegas offers much more than casinos and bright lights. When you travel to Las Vegas, you enter a world that will captivate you with its international flare, superb dining choices, and award-winning shows. You are sure to be impressed by the unique buildings, massive hotels, and the countless attractions, sights, and sounds of this destination city, especially the brand-new, $11 billion City Center, a hotel-residence-spa-dining-shopping development that bills itself as "The Capital of the New World."
Depending on where you’re traveling from, flights to Las Vegas are relatively inexpensive. Combine that with endless dining options and reasonable hotel rates, and you have a perfect destination for any company budget. Come to the Conference & Expo for an incomparable learning experience and be sure to explore all that Las Vegas has to offer.
Hotel reservations and registration
NPFA has negotiated special rates at four Las Vegas hotels close to the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Hotel rooms must be reserved by April 9, 2010, to guarantee convention rates at these participating hotels: Mandalay Bay, THE hotel at Mandalay Bay, Luxor, and Excalibur. Hotel reservations can be made online at www.nfpa.org/conference or by calling the Las Vegas Hotel Housing Authority toll free (U.S.) at 1-888-892-5822. Register today to receive the early-bird discounted rates.
Victor Bishop is a marketing specialist in the Professional Development Department at NFPA.
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