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NFPA Conference & Expo coming to Chicago

Published on 11 March 2009

The NFPA Conference & Expo 2009 will be held at McCormick Place, Lake Drive, Chicago from Monday June 8 - Thursday June 11
More than 5,000 fire and life safety professionals are expected to attend the 2009 NFPA Conference & Expo
McCormick Place, June 8-11, 2009

Presented by ROC-NFPA, LLC, the 2009 NFPA Conference & Expo begins Monday, June 8 and concludes Thursday, June 11, at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. More than 5,000 fire and life safety professionals are expected to attend.

The annual event is the most important fire, security, electrical and life safety event for professionals who work daily to save lives and protect property. Meeting outcomes not only effect the profession but the public, as many proposed safety and building codes are voted on. The conference and expo runs Monday through Wednesday, June 8-10. Code voting will take place June 10-11.

The conference features more than 130 education sessions. Concurrent tracks focus on building and life safety, codes and standards, detection and suppression, emergency/business continuity, fire and emergency services, fire protection engineering, facility fire safety and security, electrical, public education and research. This year's spotlight sessions from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Wednesday, June 10 include "How the Great Chicago Fires Impacted Code Development," with Martin J. Pabich, Underwriters Laboratories, Inc., Northbrook, Ill., and "U.S. Chemical Safety & Hazard Investigation Board Response to Dust Explosions and Other Investigations," with John Bresland, U.S. Chemical Safety Board, Washington, D.C.

The featured presentation, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesday, is titled "World Trade Center - NIST Report on Collapse of Tower 7," with Shyam Sunder, Ph.D., National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Md.

Attendees and exhibitors 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 exposition features more than 300 organizations and companies exhibiting products and services related to fire protection, building and life safety systems, electrical systems and building design. For the latest information on the conference, including the conference blog, click here.

NFPA has been a worldwide leader in providing fire, electrical, building and life safety to the public since 1896. The mission of the international nonprofit organization 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. ROC Exhibitions, Inc., Lisle, Ill., celebrating 15 years in business in 2009, produces seven trade shows annually in the United States and Mexico.

Together, ROC-NFPA, LLC presents NFPA Americas' Fire & Security Expo, July 28-30, 2009 in Miami Beach, Florida. To learn more, visit

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