NFPA to host Spotlight on Public Education (SOPE) conference, a full-day program addressing today’s fire and life safety education challenges and opportunities

August 5, 2021 – On Tuesday, September 14, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is hosting its fifth annual Spotlight on Public Education (SOPE),a one-day program addressing some of the leading challenges and opportunities facing today’s fire departments and public safety educators working to mitigate fire and life safety risks in their communities. This year’s SOPE is part of the association’s virtual 125th Anniversary Conference Series, which replaces the traditional in-person 2021 NFPA Conference & Expo and runs from May 2021 through March 2022.

Representing the fourth monthly program in the year-long conference series, SOPE will focus on a wide range of issues and topics, including the critical importance of inclusiveness among multiple populations, demographics, and age groups; tips and tricks for implementing successful fire and life safety programs in today’s virtual and hybrid environments; and the reasoning behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week™ theme. A total of nine in-depth educational sessions will be hosted throughout the day, along with industry roundtable discussions, networking opportunities, live chat sessions, sponsor demonstrations, and more.

“SOPE presents a unique opportunity for attendees to hear new insights and approaches to the work they do in their communities, and to connect and learn from peers who have faced and overcome similar issues and obstacles,” said Andrea Vastis, senior director of the public education division at NFPA. “At the end of the day, we hope attendees walk away with new perspectives that empower them to more effectively deliver fire and life safety and injury prevention education to their communities.”

Attendees can tune in live to earn up to five credit hours (0.5 CEU) and earn an additional five credit hours on-demand for a total of 10 credit hours (1.0 CEU). Alternatively, the content can all be viewed on-demand for a total of 10 credit hours (1.0 CEU). All programs will be available on-demand for up to a year starting on September 14.

Registration for Spotlight on Public Education (SOPE) is now open. Check out the full list of sessions to review all the presentations offered throughout the day. Through August 31, registrants can use the code EARLYBIRD125 to attend the conference and invite a friend at no cost.

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NFPA: 125 Years of Protecting People and Property
The National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®) is a global self-funded nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property, and economic loss due to fire, electrical, and related hazards. The association began its work to solve the fire problem in a young, industrialized nation in 1896 and has since become a global force known for advancing safety worldwide. NFPA delivers information and knowledge through more than 325 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach, and advocacy; and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering the NFPA mission. In celebration of its 125th Anniversary, NFPA will be hosting a Conference Series and other initiatives that reflect the association’s steadfast commitment to advancing fire and life safety for the next 125 years and beyond. For more information or to view NFPA codes and standards for free, visit


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