NFPA conference in Chicago June 22-25

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The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has scheduled its annual Conference & Expo June 22-25, 2015 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

The NFPA Conference & Expo, widely regarded as the most comprehensive industry event for fire, electrical and building safety, will bring together thousands of professionals, from building managers and contractors to public fire service and enforcement agencies.

Chicago Construction News (CCN)’s publisher Brooke McDonald will be at the conference and you can read a special report about the NFPA and construction-related fire protection in CCN’s July issue.

The annual conference features more than 125 education sessions across 11 tracks and hundreds of product displays featuring the industry’s leading suppliers. The event is a unique opportunity to learn directly from industry experts, earn valuable continuing education units, evaluate products and stay current with technological advances. Education session topics include the testing of drones in firefighting, green building’s impact on firefighter safety, fire protection in the wildland/urban interface and the future of cooking equipment technology to help reduce cooking fires.

The general session Monday, June 22, features three quick Disaster Response Keynotes, each speaker sharing their first hand experience with horrific devastation, inadequate response, and their resourceful solutions. This keynote session with a twist will be fast-paced, informative, and inspirational.

In the conference’s featured presentation Wednesday June 24, “The Lac-Mégantic Railway Disaster – A Town Destroyed and 47 Killed; Lessons Learned,” experts will discuss this tragic train derailment in rural Quebec and resulting fatalities, and how the incident provided valuable lessons for first responders and local officials.

For more information, see the conference website.


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