Boston, Massachusetts will host the 2007 NFPA World Safety Conference & Exposition®.
NFPA Journal®, January/February 2007
By Erik Holden
More than 4,000 fire and life safety, electrical, and security professionals will convene in Boston the first week of June for the 2007 NFPA World Safety Conference & Exposition ® (WSC&E®). This incomparable educational event offers vital code updates, solutions to the challenges you face on the job, and a chance to network with other professionals who care about doing things right.
The 2007 WSC&E officially begins on June 3, but for many people the lure of NFPA’s pre-conference seminars is hard to ignore. This year, NFPA is offering 23 pre-conference seminars on Friday and Saturday, June 1 and 2. These seminars are priced separately from the main conference and are offered at a substantial discount from NFPA’s regular seminar pricing. On Friday, five one-day seminars are being offered:
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The WSC&E will begin on Sunday, June 3, with David McCullough’s keynote address, entitled "Leadership and the History You Don’t Know." Mr. McCullough, historian and renowned author of bestsellers John Adams and 1776, is widely acclaimed as a “master of the art of narrative history.” His books are praised for their scholarship, their understanding of American life, their vibrant prose, and their insight into individual character.
Building and Life Safety , which concentrates on practical information such as plans review, inspection techniques, updates on code requirements, new technologies, and best practices.
Codes and Standards , which includes information on the reasons behind important code changes and how they will be implemented.
Detection and Suppression , which focuses on code requirements and design issues, the application of new technologies in alarm and suppression systems, and the impact of maintenance on systems performance.
Disaster Preparedness/Business Continuity , which includes information on assessing risks and consequences, emergency preparedness, contingency planning, incident management, and recovery plans.
Fire and Emergency Response , which includes current information on firefighting apparatus and technologies, safety and preparedness for first responders, incident command strategies, and fire prevention and inspection techniques.
Industrial Fire Safety and Security , which emphasizes new technology in industrial fire protection and emergency response, fuel storage issues, and security of industrial processes.
Premises Security , which examines issues related to creating and implementing security plans, as well as designing, installing, and maintaining security systems.
Public Education , which includes fire and life safety planning and strategies and offers the latest in safety education, including challenges and creative solutions.
Research, which considers the latest information available on many timely issues, such as video smoke and flame detection systems and the reliability of water mist fire protection systems.
Several sessions at this year’s conference will focus on high-profile fires with a regional connection to Boston . The featured presentation, a panel discussion of the 2003 Station Night Club fire in West Warwick, Rhode Island, will present the findings of the fire investigations conducted by NFPA and the National Institute of Science and Technology. One of this year’s spotlight sessions will also focus on Boston ’s Cocoanut Grove fire, which killed 492 people in 1942 and changed fire code enforcement, burn treatment methods, and manslaughter case law around the nation. Experts will examine the fire from many angles, including its lasting impact on Boston .
Technical committee report sessions
At the heart of the codes- and standards-development process are the technical committee report sessions. More than 25 documents are up for membership approval this June, including the National Electrical Code, the most widely adopted code in the nation. Documents that cover aircraft and airport facilities, rescue and firefighting, fire tests, forest and rural fire protection, hazardous materials response personnel, pyrotechnics, and more will also be voted on during these sessions or considered as consent documents prior to the meeting.
Last but hardly least, the three-day product exposition will showcase many of the latest technologies and services from more than 300 of the top solution providers in the fire and life safety, electrical, and security industries. Knowledgeable representatives from these companies will be available to answer your questions and offer solutions to your most pressing challenges. This year’s exposition begins with the Grand Opening Kick-Off Reception sponsored by Underwriters Laboratories. Join thousands of your peers in the exposition hall for refreshments and meaningful conversations. As always, the exposition is free if you register in advance.
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|WSC&E Comes To Boston
More than 4,000 fire and life safety, electrical, and security professionals will convene in Boston for the 2007 NFPA World Safety Conference & Exposition®.