National Fire Protection Association Conference & Expo coming to Chicago

Published on April 12, 2013
McCormick Place Convention Center, June 10-13, 2013

CHICAGO (April 12, 2013)  Presented by ROC-NFPA, LLC, the 2013 NFPA Conference & Expo begins Monday, June 10 and concludes Thursday, June 13 at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center. More than 4,500 fire and life safety professionals will attend to learn about the latest technologies, newest research advances in life safety, and current building codes that affect the general public.

In 2013, the conference was named one of the fastest growing trade shows by Trade Show Executive Magazine.

Video: James Shannon, President of the National Fire Protection Association, gives highlights of the annual 2013 NFPA Conference & Expo

The annual Conference & Expo is the most important fire, security, electrical and life safety event for professionals who work daily to save lives and protect property. The Conference features more than 150 education sessions and nearly two dozen pre- and post-conference seminars, as well as hands-on training and networking opportunities. Concurrent tracks focus on building and life safety, codes and standards, detection and notification, emergency preparedness/business continuity, fire and emergency services, fire protection engineering, fire suppression, facility fire safety and security, green, electrical, loss control/prevention, public education and research.

The general session from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, June 10 will include Doris Kearns Goodwin, world-renowned historian and author of the best-selling book, Team of Rivals:  The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. Goodwin will share lessons in leadership, building and maintaining teams in the midst of trying circumstances and overcoming obstacles on the path toward goals. Her book is the basis of the feature film, Lincoln, which opened to rave reviews and received seven Golden Globe and 12 Oscar nominations. 

The featured presentation from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 11 will look at fire and life safety at the Pentagon, 10 years after 9/11. William J. Fries III, fire marshal and supervising fire protection engineer with the U.S. Department of Defense, will be joined by Ariam C. Kloehn, deputy fire marshal and fire protection engineer, also with the U.S. Department of Defense. The session will profile changes made to enhance passive and active protection and life safety systems for the world’s largest office building.

Attendees and exhibitors at the adjacent NFPA exposition benefit from face-to-face interaction with influential professionals involved in the specification and purchase of fire- and safety-related products and services. The three-day expo features more than 320 organizations and companies exhibiting products and services related to fire protection, building and life safety systems, electrical systems and building design.

Co-locating for the event’s three days, “Accessibility Expo: Beyond the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA),” is a new event designed to inform building managers, builders, managers and safety executives, and to promote moving beyond the ADA’s minimum requirements. Conference sessions will address life safety in five categories of disability, including mobility, vision, hearing, speech and cognitive, as well as creative and common sense best-practices and solutions.

Exhibitors in the adjacent Accessibility Expo will feature advanced alarm systems, directional sound devices, voice-to-text/text-to-voice devices, video phones for American Sign Language users, power wheelchairs, accessibility training and employer preparedness programs.

Please visit to read the latest show news in the NFPA blog and get content information on both the NFPA Conference & Expo and the Accessibility Expo. The NFPA also is on Facebook at  The conference mobile app will be available in May.

About ROC Exhibitions, Inc.
ROC Exhibitions, Inc., celebrating 19 years in business in 2013, produces seven trade events annually in the United States and Mexico. A second event in the ROC portfolio was also honored this year as a “Fastest 50” recipient – NFMT, the largest U.S. trade show dedicated to professionals who are responsible for the management, operations, design and construction of commercial and institutional buildings. Visit ROC Exhibitions online at

About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
NFPA is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building, and life safety. The mission of the international nonprofit organization 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

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