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A return to the NFPA

Posted on : Friday, 17 June 2022

The National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) annual conference was held from 6 - 8 June, in Boston, celebrating its 125th anniversary. 

 

This year, changes to US immigration rules meant that - for the first time in three years - Australians could attend in person, so FPA Australia CEO John Kilgour and National Manager, Technical and Advocacy Leigh Gesthuizen booked some tickets and escaped the Melbourne winter. 

 

A variety of expert presenters spoke to many and varied topics, ranging from lessons from the Arizona Lithium-ion storage fire to regulatory restrictions to the use of hydrofluorocarbon agents to public education on fire safety, even to the use of virtual reality to communicate the benefits of residential sprinklers. 

 

Over 5,000 people attended the sessions and the tradeshow, making it the largest fire protection event on the planet, and the breadth of innovations and technologies on display was impressive. 

 

As might be expected, many organisations take the opportunity of such an event to tack their own meetings on the end, and John and Leigh attended the International Fire Sprinkler Coalition Board meeting on the 9th, where Leigh updated the Coalition on the work of the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition Australia. 

 

From FPA Australia's perspective, it was invaluable to attend such an event on the heels of our own conference, and John and Leigh have brought back lots of notes on what we can learn, and what might be relevant for the industry and the Association. 

There might be a couple of future articles in the pipeline.