NFPA’s Fire Protection Research Foundation to partner with BAFSA and EFSN, co-sponsors of Fire Sprinkler International 2014

Three days of presentations under one roof in London, May 20th, 21st and 22nd, covering all aspects of water-based automatic fire suppression

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Global Research Update Symposium

November 4, 2013 –
The Fire Protection Research Foundation will partner with British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association (BAFSA) and the European Fire Sprinkler Network (EFSN), co-sponsors of Fire Sprinkler International 2014 to present three days of presentations under one roof covering all aspects of water-based automatic fire suppression: the latest research, challenges, new technology, new techniques and solutions to fire protection problems. With international experts gathering in London for Fire Sprinkler International 2014 for May 20th & 21st, you can benefit by attending another important event at the Fire Protection Research Foundation Seminar on May 22nd.

The BAFSA and EFSN will jointly host Fire Sprinkler International 2014, the only conference and exhibition outside North America dedicated to sprinklers and water mist. Fire Sprinkler International 2014 will be followed by a symposium held by the Fire Protection Research Foundation, an affiliate of the National Fire Protection Association, on emerging storage hazards and potential storage configuration challenges.

The Fire Sprinkler International 2014 Conference Program will explore the following themes: business sustainability with sprinklers/water mist, new sprinkler/water mist technology and innovative sprinkler applications. The two-day conference provides a unique forum for those who wish to change the attitudes of legislators, regulators and building owners and allows experts and end-users to understand national concerns and share best practices. The event will also allow a detailed focus on and understanding of the latest technology and research that underpins the wider and more effective use of sprinklers.

With an array of international speakers, all experts in their chosen disciplines, delegates can be assured that they will leave Fire Sprinkler International 2014 informed, inspired and certainly with a broader knowledge of the capacity, capabilities and consistent performance of fire suppression systems.

Fire Sprinkler International will take place on May 20th-21st followed by the Foundation symposium on Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 in London at the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel. Registration is currently open and a special discounted rate is available for participants attending both events. The partnership is a follow-up to the success of EFSN’s conference in Paris in 2012 and building on BAFSA’s previous UK-based events as it celebrates its 40th anniversary.

In a joint statement, Alan Brinson, EFSN and Stewart Kidd, BAFSA, said "We anticipate an audience which will exceed 300 delegates at what promises to be the biggest sprinkler event mounted outside the USA. Each year sees the arrival of new technologies, new standards and new building codes. To help you stay at the forefront of these changes, we have gathered an outstanding collection of speakers, individuals who are shaping the future of the sprinkler industry".

The Foundation symposium "Global Research Update: High Challenge Storage Protection" will present new approaches to fire protection of new, high hazard commodities in challenging storage arrangements. "The goal of this symposium is to actively encourage a discussion regarding those challenges and work toward solutions," said Kathleen Almand, executive director of the Fire Protection Research Foundation. Program highlights include: emerging storage challenges facing global property owners; the latest global research on stored commodities and configurations hazards; and a global insurance perspective on emerging issues. Attendees will benefit from solutions to real-world applications such as lithium ion battery storage, high hazard plastic storage and other unique storage configurations.

About BAFSA
The British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association is the UK's trade association for the fire sprinkler industry and will celebrate its 40th birthday in 2014.

The British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association is the UK's trade association for the fire sprinkler industry and will celebrate its 40th birthday in 2014.

The association's members install more than 85% of the sprinkler and watermist installations in the UK and include a significant majority of third-party certified sprinkler installers as well as manufacturers, suppliers, contractors, insurers, the fire and rescue services and others with an interest in the field.

BAFSA's primary objectives include providing authoritative information on the benefits of sprinkler systems and how sprinklers can play a significant role in saving life and property from the devastating effects of fire. The association is dedicated to making sure that sprinkler systems are installed to the highest professional standards. www.bafsa.org.uk

About EFSN
The EFSN is a coalition across the fire safety, political and other relevant communities which encourages the greater use of fire sprinklers to save lives and protect property and the environment.

The European Fire Sprinkler Network collects and distributes accurate information about fire losses and fire sprinklers, and connects and supports those who believe that fitting fire sprinklers is essential to help Europe save itself from fire.

As a not-for-profit organisation for the public good, the Network welcomes members from many different backgrounds with a common interest in better fire protection. www.eurosprinkler.org

About the Fire Protection Research Foundation
The Fire Protection Research Foundation plans, manages, and communicates research on a broad range of fire safety issues in collaboration with scientists and laboratories around the world. The Foundation is an affiliate of NFPA. www.nfpa.org/research/fire-protection-research-foundation‎

About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
NFPA is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building, and life safety. The mission of the international non-profit organisation founded in 1896 is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. NFPA develops more than 300 codes and standards to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other hazards. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed at no cost at www.nfpa.org/freeaccess. www.nfpa.org.

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