National Fire Protection Association Conference & Expo Returns to Mandalay Bay, June 11 – 14


National Fire Protection Association Conference & Expo Returns
to Mandalay Bay, June 11 – 14

Largest annual education event in fire and life safety will feature more than 110 educational sessions, showcasing the latest technologies from more than 350 exhibitors



The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) will host its annual Conference & Expo at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, June 11 – 14. This comprehensive event brings together thousands of the industry’s leading professionals who will attend more than 110 educational sessions and special events addressing the latest issues, challenges and trends in the world of fire, electrical, and life safety.


This year’s expo, featuring more than 350 exhibitors, will focus on technology’s role in our future and how it is reshaping our world. “The Building of the Future” expo, a virtual reality simulation, will give attendees a glimpse into the future complete with smart building and vehicle electrification.


Keynote speakers at the conference’s general session include Keller Rinaudo, CEO and co-founder of Zipline, a drone delivery company focused on health care. Rinaudo will be speaking on the use of drones to deliver blood and save lives. Futurist Jim Carroll will share his insight on the trends that will challenge us into the future, and what we must do to turn these trends into opportunities.


Notable presentations include:


  • Active Shooter / Hostile Event Response and NFPA 3000TM (PS) Program: Lessons Learned and a New Standard: June 12, 11 a.m.

With an increase in gun-related incidents around the nation, a panel of experts will explain recent events that led to the creation of the NFPA 3000TM (PS), Standard for an Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response (AHSER) Program. The session will include lessons learned from the specific events in which active shooters were involved, followed by a discussion that includes an overview of the content of the standard and the roles and responsibilities of those working to prevent future incidents.


  • Cannabis Growing and Fire Safety: The AHJ Perspective: June 11, 10 a.m.

As more states move toward the legalization of marijuana products, the need for safety grows larger. In the newly published NFPA 1, Fire Code, chapter 38 addresses the growing and processing of marijuana in buildings. In this roundtable discussion, representatives from Colorado, Washington, California and Massachusetts speak with the moderator from Massachusetts on their approaches to common challenges with growing and processing in a dynamic and interactive presentation.


  • Healthy In, Healthy Out – Best Practices for Reducing Exposure to Carcinogens: June 12, 9:30 a.m.

Cancer may never be eliminated from the fire service, but this session teaches steps that can be taken to reduce the number of firefighters being diagnosed and dying every year. Healthy In, Healthy Out will teach a comprehensive guide on the current best practices to reduce exposures to the carcinogens that firefighters face every day. Developed by members of the Washington State Council Fire Fighters and the Kent Fire Department, the session will address the five areas of the incident management system.


  • Fire and Life Safety for Large Festivals: June 13, 3:30 p.m.

With a mass of people in one vicinity, large festivals can be a risk when it comes to safety for attendees. In this session, a panel which includes the Fire Marshal for the Coachella and Stage Coach music festivals, key staff from the Burning Man festival, and experts in stage pyrotechnics and outdoor firework displays will share what’s involved in planning, inspecting, and resolving safety concerns. Additionally, the panel will address lessons learned from large festivals that can be applied to smaller events.


  • Fire Safety Challenges of Tall Wood Buildings Phase 2 Research Results: June 11, 8:30 a.m.

Following the Grenfell Tower fire, the question of fire safety challenges of tall wood buildings became the focus of research to quantify the contribution of cross-laminated timber (CLT) building elements in compartment fires. Attendees will hear the results of the research including literature reviews, experiments, and modeling that will enable designers to validate design equations and develop a fire protection strategy to mitigate the potential hazard to occupants, firefighters and property.


About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
Founded in 1896, NFPA is a global, nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. The association delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach and advocacy; and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering the NFPA mission. For more information, visit All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed online for free at

NFPA Mascot, Sparky the Fire Dog, Makes a Special Visit to Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada



Today the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)’s official mascot, Sparky the Fire Dog®, kicked off the first day of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada’ssummer programwith a special fire prevention assembly at the James Clubhouse. Sparky the puppet taught approximately 50 children the importance of smoke alarm safety and passed out fire hats and coloring books. Sparky also wagged his tail to a fun fire song, “What’s that sound?”reminding the children that if you hear a “beep, beep, beep, if there’s a fire, got to move your feet!.”


The North Las Vegas Fire Department made an appearance and gave the children a tour of the fire engine and demonstrations of the equipment. Sparky, the crew, NFPA representatives, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada representatives and the children gathered around and snapped a group photo.


Sparky is in Las Vegas this week to support the NFPA Conference & Expo, June 9-12 at Mandalay Bay. The NFPA Conference & Expo gathers leading experts for the most comprehensive educational event in fire, life and electrical safety, offering practical knowledge during more than 150 session and in-depth seminars. For more information about the NFPA Conference & Expo, please visit

Sparky and Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada1 Sparky and NFPA Representative, Judy Comoletti1 Sparky teaching Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada1 Sparky, NFPA Representatives, North Las Vegas Fire Department, BGCSNV1


Photo credit: National Fire Protection Association

National Fire Protection Association’s Annual Firefighter Fatality Report Shows Lowest Number of On-duty Deaths for Second Consecutive Year

National Fire Protection Association’s annual firefighter fatality report
shows lowest number of on-duty deaths for second consecutive year

NFPA reports 61 on-duty firefighter deaths in 2011, the lowest annual total in 35 years

Today the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) released its annual Firefighter Fatality Report showing a total of 61 on-duty firefighter deaths in the United States in 2011, the lowest annual total of firefighter deaths for the second consecutive year, as well as the lowest annual total in 35 years. The number of firefighter deaths has also sharply decreased over the past three years, a dramatic decline from 105 deaths in 2008. NFPA released the results during a special session at the NFPA Conference & Expo in Las Vegas.


“It is certainly good news that the number of firefighter deaths has continued to decrease, reaching an all-time low since our first report in 1977,” says Rita Fahy, NFPA’s manager of fire databases and systems. “We are grateful for the sacrifices of these brave individuals and are hopeful that with expanded use of codes and standards and other safety initiatives the downward trend in the number of firefighters dying on duty will continue.”

Of the 61 firefighters who died while on duty in 2011, 35 were volunteer firefighters, 21 were career firefighters, three were employees of state land management agencies and two were employees of federal land management agencies. The largest share of deaths occurred while firefighters were operating on the fire ground, representing 49 percent of the on-duty deaths in the year.

The decline of firefighter deaths occurred in the following areas:

  • Lowest number of sudden cardiac deaths
  • Lowest number of road vehicle crashes
  • No aircraft or watercraft crashes
  • The number of deaths while involved in training activities is the lowest since 1999
  • Lowest number of volunteer firefighter deaths ever
  • Lowest number of career firefighter deaths (tied with 1993)
  • Lowest number of deaths while responding to or returning from alarms

The firefighter fatality study is made possible by the cooperation and assistance of the United States fire service, the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Program of the Department of Justice, CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the United States Fire Administration, the Forest Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Bureau of Land Management of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

For more information about NFPA and the 2011 Firefighter Fatality Report, visit

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. Visit NFPA’s website at for more information.